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Fake Single Speed

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Sometimes you have to just work with what you’ve got.

This is my wife’s old bike. It’s been wasting away in the garage for years, mostly because it needed a major tune-up. The derailleurs were old and shot.

Not being a very expensive, high-end bike, it didn’t seem like it was worth the investment to replace the components.

I hate seeing any bike go to waste, so I decided to make it useful again by turning it into a single speed.

Because I didn’t want to spend any money on it yet, I went with what I had. With the derailleurs removed, and the chain shortened, I just picked a gear on the existing cassette and crank. Because of the design of the frame, I didn’t think a chain tensioner wasn’t needed. After taking some spins and popping the chain a few times, I’m starting to rethink that.

I’d love to switch out the cranks and chainring, mostly because it’s a bit egg-shaped. I wouldn’t mind switching the cassette to a single ring, but I’m not sure how to do that or if I have the right tools. That will have to come later.

There you have it – ghetto single speed. It works and is actually a fun little ride.

Written by dickdavid

October 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm