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    Poor Man's Singlespeed.

    Whatcha think for a poor man's job? Cost me $10.00.



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    I think that's a lot of rust....and I like to keep my nuts intact.
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    Its 5 years old and its safe. everything's tight in terms of nuts and bolts.

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    So the whole bike only cost 10.00, heck sounds good to me. Up grade things as you go or as they break on ya. But just have fun on it!

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    poor man if that chain ever derails.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    You people are so full of BS. Seriously. It's safe, its been ridden, I lube the chain and cog, garage, and keep my bike in running order. The chain was 10.00, the chain won't derail, and stop hating. Christ. Don't comment if you have something negative to say.

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    you asked us what we think, i gave you my thought. even the most anal conversion fails if not done properly. i guess we just have to wait for your new thread about a catastrophic crash.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    I told you my honest opinion of what I thought. If you want your balls smashed, that's your decision.

    Bottom line....the chain WILL stretch. Without a tensioner or SS cog, the chance of your chain coming off increases.

    I commend you on your efforts to find a cheap way to give this bike a new life, but there are safer ways of doing it.

    If I came home to my girlfriend with a busted sack b/c I was cheap....I would get no sympathy and probably a decent yelling.
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    i have done this in the past while mocking bikes up. and have ridden it like this, works fine. good cheap conversion option if you just want it to work with no derraiullers.

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    rust never sleeps
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthShore1578
    You people are so full of BS. Seriously. It's safe, its been ridden, I lube the chain and cog, garage, and keep my bike in running order. The chain was 10.00, the chain won't derail, and stop hating. Christ. Don't comment if you have something negative to say.
    I'm so utterly tired of people starting threads asking for opinions on this and that, and then whining when the opinions they asked for aren't what they wanted.

    Also, the people in here have a lot of experience than you with all things single speed, it would probably be a good idea to listen to them.
    Last edited by bad mechanic; 04-25-2010 at 06:21 PM.

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    More like the lazy mechanic's single speed . . .

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    My $.02
    I personally like the ingenuity, it is the magic gear, but on a cassette. Any idea what your gear ratio is? The chain line looks tight enough. In my experience, the chain will stretch but people do run the "magic gear" and do fine. I personally have ridden my SS with varying levels of chain tension and been fine. The biggest concern would be after a while, if stretch does occur, you can lose your chain...most likely on bumpy trails or if you have a habit of sometimes rotating your pedals backwards when coasting (maybe this is particular to me???). Getting a SS specific front chainring would help a bit, and/or investing another $22 +/- for this: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1031512_-1___
    I like your conversion for riding mostly on road and/or smooth trails...for really bumpy trails and rocky descents, well, it may be fine, but I would be a bit concerned over time, or at least annoyed if my chain started dropping. Anyway, you should post up over the weeks/months and let the community know how it works out, or if you had to do any tweaking, so that others that have the same idea in mind will be able to learn from your experience.
    Good Luck

    Edit: I should add that I have a buddy that recently went this route (with the Performance kit) just to see if he would like SS. After 3 rides now in the last week, I think he is hooked. He will eventually purchase a complete bike, but this type of conversion was a nice, cheap way for him to decide if he wanted to drop the coin.
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    This happened when I was rolling on the cassette only:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=442027

    I thought I would not derail but it did and bent the hanger and I racked myself .the chain died shortly after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    This happened when I was rolling on the cassette only:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=442027

    I thought I would not derail but it did and bent the hanger and I racked myself .the chain died shortly after.
    Wow. That was a stroll down Nightmare Lane, wasn't it.

    You've come a ways since then, Nuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Wow. That was a stroll down Nightmare Lane, wasn't it.

    You've come a ways since then, Nuck.

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    you gotta start somewhere, id like to add the chain was tight but with just enough slack to derail UP and lockup the rear wheel, also killed the retro 5 speed freewheel( they don't make em like that anymore)
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    You can always spend thirty bucks on a conversion kit, pull the cassette and a mostly proper set up.

    Then people will start complaining about the plastic pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Don't ask the question if you're not ready for the answer.

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    I agree, looks like he was looking for everyone to tell him how great and innovative he was, the comments here weren't even that bad.

    Don't post if you're sensitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Then people will start complaining about the plastic pedals.
    And the quick release being on the wrong side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic
    And the quick release being on the wrong side.
    and the paper mache chainstay protector. okay, i'll stop now.. that bike is RAD!
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    I can't see which cog on the cassette your chain is on, but if it's not on the smallest cog, I have a suggestion. In order to aid in the chain not coming off on bumpy trails, I would take apart the cassette, or at least as much as you can. Rebuild it with a larger cog on each side of the cog that you are running your chain on. This will act as a shield like some of the single speed conversions come with. Should help slightly with chain stretch. Like people said just keep an eye on your nuts and bolts since they are rusted.

    Ride on!

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    Front Breaks?

    Is that a rotor with no caliper/lever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lortonxc
    Is that a rotor with no caliper/lever?

    he means brake
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuck Chorris
    its not steel its chromoly!

    nice one
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    to the OP:
    that is the most amazing thing I have ever seen.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    That thing is full of win , the op is correct it the awesomest thing evaaaaar . Yeah , dont listen to these guys , they dont know fawk all about bikes , especially SS .

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