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Pics-Questions for my first single speed conversion
I was lusting for a Raleigh One Way when they were British Racing Green two years ago. Then I realized it would make better sense to convert my Bronze Green 74' Grand Prix which is in like new condition (except for not being cleaned) after hanging in a basment for most of it's life with the owner's manual rolled up inside the saddle.
The cheap black plastic Simplex derailers are unsightly and don't shift well so this is a good bike to convert. And I have two other derailer bikes in case my legs can't handle a 42 x 16 or whatever.
1. Is it silly to think the cottered crank can remain? I would like to just drop the big ring and leave the 42 without buying a new crank and dealing with Raleigh thread and bottom bracket issues. This cottered set has not given me problems but can they handle the standing and force of fixed or SS riding?
2. I've read through Sheldon Brown's conversion articles. I'm guessing if I can use this crankset with smaller chainring bolts it's just an issue of placing a SS cog in the rear with a new chain of course and getting the wheel respaced and redished?
Thanks in advance from a newbie.