I'm trying to convert this Roadmaster, 18 speed mountain bike to a single speed. This will be my first time. I want to do this as cheap as possible because I live in NYC where bikes get stolen regularly.
So I was going to remove all the gear cables, shifters, and I wanted to put a single speed chain ring & cog. Can I take apart the multiple gear cogs & chain rings and just use one of those? Or should I buy a new cog & chain ring made for single speed?
I was also thinking about a single speed conversion kit. Is this the cheapest way to convert to single speed or is there a better way that is just as cheap?
Also, when I convert to a single speed can I pedal backwards without the rear wheel moving backwards like a BMX bike? Or will it move backwards like a fixed gear?