73 Atala Super Professional, 09 Motobecane Jury, 80 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 and a Trek 1500
I picked this guy up at the thrift for $20. I would like to make a single speed out of it for a winter commuter bike. What would be the easiest cheapest way to do so. The down side is it does have vertical dropouts. What can I do?
Easiest, cheapest way is to choose what gear you want, take the rest of them off, and add spacers. Store-bought they're about 10 dollars. You could get some spacers from an old cassette, or make your own out of the right gauge PVC if you have the proper tools.
Then take off the shift lever and cable, and set the adjuster screws on the der to keep the chain tension right. I think you're looking at $10 if you do it that way.
Or you can get a SS conversion kit with a cog, spacers, and tensioner. That's like $20 over on ebay.
what about savoring the amazing deal you got and ride it until the deraillers fail and then worrying about converting it to single speed?
it's set up pretty nicely, add a set of fenders and a set of lights and you've got yourself a really solid, nice commuting bike, i wonder what happened to the bike's person that such a nice set up would wind up at a thrift shop....?
Use the money you save on the conversion for new tires. Will you be riding in the snow? If so, get some of the biggest tires that'll fit.
Is that crank set a double? If so put a MTB bash guard on it. They are meant for off road riding to protect your chain rings, but they serve an extra purpose of protecting your trouser leg from getting stuck in the chain.