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TheLemon
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Pignon (multi-speed) without derailleur on SS bike

I am in the process of converting a 70's- 80's Colnago steel bike to a single speed (freewheeling) bike.

I was wondering whether it would work to just leave my 5-speed (14-18) pignon (I don't know if this is the correct English word for it) on my rear wheel on a to-be single speed bike. I would remove the derailleur and shorten the chain. That way I can still choose from 5 gears (actually 3 or 4 maximum for better chainline), in the garage with the help of some tools to find the optimal gearing for me. And more importantly, it would save me the money to buy a dedicated single speed rear wheel. The bike currently has some very nice vintage Dura Ace hubs, so I would really like to keep them.
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