First off, I'm a long-time lurker and really enjoy these forums. I've read lots of good stuff so far, and am looking for a little bit of specific advice.
OK so I have an old 80s Nikishi bike which I bought at the local recycling center for $10. Currently I have it set up as a single speed (39x17), using the original suntour freewheel. Chainline is pretty good.
I'm going to make a fix out of the stock freewheel, and I can think of two ways to do it. I know this isn't the proper way to do a fix with a single cog and a redished wheel etc etc, but this bike was cheap and so am I (plus the wheel is too rusted to redish). Someday I'll have a "real" setup, but I want this to get me through the winter. Any opinions would be appreciated
1. Take off the freewheel (I have to pay someone to do this), disassemble it, jam a bunch of misc. metal parts in the freewheeling mechanism, freeze those with some epoxy. Reinstall freewheel. I know someone who has done it this way and apparently it works.
2. Without removing the freewheel, find someone (probably have to pay for this too) to weld the outside of the freewheel, fixing the outside (freewheeling) ring to the inner (static) ring. A friend and I did something similar to this before on a shimano freehub, and it worked well. I don't have access to any welding equipment here, tho. If I go this way, who should I find to do the work? Bike shop? Car mechanic? It's a 5 min job for anyone who can use a torch/welder.
I've heard that since the bike is pretty old that I don't have to worry about the (fixed) freewheel coming off. Is this true? Since method #2 doesn't require removing the freewheel at all, is it less likely to come off?