I removed the derailers from my Bianchi Sport today, shortened the chain using the small chain ring giving me a 42/17 gearing. Transition went very well. Had some questions for you folks that have done some conversions before:
1- I am hearing a lot of chain noise. My chain is running very straight, no cross-chain action going on. Is this normal?
2- I needed to bring my wheel further into the drop-outs after the chain was shortened. I needed to turn in the spring/screws. I tried to "tune" the wheel as best as I could to the frame. Is there a better way to tune this? Or wait until I see un-even tire wear?
3- Brakes... the front brakes are shot. The rear as almost as bad. I want to replace them. Are all road brake sets standard as far as mounting is concerned? I am looking as an inexpensive set from Nashbar.
Thanks in advance!!