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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 03-12-09, 12:55 PM   #1
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Converting to single speed

Alright, first off, I've already read the Getting Started w/ Fixed/SS thread.

I just need to know something real quick. I've got a late 80's lugged Specialized Sirrus parts bike. The frame is cherry but most of the components were missing and I'd like to make it SS.

My question is, what would be the cheapest way to make this thing SS? It's got a 7 or 8 speed Shimano cassette I can take off, but I don't want to buy new hubs, or wheels. Could I just take the cassette off and somehow attach a singlespeed 17t sprocket on it? I just want to make sure before I buy it. I'd expect that I might make it fixed later on but right now I just want it rollin.


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Old 03-12-09, 01:09 PM   #2
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It's not the cheapest approach, but it might be the simplest if it's got a Shimano hub/cassette:

Surly Fixxer

That would convert you to SS & fixed in one shot and you'd be done and ready to just concentrate on riding.
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It looks like that's only to attach a fixed cog though. I guess maybe I should have spoken more clearly. I want the bike to be a single speed freewheel using the already existing hub (sans cassette)
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It looks like that's only to attach a fixed cog though. I guess maybe I should have spoken more clearly. I want the bike to be a single speed freewheel using the already existing hub (sans cassette)
The cheapest way is the Forte singlespeed kit from Performance. $30 on sale right now, comes with a bunch of cogs, spacers, and a chain tensioner.
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if the frame has horizontal dropouts though, I don't need a tensioner, right?
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THE cheapest way to make the bike SS is to just remove the RD, shorten the chain and run it to the proper gear in the cassette you allready have, that costs....nothing
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