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Originally Posted by jignall
I'm thinking of converting my Trek 520 touring bike to a single speed for commuting. The thing I'm having the biggest logistical issue with in terms of planning it is whether chain tensioning is going to be an issue because of the vertical rear dropouts.
Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on this issue?
Also, is it possible to run a single speed setup using standard road skewers (vs. axle bolts)?
Thanks in advance.
This has been discussed many times here, but I'll humor you anyway. You have 3 choices with a SS and vertical dropouts:
1) Install a chain tensioner like a singulator
2) Use your existing rear derailleur, locked at the position of your cog
3) Do the magic gear trick and / or use a half link. With a SS chain tension doesn't need to be real precise, and you can allow a fair amount of slack w/o having problems
As to using a road skewer, since you have vertical dropouts then it doesn't matter what kind of gearing you are using, a road quick release skewer will work.
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