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    Schwinn Worldsport SS conversion! Hmm :S

    Hey all, just came across this pretty sweet forum! I recently got my hands on a 90's Schwinn Worldsport and I plan on converting it to single speed. The problem is, I'm not really sure I know how...I've spent a perty long time researching how to but there's so many different bikes out there, it's hard to get a specific DIY...

    If anyone can pitch in some tips, that would be pretty cool...I would like to do this on the cheap but I'll keep my options open!

    My parents split up and they my Diddy took all of the tools, so if you guys can gimmie a list of what to get that would be tite dood. Thanks!

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    Unscrew multi-speed freewheel, screw on bmx freewheel, put on new chain, ride. Your local bike shop should be able to do the labor for pretty cheap if you don't want to spring for the tools.
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    thanks for the reply, know of any worthy bmx freewheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    Unscrew multi-speed freewheel, screw on bmx freewheel, put on new chain, ride. Your local bike shop should be able to do the labor for pretty cheap if you don't want to spring for the tools.
    how about also redishing the wheel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    how about also redishing the wheel?
    oh, yeah. and move spacers so hub sits evenly in dropouts... forgot about that... been such a long time.
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    If you haven't done so already, bookmark this: http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html

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    I have an 85 world sport. I don't know if yours had a freewheel or a cassette. Does anyone know?

    You could take it to a bike shop and have them pull off the freewheel or cassette. That would be cheaper than buying the tool.

    You have to find out what system it is before you buy anything though.
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    I'll probably take mine in to a bike shop and see what they recommend. I think mine has a cassette.
    I've read Sheldon Brown's site but the info seems a little too scattered for me to lock on.

    Maybe I'm making it too complicated as it's a simple task, who knows! I just want to get it done right the first time and not have anything to worry about. My main goal is to convert it to a single speed without a chain tensioner.

    Mine's a 90's model if that helps any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Some Guy View Post
    I'll probably take mine in to a bike shop and see what they recommend. I think mine has a cassette.
    I've read Sheldon Brown's site but the info seems a little too scattered for me to lock on.

    Maybe I'm making it too complicated as it's a simple task, who knows! I just want to get it done right the first time and not have anything to worry about. My main goal is to convert it to a single speed without a chain tensioner.

    Mine's a 90's model if that helps any.
    If your rear wheel has a cassette, that's even better. It means you don't need one of those BMX freewheels or such. You need only a set of spacers and a BMX cog with splines that match your freehub. This solution is far superior to having a thread-on BMX freewheel because:
    1. You only have to replace the cog, not the entire freewheel, once the teeth are worn out.
    2. Depending on the freewheel, removing one from the rear hub can be messy. You need a special tool, but I have ran across a few freewheels for which there is no appropriate removing tool, so one has to disassemble the freewheel in order to remove it. No such problem with cogs that just slide onto the freehub.
    In addition to all that, freehubs are generally better protected against penetration of water and dust, than freewheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Some Guy View Post
    My main goal is to convert it to a single speed without a chain tensioner.

    Mine's a 90's model if that helps any.
    well if you have vertical dropouts then you may need the tensioner.
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    Performancebike.com and others sell kits with a few different size cogs, spacers, lockring, and chain tensioner. You don't need to worry about chainline with these kits because you stack some spacers onto the freehub, then the sprocket, then more spacers, then the lockring, so that the sprocket lines up with the chain.

    You can't respace those wheels because the freehub is part of the hub and will remain on the hub, unlike taking off a 5-7 speed freewheel which causes the hub to get narrower and require less dish on the left side, so don't worry about that.

    If you have vertical dropouts, you may need the chain tensioner unless you can find a magic sprocket and chainring ratio which gives you good chain tension with the hub where it is. I think people who find a magic ratio probabaly calculate the chain length given the size of the front and rear sprockets and the location of the rear hub, because just trying a bunch of sprockets and chainrings would get real expensive. There are also half chain links which can shorten the chain by a half inch instead of a full inch, which is what taking out two complete links of the chain does.

    The only tools you'd need would be a lockring tool to take the cassette off and install the kit, an allen wrench to install the tensioner, a chain breaker, and either a chain whip or a vise and old piece of chain to hold the cassette steady while you remove the lockring.

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    Thanks a lot for the help guys. I'll try and get a hold of some tools and I'll definitely check out the site. Here's some photos I took just to give you guys an idea of what I'm working with.
    Btw, my Schwinn has a freehub so I assume it includes a cassette. If so, then it sounds like this project will be a lot easier than I thought...Just find the tools, take off all the crud and space out my gears correctly 52t-19t and trim my chain. It has a horizontal drop out so I just clip the chain accordingly and fit it in there snugly without the use of a tensioner?

    http://yfrog.com/elimg7125j

    http://yfrog.com/bfimg7122ej

    A little off topic but,

    Anyone got any tips on getting rid of oxidation? And what about paint? I don't mind using spray paint as an alternative as long as I can find some decent/reliable stuff. I'll probably do a White/Black/Blue combination or a Gray/Black/Blue combo and call it "Gray Goose".
    I am still deciding whether I'll saw down the handlebars or keep it as is for the moment. I kind of dig it...
    Last edited by Some Guy; 07-18-09 at 06:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Some Guy View Post
    Thanks a lot for the help guys. I'll try and get a hold of some tools and I'll definitely check out the site. Here's some photos I took just to give you guys an idea of what I'm working with.
    Btw, my Schwinn has a freehub so I assume it includes a cassette. If so, then it sounds like this project will be a lot easier than I thought...Just find the tools, take off all the crud and space out my gears correctly 52t-19t and trim my chain. It has a horizontal drop out so I just clip the chain accordingly and fit it in there snugly without the use of a tensioner?

    http://yfrog.com/elimg7125j

    http://yfrog.com/bfimg7122ej

    A little off topic but,

    Anyone got any tips on getting rid of oxidation? And what about paint? I don't mind using spray paint as an alternative as long as I can find some decent/reliable stuff. I'll probably do a White/Black/Blue combination or a Gray/Black/Blue combo and call it "Gray Goose".
    I am still deciding whether I'll saw down the handlebars or keep it as is for the moment. I kind of dig it...

    Hey, those aren't really vertical dropouts! They are semi-vertical, or even short horizontal ones! I would need a closeup of either dropout to be 100% sure, but it seems very much as if they are short horizontal dropouts, which means that you, most probably, don't need a chain tensioner, which is great! You can tension the chain by simply pulling the wheel backwards in the dropouts. That's a much neater, sturdier solution.

    Read more about dropouts and conversions at Sheldon Brown's excellent website about the topic.

    As for prevention of oxidation: there are two aspects to this problem. Frames oxidize both internally as well as externally. The internal oxidation can be prevented using a so-called frame-saver substance, which your LBS will apply at cost of about US$50. Don't kill me if it's more, this is just the ballpark I'm aware of.

    External oxidation is, of course, prevented by a good paintjob, but a very good preemptive solution is to use spray-paints with zinc. They are some shade of gray and they act as a primer, as far as I know. The problem is, if you want to do a decent job you will have to remove the existing paint and all traces of rust, and the best way to do this is by sandblasting. Etc.....

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    Thanks a lot for the info! By the looks of all my reading and going over the catalog specs and physically looking at my bike's guts, I managed to get an idea of what I need to do.

    My Schwinn does have a Shimano freehub with a hyperglide cassette and semi horizontal dropouts.

    I'll probably need to replace the chain (it's fugly) and replace the cog with a bmx cog.
    Now I gotta get my hands on some tools...

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