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Just thought I share a story...(4 posts)

Just thought I share a story...Flothru
Aug 13, 2001 2:06 PM
About a month and a half ago I thought my whole season was over. My derailer caught in my spokes and away went the derailer hanger(non-replacable). My fiance and I came up with a plan to get me a new top of the line bike(Aegis Aro Svelte w/Campy Daytona) for Christmas. A long wait to say the least...to make a long story short I rode my trusty old stead for the first time in over a month and a half today. A little modification, modivation, and spare time...TAH-DAH a perfect 2 speed(52-17 & 39-17). I went out for a short 11 mile test spin today. Wow what a differnce from 8 speeds. Any how to ride again is great. I think I became the bike...

Ride on all...
re: Just thought I share a story...LC
Aug 13, 2001 4:26 PM
How can you change front gears without a rear deraileur to take up the slack?

I am so afraid of something like that happening that I keep a couple of extra bikes bikes around so that I will never have to go without. I do see people riding single speeds around, but I can't even imagine having to ride in just one or two gears with the hills around here. Guess after a while you get really good at spinning at 140 rpm or suffering up a hill in too high a gear, but that can't be good for your knees. Hopefully you live in fairly flat area.

Given the choice of not riding till Christmas, or riding with just 2 gears I guess I would take the 2-speed too.
Fairy Tale...MW
Aug 14, 2001 3:15 AM
And how do you pick up the chain slack without a derailleur?
How it worksFlothru
Aug 14, 2001 4:57 AM
I am sorry I left our the details. Here is how it works. I cut off the old derailer hanger and got a grinder for my power drill. I used a replacable derailer hanger from my mountain bike as a pattern. I groud out my dropout to match. then I drilled hole and attached the hanger(yes the one from my mountain bike). Then I through on a new 105 derailer, hooked up the chain, dialed it in. Just then on my repair stand the shifter died on me. So I imobilized the rear derailer in the 17 position. And checked to make sure there would be no rub when I shifted between the big and small chain ring...That is how it works...

Ride on...