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    Commuter setup Q

    So I finally ditched the frankensingle conversion & got a new to me True SS from a ridin' bud. It came w/a Surly flipflop hub setup 16T / 17T w/a 32 up front. I'm thinkin' about commuting in to the office about 15+ mi on saturday's but it's about 50/50 road / bike path and I need a lower gear.

    What's about the smallest freewheel you can get? I'm running ACS claw now so something of similar cost is what I'm looking for.

    Another q, if I switch to much more than a 1 or 2 T drop between sides how much of a hassle will it be to adjust the chain tension when I flip the wheel? Right now I'm not running a tugnut or any other type of tensioner if that's relevant.

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    If you want a lower gear, you want a larger freewheel, not a smaller one.

    If you plan things right, you can carry an extra Power Link and the disparity between cogs won't force you to move the hub too much. I haven't figured it out, but anyway you'll easily be able to enlage the chain to accommodate the bigger cog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texacajun
    So I finally ditched the frankensingle conversion & got a new to me True SS from a ridin' bud. It came w/a Surly flipflop hub setup 16T / 17T w/a 32 up front. I'm thinkin' about commuting in to the office about 15+ mi on saturday's but it's about 50/50 road / bike path and I need a lower gear.

    What's about the smallest freewheel you can get? I'm running ACS claw now so something of similar cost is what I'm looking for.

    Another q, if I switch to much more than a 1 or 2 T drop between sides how much of a hassle will it be to adjust the chain tension when I flip the wheel? Right now I'm not running a tugnut or any other type of tensioner if that's relevant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    If you want a lower gear, you want a larger freewheel, not a smaller one.
    Well I guess I said that bassackwards...no, definitely want a smaller freewheel. I'm spinning out 2:1 i.e. 32/16. Lowest I usually see online are 15T, didn't know if you could get like 12 or 13, probably 14 would do.

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    Check out Danscomp.com. They have plenty of freewheels there. I saw a 13T Oddyssey one listed. However, I'm not sure if they have different threading than the sizes we usually use in mountain biking, i.e., 16T and higher. I guess you can ask 'em if you order one.

    If I were in the same shoes, I'd rather go bigger front chainring so that it wouldn't wear down as fast as a smaller ring/fw combo.

    Quote Originally Posted by texacajun
    Well I guess I said that bassackwards...no, definitely want a smaller freewheel. I'm spinning out 2:1 i.e. 32/16. Lowest I usually see online are 15T, didn't know if you could get like 12 or 13, probably 14 would do.

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    I'm with drevil

    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil
    Check out Danscomp.com. They have plenty of freewheels there. I saw a 13T Oddyssey one listed. However, I'm not sure if they have different threading than the sizes we usually use in mountain biking, i.e., 16T and higher. I guess you can ask 'em if you order one.

    If I were in the same shoes, I'd rather go bigger front chainring so that it wouldn't wear down as fast as a smaller ring/fw combo.
    - go with a larger chainring if you can. It may be a few bucks more but larger chainring/cog combos give more teeth involved in drive which gives less wear.
    Also, bigger chainring will make ya look like a monster! used to love bombing around with my 53T [with 7 speed sachs hub]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil
    Check out Danscomp.com. They have plenty of freewheels there. I saw a 13T Oddyssey one listed. However, I'm not sure if they have different threading than the sizes we usually use in mountain biking, i.e., 16T and higher. I guess you can ask 'em if you order one.

    If I were in the same shoes, I'd rather go bigger front chainring so that it wouldn't wear down as fast as a smaller ring/fw combo.
    Thanks, yeah they've got a few in smaller sizes. Might try the 14 & see how I like it...only out 20 bucks. Wear's not a big issue, only commute in on Sat 4 or 5 times each spring...naturally on the nicest days of the year to ride. If I decide to head offroad on the way home I can just flip the wheel around to the 17 & go

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    Quote Originally Posted by texacajun
    Thanks, yeah they've got a few in smaller sizes. Might try the 14 & see how I like it...only out 20 bucks. Wear's not a big issue, only commute in on Sat 4 or 5 times each spring...naturally on the nicest days of the year to ride. If I decide to head offroad on the way home I can just flip the wheel around to the 17 & go
    I might be interested in your 16/17 freewheel. Send me an email. opaque1234@aol.com

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    I run a 44 16 on my commuter but I don't use it for anything serious off road. I can climb a pretty steep pitch on it if it's not more than a hundred yards or so and I have good traction.

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    check thread size

    It's been a while since I looked at the smaller fw's, but I thought once you got lower than a 15t you were using freewheels that fit on the smaller diameter threads for use on BMX bikes so they can run a smaller drivetrain for more grinding clearance. Just check diameters before you drop the coin.

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