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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 07-18-08, 02:59 PM   #1
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Ghetto SS by yanking derailleur cables?

Is it possible to do a psuedo-SS bike by just yanking the cables from the derailleurs and using the RD as a tensioner? Or would that introduce some friction/interference in some way that would cause the chain to lock up? Anyone do it this way? I wanna try it first before dropping some money on a tensioner/new chain.♠
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Is it possible to do a psuedo-SS bike by just yanking the cables from the derailleurs and using the RD as a tensioner? Or would that introduce some friction/interference in some way that would cause the chain to lock up? Anyone do it this way? I wanna try it first before dropping some money on a tensioner/new chain.♠
you don't even need to yank the cables. just don't shift.
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you don't even need to yank the cables. just don't shift.
I've been trying that out but the urge to shift overtakes some times. It's the whole forced-into-doing-it mentality I'm trying to reach here.
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I've been trying that out but the urge to shift overtakes some times. It's the whole forced-into-doing-it mentality I'm trying to reach here.
Set the limit screws on the derailleur. If you decide you don't like it you won't even have to reinstall the cables.
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Well is it doable or do I have to spend money on a tensioner? If I can just keep the RD on as a tensioner I'd rather just do that.
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