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Old 06-17-09, 11:41 AM   #1
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Schwinn Traveler, fixie or SS?

I just traded an old mountain bike for an early 80's traveler. Sugino crank and suntour AR components. I want to build up my first single speed and am wondering whether I should go fixed or single? I will be using this bike as a commuter and my ride, while short (2 miles) is moderately hilly.

Can I use the crank on the bike on this conversion? The wheels are 27 inch, rear freewheel, can this be used? Are the suntour AR derailleurs and shifters any good?

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Depends on what you want out of it if you go fixed or free. Personally I'm not completely sold on the benefits of a freewheel if we are talking strictly about single speeds. By going SS, you are already at a disadvantage, so why bother having the advantage of being able to rest on downhills? Etc. But that is a personal choice ... I can only tell you what I prefer.

If you are converting an old road bike, you don't need to replace cranks. Conversions are really easy. All you really need is a new rear wheel with a cog and lockring.

Not sure exactly of all the components you have ... maybe I am misunderstanding. But details would help.
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Get a new rear wheel with a flip/flop hub or just buy a new wheelset. That will solve your SS/fixed dilemma.
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Depends on what you want out of it if you go fixed or free. Personally I'm not completely sold on the benefits of a freewheel if we are talking strictly about single speeds. By going SS, you are already at a disadvantage, so why bother having the advantage of being able to rest on downhills? Etc. But that is a personal choice ... I can only tell you what I prefer.

If you are converting an old road bike, you don't need to replace cranks. Conversions are really easy. All you really need is a new rear wheel with a cog and lockring.

Not sure exactly of all the components you have ... maybe I am misunderstanding. But details would help.
Sorry, front and rear der. and clamp on downtube shifters are sutour AR. At some point in time, I want to build up a randonneur style bike and am wondering if those components are worth saving for that project.
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Old 06-17-09, 03:29 PM   #5
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By going SS, you are already at a disadvantage, so why bother having the advantage of being able to rest on downhills?
This makes no sense.

OP, figure out what kind of chainline you're gonna get if you use the existing crank and hub, but with a SS cog. If it's straight, and everything is in good condition, then you can save a lot of $$ by using the same stuff, and just buying a chainring and some cogs. This is only if you're gonna stick with a freewheel though... going fixed means you'll need a new hub at the very least.
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This is only if you're gonna stick with a freewheel though... going fixed means you'll need a new hub at the very least.
Not if this has threading for a freewheel cluster, which I'd guess it does based on the age. A fixed-specific hub is preferable for many folks, but by no means a necessity.
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