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Old 10-02-08, 03:25 AM   #1
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Noob question - chain tensioners on road frames

Hi All,

I'm struggling to find a secondhand track/singlespeed suitable frame in my part of the world (Hong Kong), so now I'm on to Plan B.

Plan B is to use a road frame and to put a chain tensioning arm on it (bolts on where the derailleur goes) to allow for the different dropout shape.

I've seen the type of thing I could use - http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ingleator.aspx

I will also be looking at using a standard roadbike wheelset and a spacer kit to convert the 8/9/10 speed cassette area to a single speed.

Does anyone have experience with a conversion like this? Will it work fine?

It might not impress the Fixie purists, but my goal is a single speed bike to use to ride to work, thus saving my Ultegra equipped road bike for training on the weekends.
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Hi All,

I'm struggling to find a secondhand track/singlespeed suitable frame in my part of the world (Hong Kong), so now I'm on to Plan B.

Plan B is to use a road frame and to put a chain tensioning arm on it (bolts on where the derailleur goes) to allow for the different dropout shape.

I've seen the type of thing I could use - http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ingleator.aspx

I will also be looking at using a standard roadbike wheelset and a spacer kit to convert the 8/9/10 speed cassette area to a single speed.

Does anyone have experience with a conversion like this? Will it work fine?

It might not impress the Fixie purists, but my goal is a single speed bike to use to ride to work, thus saving my Ultegra equipped road bike for training on the weekends.
The Singulator will work fine as a tensioner as long as you are only going single speed. Do not use this if you are going to be trying fixed. It is a very common tensioner for the MTB world.
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there are some (not that many) fg tensioners that will also work on road frames, but it's not the prettiest. still functional though
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Thanks guys.

Just got a lead on an old Raleigh that I can have for free. It is "a classic" so I'm guessing late 80s or early 90s! Just waiting to see it...

The project begins!
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Thanks guys.

Just got a lead on an old Raleigh that I can have for free. It is "a classic" so I'm guessing late 80s or early 90s! Just waiting to see it...

The project begins!
Then it's likely to have horizontal or semi-horizontal dropouts. If so, you won't need the tensioner.

Good luck!
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there are some (not that many) fg tensioners that will also work on road frames, but it's not the prettiest. still functional though
Fixed gear tensioners? Do you have a link or something, or did you just mean single-speed tensioners?

Again, normal tensioners should NOT be used for fixed applications.
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Fixed gear tensioners? Do you have a link or something, or did you just mean single-speed tensioners?

Again, normal tensioners should NOT be used for fixed applications.
I think he means the tensioners that go in the fork ends on a track bike to pull the wheel tight, which is not the same kind of tensioner that the OP is talking about.
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