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    Single Speed Conversion

    Hello, new here and was just wondering if anyone had any ideas i hadnt thought up yet. Im trying to set up my schwinn alure (89) to a single speed free wheel. I was able to get a good gear ratio with good chain tension using a bmx rear cassette but my chain alignment is off and i can not space the front gear any closer to the frame because of clearance and i tried to get the back cassette to sit further away from the hub but im not getting it out far enough. Any products out there to help space that cassette out from the hub more? Im just running out of threads. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Maybe move the front chainring inwards, to the middle ring position, rather than try and move the rear sprocket out, this is what most people do.

    There's a dedicated singlespeed forum if you want to pop over there?. Probably worth taking a picture of your setup and I'm sure someone will pop up with a good solution

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    If it's a freewheel hub you can change the spacers on the hub itself, spacing the entire wheel over. Then you should have the wheel re-dished.
    Another option may be to go with a smaller front ring that would give more room to space the ring inward without it hitting the chainstay, then go with a smaller rear freewheel to give the same gear ratio.
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