Hi, currently riding and old italian steel frame (columbus aelle) with 10 Spd Ultegra gruppo...love it....I just picked up a new frame and plan to transfer the 10spd gruppo over leaving me with the Saronni frame (see pic)....
I must say I'm pretty much mystified about this whole singlespeed/fixed-gear idea and think it would be great to convert the Saronni into one (it has horizontal campy dropouts..).
What would be the cheapest and easiest way to convert if I have the following items to 'recycle' :-
- Shimano Sante Crankset 53/39
- Shimano R540 Wheelset with freehub
From what I've read, i do not need a chain tensioner..just the following?
- new chain (of course!)
- singlespeed conversion kit (for Shimano Freehub)
- brakes?? how do you guys acquire stopping skills without brakes???
Or are there other things i need to worry about?