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Old 02-01-08, 08:47 PM
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Single Speed on the Cheap

Hey everyone. Here the thing, I want to convert my Norco Wolverine into a single speed but am pretty low on cash...so...I've got a couple ideas on how I might be able to convert it into a single speed and wanted some opinions on it and/or suggestions.

- I could us PBC piping (I think that's what it's called...the plumbing stuff) as spacers
- I could take apart an old cassette to get a cog but my question with this is will the cog be strong enough without the others around it?
- I could modify an old rear derailleur to us as a tensioner seeing as I don't have horizontal drop outs

Now the question is would this work fairly well? If not anyone here have some better ideas? Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-01-08, 09:16 PM
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yes to all three. All are common methods.

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If you have access to some old cassettes (which you indicated) you may be able to take a couple apart and use the spacers. Look for old bolted cassettes that are easily taken apart. That should work a lot better than PVC as you can put enough on there to actually cinch them tight with the cassette nut. You can also swap them around for a good chainline.

Using a cog designed to shift for a singlespeed isn't optimal...but it works.

Instead of using the old derailleur, try playing around with all those loose cogs you'll have and try to find a combo that doesn't leave slack in the chain.

There ya go...singlespeed for $0 other than your time.
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got $25 bux?

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not the highest quality stuff, but certainly better than PVC tubing.

I converted a couple of mountain bikes with this kit, and it's easy, works, and rides well once fine tuned.
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Likely stupid idea, but I think cassettes are independent cogs held together by 3 long rivets. If you grind off the rivent heads you might be able to reassemble the cogs in a different order. Or maybe not. I never tried it.

"got $25 bux?" Damn Chinese destroying Americans mechanical skills with their cheap prices. Pretty soon everyone will be working for money just so they can afford to buy new things that work right out of the box, without hours of dangerous and fruitless tinkering.
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Originally Posted by geo8rge View Post
Damn Chinese destroying Americans mechanical skills with their cheap prices.
This garbage again?
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Old 02-03-08, 08:29 AM
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It was a joke. But once you start down the road of off the shelf solutions you do lose the ability to solve, in perhaps a stupid inefficient manner, your own problems.
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Originally Posted by geo8rge View Post
Likely stupid idea, but I think cassettes are independent cogs held together by 3 long rivets. If you grind off the rivent heads you might be able to reassemble the cogs in a different order. Or maybe not. I never tried it.

"got $25 bux?" Damn Chinese destroying Americans mechanical skills with their cheap prices. Pretty soon everyone will be working for money just so they can afford to buy new things that work right out of the box, without hours of dangerous and fruitless tinkering.
funny you should say that,........

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