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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 06-10-09, 11:22 PM   #1
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seredipity = first single speed

I have been wanting to build up a ss for a while. I have a cross check, but rely on it as my main source commuting transportation and don't want to convert it. I have been trying to find a cheap road bike to convert.

Living next to a college campus, cheap bikes get left at the various apartment complexes all the time. A former neighbor left a Roadmaster mtb about a year ago, and I was passing it one day when I noticed that it had nearly horizontal dropouts, more so than even the cc. So I pulled of the derailers and shifters, picked a front and rear gear that make a good chainline, pulled off all the decals, and off I go. I have gotten comments on how cool the bike is. I don't tell them that I started with an abandoned xmart bike.

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Old 06-12-09, 05:42 PM   #3
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Here are the pics of my pseudo build:

I am running 42 x 18. I can't take the extra chainrings off as they are all welded on. I pulled the wheels off of another cheap bike, not sure of the make or model.
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