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Which bike to convert to SS...JR007
Dec 6, 2002 7:46 AM
I'm itching to do a single-speed conversion on one of my bikes, but I can't decide which one, or both. The 2 I'm considering are a 1982 Apollo Gran Sport (nice pre-Kuwahara Japanese lugged) or an old Trek 830 MTB. The Apollo has horizontal drop-outs, Trek doesn't. I kind of want something I can take off road a bit and will handle some "abuse". I prefer the Apollo, but don't know if it's the right choice. Any opinions?
re: Which bike to convert to SS...Steve_0
Dec 6, 2002 7:58 AM
The horizontal drops are obviously gonna be better, unless youre luckyenogh the chainstays on the trek exactly match the gearing you want. Even then, a little chainstretch might change that.

You could consider an asymetric axle sold by fixed innovations; it might buy you a FEW extra gearing choices, but not many.

If it makes you feel any better, I take my one and only bike (fg road) offroad. Certainly dont singletrack the rocks, but with some 28 or 32 tires, handles trails just fine.
re: Which bike to convert to SS...fixedgearhead
Dec 6, 2002 8:33 AM
Another option is a Singleator for use in the derailer position which lets you use the dirt frame and all the existing hubs. All you would also need is spacer rings to align the single cog from your cogset on the hub with your chainwheel so that you get a good strait chainline. Harris cyclery can provide all the info and stuff you would need.
http://sheldonbrown.com/harris
Good people to deal with.

fixedgearhead
yet another...Steve_0
Dec 6, 2002 8:37 AM
sorry i neglected the singleator option on my earlier post...i was stuck in FG mode...

anway, you can use your current daraileur as a singleator. Little heavier but a lot cheaper. Just adjust till inline with the cog, lock into place, remove the cables. your good to go.