|Cheap single speed stuff...||sctri|
Jul 9, 2002 11:19 AM
|help me find it...
|re: Cheap single speed stuff...||Dave Hickey|
Jul 9, 2002 2:40 PM
|How cheap do you want? I bought an old Univega for $25.00 and turned it into a singlespeed. If it has a freewheel, unscrew the old freewheel and screw a BMX free wheel on.
Total cost Bike $25.00 BMX freewheel $12.00 BMX chain $12.00.
If the bike has a freehub, take off the cogs and buy a BMX cog at Excel for $4.95. Add a lot of old spacers and a $15.00 BMX chain and you're good to go.
www.excelsports has good prices on singlespeed parts.
|re: tell me more about that.....||sctri|
Jul 9, 2002 6:53 PM
|You see, in the future, when i am not fearing the wrath if rapidly increasing tution, i would like a really nice, really classy fixie, but for now, i want something cheap and fun... so tell me more about what you did
can it be done with any bike? or does it need to have horizontal dropouts?
whats the deal with spacers?
any more info would be greatly appreciated
|re: tell me more about that.....||Dave Hickey|
Jul 10, 2002 5:30 AM
|Horizontal dropouts make the job a lot easier.
1. Spacers- I used a couple of old cassettes. Two cassettes will give you enough spacers. Even if the cassette is one piece, they actually will come apart.
2. Chain ring- Use the small(42t or 39t) chainring by itself. This might require using shorting chainring bolts.
3. Cog- Use a BMX cog. Excel sells them for $4.95. BMX cogs are not ramped. Derailleur cogs are made to shift easy, that's the last thing you want in a single speed.
Here is picture of a freehub converted to single speed. This picture is from a guy on ebay that sells this spacer kit for $18.95. The only problem is, he uses regular(ramped) cogs instead of a BMX cog. Instead of 3 large spacers, I just use a bunch of old cassette spacers.
|A few good sources||Ginz|
Jul 9, 2002 4:34 PM
|Now there's cheap...and then there's CHEAP.
I tend to find more of the prior and less of the later.
Some good singlespeed resources are:
You can find the odds and ends, like freewheels, cogs, chains, etc at
I saw a supercheap rear wheel at aebike.com
You can also get tons of info at the singlespeed board on mtbr.com.