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    old 6 speed to SS

    I recently received a road bike that was built in the 70's or 80's. The rear wheel is bent beyond repair, so out it goes. I can't use the bike for touring - the chainstays are too short for panniers. I debate, and then decide "Hey, why not join the lunatic SS faction?"

    I had a quick read through the FAQ, but the semi horizontal drop outs from this style of bike are not mentioned (or I missed it somehow). Is it a pretty straightforward operation to install a wheel set up for SS, or do I still need a chain tensioner? How cheap can I do this? I already have... enough bikes, so I don't want to go crazy on the expenditures on this one.

    Thanks for your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikedreamer
    I recently received a road bike that was built in the 70's or 80's. The rear wheel is bent beyond repair, so out it goes. I can't use the bike for touring - the chainstays are too short for panniers. I debate, and then decide "Hey, why not join the lunatic SS faction?"

    I had a quick read through the FAQ, but the semi horizontal drop outs from this style of bike are not mentioned (or I missed it somehow). Is it a pretty straightforward operation to install a wheel set up for SS, or do I still need a chain tensioner? How cheap can I do this? I already have... enough bikes, so I don't want to go crazy on the expenditures on this one.

    Thanks for your time.
    Short answer is Yes straightforward and No to a tensioner
    Sheldon is always a good starting point

    This is Sheldon on building a fixie but still helpful for a SS here

    How cheap depends on how much you can do yourself and how ghetto you want to go.
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    Thanks, mitzikatzi.

    I can do all or damned close to all of the work myself. I was mainly wondering how much I would spend on the wheel / cog combo. I know I can get an alloy rim wheel with a freehub (for a 7 speed cassette) for around $50 - $60. While not the toughest wheel going, it does the job. Mainly, i think I would be using the bike for general fun rides, along with commuting to work.

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