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Cheap single speed stuff...(5 posts)

Cheap single speed stuff...sctri
Jul 9, 2002 11:19 AM
help me find it...

thanks

rc
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

thanks
rc
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 sourcesGinz
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:

sheldonbrown.com
excelsports.com
webcyclery.com
ucycle.com
on-one.co.uk

You can find the odds and ends, like freewheels, cogs, chains, etc at

thethirdhand.com
biketoolsetc.com

I saw a supercheap rear wheel at aebike.com

You can also get tons of info at the singlespeed board on mtbr.com.