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    Easiest way to go SS


    I am planning on doin a "Donate a Bike" program in my community.

    Planning on getting some bikes cleaned up and usable to donate to kids for fun and for transportation to and from school.

    Thinking on converting the bikes to single speed as they will be less maintenance and less trouble for the users as the bikes will surelly be Huffys, Murrays, NEXT....etc

    How can I achieve a low cost conversion?
    How can I do a tensioner as some may not have horizontal dropouts?

    Any thoughts...

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    Leave the cassette and sprockets, remove shifters and front derailuer, find good ratio and leave rear derailuer on - then use the rear derailuer limiting screws to keep it put?

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    i work at a bike co-op in Atlanta that does the same thing.

    most of those bikes have a semi-horizontal dropouts, so you have some room for adjustment to tension the chain. if this is the case:

    1. remove the chain and derailleurs.
    2. loop the chain around the center chainring, or the smaller one if it only has two.
    3. loop the chain around one of the middle cogs on the freewheel. try to get the one that matches up most in line with the front chainring.
    4. break the chain to shorten it and move the rear axle to dial in the chain tension.

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