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    Couple of noob questions

    long time biker, first time SS'er...*

    I broke two derailers in one day, bunnyhopping up a curb. So I'm thinking simple. I'm thinking SS... I don't have much money so the less I have to spend, the better. Currently, I have no derailer hanger..

    Do I need to use a derailer hanger as a spacer/washer so I can bolt/quick release my rear wheel on? Or can I just use a few washers, or nothing at all?

    I have a chain guide on the front, can I just use the lower section of that for tension?
    looks like this....
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=39287

    Thinking I'll just use the rear gears/cog I have now. that way I can adjust to what is easier/best, gearing wise. I have a 36 on front.

    Anything else you can offer? my bike is basicly new, Giant STP.

    thanks!

    * I rode a bmx for 20 some years, but those aren't the same as these new geared, big tire bikes.

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    too get proper tension, not too much wiggle room for "changing" gears.

    looks like your guide could work. can u file the broken hangar down? prolly better with it on there.

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    There's nothing to file down. the old hanger broke in a manner that makes it useless. I don't want/need to change gears, I was just going to keep my current gear stack to save money, and if I find that I need to change the rear cog I can just add/subtract a few links, until I find what works, and get come into some money...

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    i would say it should work. i don't know how much "structural integrity" a hanger adds at the interface anyways. make sure your chainline is good.

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/167...ersion-Kit.htm

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/167...g-Bolt-Set.htm

    just a couple thoughts.

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    The hanger is thick, like a washer. So I guess I was asking, do I need to use something to take up that space?

    Or can I just crank down the nut on my axle? It's a quick release hub..

    Why did you link to a bolt set?

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    do the screws on your chainguide/tensioner thread from the other side?

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    Held on by tightening the BB...

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    damn. did u look into magic gear?

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    magic gear being , trying to find out what gear combo works for a tight chain fit?

    I need a half link if that's going to work.

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    i run a magic gear. found a website that does all the calculations for you. all you need to know is chainstay length. i highly recommend it. it was spot on. i didnt need a half link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilmfat
    make sure your chainline is good.
    quoted for emphasis. Without this you will only run into more headaches. If you are going to use your existing gear cassette, there are probably only about 3 gears in the middle that will have decent chainline. Also, many SS rear tensioners are setup for a certain cog position and don't have too much side to side adjustment.

    If you can swing it, a cog like this is very cheap but works very well. Your LBS should be able to get them about as cheap. For spacers you can cut PVC pipe to size or even scavenge small spacers off of trashed cassettes (LBS might be able to help you there too)

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