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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 08-17-08, 03:11 PM   #1
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80's criterium conversion help

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so i have an 80's cannondale criterium that i would like to convert to a single speed. and online ive seen these great looking SS on my exact frame. but the bike stores that i have brough my crit to check out, theyve said that i would need a chain tensioner. I was wondering why the SS crits that i have seen dont have tensioners but im being told i need one. thanks for the help.
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You probably don't need a tensioner. Do you have horizontal dropouts? Post a pic.
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http://velospace.org/node/2966

i have the same bike as this conversion.
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nevermind. It looks like the bike in the pic found a magic gear ratio that works. 16 in the rear... he says 'small ring,' so probably 42 or maybe 39 up front works with the chainstay lengths. He might have used a half link. E-mail the dude?
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