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    Klein sits on shelf now..
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    She's not pretty, but she's single

    So, finally got my single built up. Had some wheel troubles (completely destroyed Ringle hub) but I dashed over to Performance and got a rear WTB wheel for like $30 including sales, discounts, coupons.

    Anyway, it's an old Schwinn S96.3 frame with almost nothing original. I used a busted XT rear D as a tensioner and I got a spacer kit and cogs from flashpoint. Right now it's pretty consevative 32/20 setup. I also have an 18 and if I get a real SS chainring I would get a 34 or 36 eventually getting me to the choice 2:1 ratio. Except the hills are a little brutal in Central VA so I may stay away from that.

    Anyway, the beater has had yet another life breathed into it.

    Like I said, she's not the prettiest thing on the block, but she's only got OFG!
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    Good job!

    Welcome to the dark side.

    Be prepared for the beater to get all of your love...
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    Cool-blue Rhythm couple a beers & she'll be lookin' alright!

    did you try to give'er a go w/out a tensioner? you might get away with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eSSq
    did you try to give'er a go w/out a tensioner? you might get away with it.
    I haven't tried yet. I wanted to test out some gears before I decided to bust the chain apart anymore. The 32/20 is okay but I think I could turn a 32/18 without too much trouble. Once I decide there will be more fiddling.

    If I can't do it without a tensioner, I may go with a singleator or something a little cleaner. Also, I want to try and find some wider bars or at least put bar ends on this one to start. There is definately more work to be done with this little gem.

    Thanks for the reminder though.

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    try 32:18

    you shouldn't have any trouble turning that gear over. 32:20 is really low. good luck on your conversion; i'm sure if you dick around with it enough you could run w/ no tensioner by going from an even to odd number of teeth or something.

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    Get a half link and remove the rear mech, I was running a 32x20 without a tensioner with no problems now I ride a 34x18 with no tensioner or problems.

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    magic gear

    talked to a guy the other day
    running 41:21 w/o a tensioner
    on his 96 homegrown
    don't know if they have same cs length

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