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Old 03-26-11, 01:03 PM   #1
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Cheapest way to convert a bike to SSFG?

Hi, I am totally new to SSFG but I have been thinking to convert my Peugeot to a SSFG. Planning to get a Flip Flop Hub 700c wheel online (not sure how much is right), replace the chain, to achieve the SSFG. Maybe leave the front double chainring on for now? Will this be the cheapest way to approach it? I apologize if this is a real nooby question.
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I think leaving double front chainrings is super sloppy, but yeah, that will work. It doesn't cost much to get new, slimmer chainring bolts. Unless your Peugot is low end and doesn't have removable chainrings.

Actually the cheapest option is to redish/respace your existing wheel and install a freewheel or suicide fixed cog with bb lockring
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What year is your frame? What are the rear dropouts like? Is your existing wheelset a newer cassette/freewheel design?
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It's a '84 Peugeot PB12 with horizontal dropouts. Will that works with the flip flop hub wheel at the back? By the way, do I need a chain tensioner in this kind of setup?
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don't shift. boom.
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don't shift. boom.
You must be joking right? If simply just don't shift, we don't even need this SSFG sub forum for discussion then.
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You must be joking right? If simply just don't shift, we don't even need this SSFG sub forum for discussion then.
Hmm.....I may bring your idea to the moderation team.....Thanks!
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don't shift. boom.

That takes care of the SS part, but not the FG part.
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don't coast. boom.
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in all seriousness....

With horizontal dropouts you won't need a tensioner. I can't speak for rear spacing and wheel compatibility. I'm not smart in that department. My frame is a modern road frame, so I used a 10 speed wheel and used spacers on the hub to position the cog.
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Not necessarily the cheapest way, but getting a flip-flop hub rear wheel will work. If your chain rings are removable from the crank, take one off. You will either need shorter bolts to put it back together, or grind your bolts shorter.

The spacing of your frame at the rear axle could be a problem. Look for a wheel that is the same or close to your spacing. If your frame is steel, it will bend some with no problem.
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Cheapest way is remove cassette, redish wheel, and respace axle. Then you either choose SS or FG (no flip flop) Removing the other chainring shouldn't be a problem. Not hard to do, just need the proper tools and truing stand access.
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cheapest way? pull off derailleurs and shifters, dump freewheel full of jb weld, find which cog on the rear best lines up with the inside chainring (you might be able to swap the big ring to the inside for a bigger ratio if it clears the frame), then break chain with a chainbreaker and shorten it so it's tight when between chosen rear cog and inner ring. keep brakes on because the jb weld can fail spontaneously and you won't have any other way to stop. basically out $20 (12 tool, 8 jb weld)

also this'll probably wreck your rear hub, and will definitely wreck your freewheel. depending on what peugeot you have it might be more economical to sell the whole thing off complete and buy a kilo tt or whatever.
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