Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.
Originally Posted by hockeyteeth
Strip off the derailleurs and shifters, then either respace the axle for a usable SS chainline and redish the wheel to recenter the rim on the axle (usually not worth doing on older cheap wheels), or buy a singlespeed-specific wheel with 126mm spacing, and shorten your chain once the wheel is installed.
A potential idiosyncratic issue with the Viscount Aerospace is that it has a proprietary unthreaded, sealed bottom bracket: the bearing cartridges are pressed directly into the shell with a proprietary spindle with circlips fitted inside. Running a single ring on the inner plateau of a double crank usually gives a usable chainline, though.
That said, the Aerospace makes a nice fixed gear bike; I have one myself:
This came to me as a bare frame. No fork, bottom bracket, or even paint. I ended up reaming the shell and tapping Italian threads into it to use a regular threaded bottom bracket. That's a fairly big job if you have to pay someone else to do it, so it's probably worth your while to try and make the existing bottom bracket work.