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    Vertical Dropouts

    Can I get chain tension within reason, using half-links?

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    Fixed or single speed?
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    I'm open.

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    With every combo? No.
    With certain gear combos? Yes.
    With specific gear combos? You don't even need the halfie.

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    I don't advise vertical dropouts with fixed, after the first ride, and the chain stretches a little, too much play and its not enjoyable.

    This wouldn't matter with SS as you don't need to backpedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 532nm View Post
    Can I get chain tension within reason, using half-links?
    It depends. Chainstay length and cog and chainring tooth count all figure into this. If you have a penchant for trigonometry you could probably come up with an algorithm to figure this out by plugging in the appropriate numbers, but AFAIK there's no pre-made solution to determine this.

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    Okay, I will try with singlespeed. Thanks.

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    Even if you do find a "magic ratio", tension will change as soon as your chain stretches. Unless you plan on getting a new chain every month, you may be up the creek.

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    i have a "magic geared" singlespeed conversion. i love that particular bike in that configuration and keeping an eye on tension/stretch/replacement is worth it. just be aware of what you're getting into.

    with singlespeed you can also run a tensioner.

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    Derailleur hanger on frame?
    If you're on a super tight budget you can cut up an old derailleur to act as a tensioner. Alternatively perhaps something like a Surly singleator.
    If you don't like either of these alternatives as they muck up the clean SS chainline then these chainstay rollers are a bit more subtle:
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...500_AA300_.jpg

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