What do you do with a garage full of old parts and nearly zero budget for new parts? Yup. build a single speed. From my collection of old parts dis-guarded only because of upgrades on my other bikes. I was missing basically a drive train, no cassette, chain, shifter and mechs. Easy a 3 figure sum in anyone's money. Or turn it into a single speed for about £20.
Using a Outland converter, and a doofer 'esk' tensioner, it wasn't branded on one, but looks basically like the same item and a 1/8th chain i was set. Running 34/17 atm.
Inaugural ride was this morning. Mixed thoughts really made sense on the parts locally that was single track, out the saddle pedaling furiously and getting on with it. But it was tedious on the open road and wider paths. I think i will call it my 'waggly thumb bike.' My thumb was always wagging looking for the shifter for more speed and the next gear. I'll have a play with the ring sizes.
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