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frame for curious newbiesfsailor
Nov 6, 2003 7:10 PM
Long time mountain biker with a prewar skip tooth for going to the grocery store. Not really interested in the roadie deal but would like to have something with a little more road range than the Schwinn. I would like to build a switchie? but I am gathering the issue is the drop outs for chain adjusment. Are their any older frames that can be used as entry level bikes. I can build/scrounge the rest. What about these single speed tensioners that I have seen, are they the work of a heretic or are they allowed. Thanks for helping a newbie who is a minimalist in most ways.
prewar skip tooth for going to the grocery storectisevn
Nov 6, 2003 8:18 PM
Im not at all sure wtf that means but you should by all means run ro your nearest lbs and buy a surly crosscheck frame. you're welcome.
prewar skip tooth for going to the grocery storesfsailor
Nov 7, 2003 11:54 AM
Sorry for the lingo. Prewar refers to the second World War, the skip tooth is a 1" pitch chain which has 1/2 as many teeth on the sprocket, looking like they skipped some teeth. Mine is a Schwinn straight bar and weighs about 45lbs and runs on 2.25 tires, not very effecient for long distance but the upright position is great for the trip down the street and the basket handles three bags of grceries no problem. I am going to enter the lightweight singlespeed mrkt on a budget and was looking to find out which older road frames make suitable conversions.
re: frame for curious newbieSteve_0
Nov 7, 2003 5:39 AM
most older bikes are ideal; anything with horizontal drops has plenty of adjustment.

SS tensioners are OK for freewheel use only. and they really dont buy you anything if you're looking at an older frame anyway.

Just fix up the skiptooth; should be ideal.
skiptooth is very rare these days..joe friday
Nov 8, 2003 10:28 AM
I'm building my first fixed also, so i'm no expert, but
skiptooth--1" between teeth, is obsolete and parts--chains
cogs, etc.. are very hard to come by--also making it pretty
darn cool! Likewise, a tensioner would have to have the
special tooth spacing to work with a 1" chain.