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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 11-03-09, 04:58 PM   #1
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hill billy singlespeed conversion

I have a 07 rockhopper. All of the shifting worked okay but it all needed replaced. The bike has over 2k on it. So I thought single speed. Well, I cant get out to my LBS for a couple weeks so in the meantime heres what went down. I took the cables off the derailleur and it defaulted to 8th gear. way too low. so I made some adjustments and got it to default into 6th gear. then I took off the cassette and its an 8spd so the 7th and 8th gear independant. I put the 7th gear on first as a spacer then put the cassette on then put the 8th gear back on since it was what the lockring binded too. Now it defaults in 5th gear. I have shifter and brakes combined into 1 lever. I have extra brake levers but its almost dark and I will fiddle with that tomorrow. anyway moved the index to 1 and 8 then snipped the cables then put it in 3 and 1 so no cable was showing. then the front derailleur is trash so i got my long screw driver and snapped the cage so the chain could slip through. then i removed the 3rd chain chain ring and since I needed that ring as a spacer for the bolts to bite I replaced it with washers. Pics are comming really soon (10 min). its really funny. Now it defaults in the 5th ring which I didnt look to see what it was but its somewhere around 20 I would guess and the front 2nd chainring which is 32. 32 20(ish). Not bad. Im planning on buying a real single speed conversion as soon as I can get to my lbs.
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Old 11-03-09, 05:06 PM   #2
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Old 11-03-09, 05:11 PM   #3
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stupid computer wont let me upload. "166.JPG: Upload of file failed"
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The bike has over 2k on it.
I'm surprised it all needed replaced. That isn't a high mileage bike IMO.
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success. how do I make it big?
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Old 11-03-09, 05:21 PM   #6
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I'm surprised it all needed replaced. That isn't a high mileage bike IMO.
I know. I was kinda mad. the 8th gear is totally chewed out but I could just buy that but everything has worn to my chain so I cant really just replace one. Now I got a 2nd single speed
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You could have just mounted the gear levers pointing down so you can't reach them when you're riding. Much less work and still as much single speed as your work.
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what? when I click browse my pic is this C:\Users\Bike Man\Pictures\2009-11-03\166.JPG so how do I make it big?
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It only takes 50 cents worth of PVC and a hacksaw to make a cassette into a single speed.
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Old 11-04-09, 05:39 PM   #12
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It only takes 50 cents worth of PVC and a hacksaw to make a cassette into a single speed.
true but id rather have this http://www.performancebike.com/webap...ductId=1031512 its $20 at the store. then some single chainring bolts.
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true but id rather have this http://www.performancebike.com/webap...ductId=1031512 its $20 at the store. then some single chainring bolts.
I don't disagree, but look at the thread title.
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I don't disagree, but look at the thread title.
I know. This was just for s***s and giggles.
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