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Old 07-12-13, 08:55 PM
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Single Speed Conversion of a '93 GT Talera

I'm currently working on converting my old GT Talera into a single speed for city commuting as a summer project. This is my first time doing something like this, so I have quite a few questions. Most I've been able to find answers to, but these I haven't. Any help would be much appreciated!

Where is a good place I can get custom decals made? I'd like to put my logo on the bike somewhere.

I'd like to install bullhorn handlebars just to try something different and have multiple hand positions. My only concern is that my clamp doesn't have a removable face plate. Will the bars still fit through the stem clamp given the sharp bends? (if it matters, I'm looking at buying these: http://www.fyxation.com/products/cat...o-bullhorn-bar).
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White Eno Eccentric hub tensions chains in vertical dropout frames ,

but for a single speed with a freewheel a chain tensioner will be fine.

It uses the dropout eyelet, ..
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? Not sure what you are talking about?

And never mind about the decal thing. I've figured out how to print my own
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Originally Posted by stephenkistner View Post
? Not sure what you are talking about?

And never mind about the decal thing. I've figured out how to print my own
If you aren't quite sure what he is talking about, you have more issues than trying to figure out how to swap bars- you've also got to figure out a way to properly tension the chain.
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If you aren't quite sure what he is talking about, you have more issues than trying to figure out how to swap bars- you've also got to figure out a way to properly tension the chain.
Yep, I know that. I just wasn't sure what it had to do with my original post.
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Not an answer to your question, but if you do add bullhorns, be sure to post a picture. I have an early 90's GT and can't visualize that frame and bar combo. Well, actually, I don't think you'll be able get that 90 degree bend through the GT stem...the clamp area is nearly twice as wide as that on my vintage road bike.
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Originally Posted by stephenkistner View Post
I'd like to install bullhorn handlebars just to try something different and have multiple hand positions. My only concern is that my clamp doesn't have a removable face plate. Will the bars still fit through the stem clamp given the sharp bends? (if it matters, I'm looking at buying these: http://www.fyxation.com/products/cat...o-bullhorn-bar).
You have a single-bolt clamp on your stem. I bet the clamp has reliefs that will allow you to twist the bullhorn bars through it. Failing that, sometimes you can pry the clamp open a bit to allow the bend of the handlebar to pass through the clamp. It can take a little wiggling, but it can be done.

If it really is impossible, standard MTB handlebars with bar-end extensions will do almost the same thing.

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Originally Posted by Bike Rat View Post
Not an answer to your question, but if you do add bullhorns, be sure to post a picture. I have an early 90's GT and can't visualize that frame and bar combo. Well, actually, I don't think you'll be able get that 90 degree bend through the GT stem...the clamp area is nearly twice as wide as that on my vintage road bike.
I'll definitely post pictures. I've had a hard time coming across any to help me out.
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You have a single-bolt clamp on your stem. I bet the clamp has reliefs that will allow you to twist the bullhorn bars through it. Failing that, sometimes you can pry the clamp open a bit to allow the bend of the handlebar to pass through the clamp. It can take a little wiggling, but it can be done.

If it really is impossible, standard MTB handlebars with bar-end extensions will do almost the same thing.
Thanks for the reply. The clamp actually has two bolts, if that matters. I'm just going to give it a try
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Huh, forgot about the similarity to mtb bars with bar ends...guess I can visualize it.

I just measured the handlebar clamps:
–late 80's / early 90's Tequesta with -single bolt- is approx. 1.75"
–vintage road bike is approx. 1.25"

Don't mean to discourage you, but as I said before, I doubt it'll route through the clamp. Still, can't hurt to try.
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Thanks for the reply. The clamp actually has two bolts, if that matters. I'm just going to give it a try
Oh, that stem. That's going to be fugly. I would stick with standard straight mountain-bike bars, and track down some long, straight bar-ends. If they're steel, you could even install bullhorn brake levers on them.

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What if I were to purchase this stem? My current one is marked 22.2 on the stem, so I'd assume this one would work with my frame. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001GS...sr=1-3&pi=SL75
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What if I were to purchase this stem? My current one is marked 22.2 on the stem, so I'd assume this one would work with my frame. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001GS...sr=1-3&pi=SL75
Yep, that'll work.
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
Yep, that'll work.
I'm going to try that then. Thanks for all the help!
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