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Sell bike or convert it?(5 posts)

Sell bike or convert it?Mudman
Aug 22, 2002 7:45 AM
1st if I decide to sell it I will post in classifieds, so size will not be stated nor answered if asked.

I have a 2000 KHS flite 500 that I debating selling or converting to a single speed. It is 853 steel frame and fork. Tiagra drive train with Mavic CXP 11 rims.

A basic entry level bike. If I were to sell how much should I ask? Any direction on converting to single speed would be appreciated.

Just weighing the two options

Thanks
James Mudler
re: Sell bike or convert it?NJRoad
Aug 22, 2002 7:50 AM
I have the same bike (the burnt orange is kinda cool don't you think?) and would have the same question. What do you do for chain tension when you don't have horizontal dropouts?
tensionSteve_0
Aug 22, 2002 8:24 AM
you can either waste 40 bucks on a chain tensioner, or simply use an old derailler (limiting screws tightened).
conversionSteve_0
Aug 22, 2002 8:33 AM
is simple. If the rear hub is freewheel, simply pull the freewheel and replace with a bmx sprocket. If the hub is cassette, pull the cassette, select appropriate gear and fill the rest with cassette spacers.

If you have vertical drops, you'll need to keep the derailluer on for tension.

Remove one chainring. Remove all gearing crap. you're set.

Having said all that, if you can sell it, sell it. You'll have cash in your pocket, and you can always emulate a single speed by setting the limiting screws.
I'm of the mind that you should convert.Leisure
Aug 23, 2002 3:51 AM
Sounds like a nice frame that you don't have to feel bad about abusing. Hell if I know what you could sell it for. Off hand I would expect you'd get no more than $300-400, so keeping it and using it for alternative uses seems like more fun. You could even stick treads on it for occasional cyclocross stuff or ride it around when you don't trust parking your main bike around the natives.