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Author:  Andy R [ Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:31 pm ]
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jimplops wrote:
Here's mine

Why the tensioner? Haven't you got track ends on that Chameleon?

Author:  jimplops [ Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:34 pm ]
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Its does, but it's less faff with the tensioner in my eyes and I had it on the Fuquay when I had that as a SS, so used.

Author:  jimplops [ Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:36 pm ]
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Plus, the disc mounts aren't slotted, so you can't get the disc and pads aligned fully.

Author:  Andy R [ Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:44 am ]
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If your frame is like this one, where the caliper is mounted almost directly above the wheel spindle
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then moving the wheel forward or back a few millimetres won't make that much difference to the disc/pad contact area. The most movement you'd ever need would be about 6mm if you use a half link to fine tune chain length.

Author:  jimplops [ Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:04 pm ]
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Yep that's how mine is.

Author:  Mindmap3 [ Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:55 pm ]
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I'll have a single speed soon...my old Beast of the East. Here's the build thread:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=267184

I'll start with a 32:16 gear ratio and see how I get on. Still not 100% on pedal choice; I normally ride flats but was wondering if I'd be better off with clips for an extra bit of power.

Author:  Andy R [ Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:17 am ]
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Mindmap3 wrote:
I'll start with a 32:16 gear ratio and see how I get on. Still not 100% on pedal choice; I normally ride flats but was wondering if I'd be better off with clips for an extra bit of power.

Better for spinning high cadences, certainly.

Author:  Grannygrinder [ Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:18 pm ]
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Is there any reason why i couldn't/shouldn't run a 26 tooth granny ring and a 13 tooth rear sprocket?
BB clearance will be improved, i can't see any reason why not??

Author:  Andy R [ Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:32 am ]
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Grannygrinder wrote:
Is there any reason why i couldn't/shouldn't run a 26 tooth granny ring and a 13 tooth rear sprocket?
BB clearance will be improved, i can't see any reason why not??


No real reason why not - although chain and sprocket wear rates will be higher than with larger sprockets and chainring and the drivetrain may not feel as smooth.
I'm currently using a 28T chainring on Middleburn RS7 cranks with no problems at all.

Author:  Grannygrinder [ Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:03 pm ]
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I'm hoping the wear rates will be balanced out by the fact that replacement grannyrings are so much cheaper than decent middle rings, plus most are stainless steel rather than the softer aluminium.

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