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    A total newbie needs some building advice

    Hey!

    I have been lurking for awhile now...loving the pics and ideas everyone is coming up with.

    I have wanted to get back into bicycling...after a looooong time away. A friend at work has started riding a singlespeed, and after taking a few trips around the block, I want one,too!

    Now, here's where it gets tricky, so I'm just gonna lay it out for ya, and hope for the best!

    From what I've been reading, I am a total Clydesdale...6'1", about 275lb or so. I'm also a real newbie to singlespeed. Here's where I am so far.

    My neighbor across the street has a few bikes he's parting with...among them an old Schwinn Suburban(5 speed), a Raleigh M-20( 21 speed), and a Nishiki road bike(12 speed). They are all in good to great shape, my size frames, and best of all...FREE!!!!! He's waiting for me to clear some space in the garage, then they're mine. I've ridden them all, and will be taking them this week. They are great to ride as is, but I want to convert at least one of them to singlespeed. Which is the best candidate for it??

    Also, I really need to do this as cheaply as possible...without sacrificing safety,of course. I can spend about $100-125.00 on a conversion. I am not the most handy person in the world(when it comes to bikes), so I may have a LBS help me out.

    I am starting a new fitness and diet regimen, and this is the little boost I need to get me going. I've been wanting to get back into biking for a long time, and this is the perfect opportunity to do it...I just need some help getting there.

    Any help you guys can give would be HUGE...

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    Whichever will get the most riding on it would be the one I would convert. If you live far from the trails then the roadbike might be the way to go. That said I bet you could convert two of them for $125 or less.

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    Well, I'm not too far from some decent,entry level trails, but wanted to start slow. The Raleigh is in the best shape...looks like it's never even been ridden. The old Schwinn is the heaviest by far, but also seems to be the strongest. The Nishiki is a bike...nothing special, but in really good shape.

    I would like to have the best of both worlds...maybe an easy riding street bike that can handle an occasional trip on a light trail.

    What am I looking at in order to convert one(or 2) bike(s)? I am learning a little more every day, but it gets confusing after a while.









    Quote Originally Posted by FrontRanger
    Whichever will get the most riding on it would be the one I would convert. If you live far from the trails then the roadbike might be the way to go. That said I bet you could convert two of them for $125 or less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearinburbs
    Well, I'm not too far from some decent,entry level trails, but wanted to start slow. The Raleigh is in the best shape...looks like it's never even been ridden. The old Schwinn is the heaviest by far, but also seems to be the strongest. The Nishiki is a bike...nothing special, but in really good shape.

    I would like to have the best of both worlds...maybe an easy riding street bike that can handle an occasional trip on a light trail.

    What am I looking at in order to convert one(or 2) bike(s)? I am learning a little more every day, but it gets confusing after a while.
    Well what type of dropouts do the bikes have? Vertical which most newer geared bikes have or horizontal or semi-horiztontal? If one of the two latter then life just got easier. Some spacers and non ramped cogs(under $20 for both bikes) and you are good to go. the FAQ up top has links to lots of good tutorials as well. I am betting that the Nishiki and the Schwinn bot have horizontal or semi horizontal. Just leave the Raleigh geared for now.

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