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Old 06-16-16, 11:56 AM
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Cheapskate question re: SS/FG bikes

All the cheapest bikes seem to be single-speed or fixies, and many of them actually look good to me.

I need gears, though.

Would it be feasible to buy a cheap SS/FG bike and scavenge the freewheel and derailleurs from one of my 'vintage' bikes (which have other issues)?
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Originally Posted by RichSPK View Post
All the cheapest bikes seem to be single-speed or fixies, and many of them actually look good to me.

I need gears, though.

Would it be feasible to buy a cheap SS/FG bike and scavenge the freewheel and derailleurs from one of my 'vintage' bikes (which have other issues)?
While there are a few exceptions, most SS/FG bikes don't have derailleurs hangers, so mounting a RD is going to be a kludge job for sure. Also the rear dropout spacing is 120 on fixed and 130 on multi-speed.
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+1. Seems like it would be more work than fixing whatever is wrong with your geared bikes.
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Usually there are plenty of affordable multi-gear bikes on the used market.
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There are some great looking fixies out there. It is entirely possible to convert them to geared.

Here's a pic of some DMR chain tugs with derailleur hanger.



PS Pic of Shimano chain stay cable stop.


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Merry Sales has some options to convert track ends to multi-speed, but nothing about the process, from hub, to cassette/freewheel is cheap.
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got a cheapo from a kijiji sale try looking there, you can find bikes as cheap as $50
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Originally Posted by andr0id View Post
While there are a few exceptions, most SS/FG bikes don't have derailleurs hangers, so mounting a RD is going to be a kludge job for sure. Also the rear dropout spacing is 120 on fixed and 130 on multi-speed.
No derailleur hangers? Sheesh!

The rear spacing on my '73 Raleigh Record is 120mm, too - one reason why I'm trying to keep myself from investing much money in it.
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Originally Posted by GeoKrpan View Post
There are some great looking fixies out there. It is entirely possible to convert them to geared.

Here's a pic of some DMR chain tugs with derailleur hanger.
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PS Pic of Shimano chain stay cable stop.
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Thanks! I'll have to check that out, but it sounds like a SS/FG bike is not the best way to get what I want at a price I like.

Originally Posted by vsudhir18 View Post
got a cheapo from a kijiji sale try looking there, you can find bikes as cheap as $50
I'll check out kijiji. I haven't found much that interests me locally on craigslist or ebay.
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Originally Posted by vsudhir18 View Post
got a cheapo from a kijiji sale try looking there, you can find bikes as cheap as $50
I finally remembered to check out kijiji. It seems to be Canada-only, and it's owned by eBay (not a problem, just interesting).
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