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Great big Singlespeed thread!
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=151470

Author:  kaiser [ Fri May 27, 2011 11:29 am ]
Post subject:  Great big Singlespeed thread!

Post your builds, past projects, current rides, questions, solutions, bodges, passion, pjorn, links. Anything singlespeed in fact :D


Some FAQ's on singlespeeding!


The eternal 'whats the attraction of no gears?'
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Another 'Show me'
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What gearing?
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How do I make one?
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What chain?
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Tensioners
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Magic Gear Calc
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Author:  orange71 [ Fri May 27, 2011 11:31 am ]
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will do when it's finally ready :wink:

Author:  kaiser [ Fri May 27, 2011 1:29 pm ]
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Not long now! Did you find a freewheel?

Author:  orange71 [ Fri May 27, 2011 2:17 pm ]
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working on it - really want WI but have heard mixed reports (plus now budget gone cost is issue again!). May go ACS or Shimano or similar temporarily.

Author:  orange71 [ Fri May 27, 2011 8:08 pm ]
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talking of which - can anyone point me to a 3/32 16t freewheel that's in between Shimano/ACS (£25) quality and the WI (£70) quality? Around the £40-£50 mark.

I can see a few 1/8" ones in 17t, like Tensile and Token. But nothing in 16t and 3/32 :(

Author:  kaiser [ Fri May 27, 2011 8:18 pm ]
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what about this?

http://www.halorims.com/products-detail ... d=FWHA716K

Ihave not used nor heard about the item but know halo stuff is good value. did you look at tarty bikes?

Author:  misteroo [ Fri May 27, 2011 8:30 pm ]
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So is the content of this Single Speed thread supposed to be any different to this one:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=151190

Which was started before this one !!
:shock: :? :wink:

Confused.com

Or is this purely for MTB single speeds!!!!!!

Author:  orange71 [ Fri May 27, 2011 8:32 pm ]
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kaiser wrote:
what about this?

http://www.halorims.com/products-detail ... d=FWHA716K

Ihave not used nor heard about the item but know halo stuff is good value. did you look at tarty bikes?


now why couldn't that be in silver?! :roll: :lol:

on Tarty bikes I really liked the look of the Tensile (esp. since you can use a shimano BB tool on it) - but it's only 18t :(

this one might be an option. suspect I'll have to go 1/8" chain though

http://www.tartybikes.co.uk/complete_fr ... 10329.html

Author:  kaiser [ Fri May 27, 2011 8:36 pm ]
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misteroo wrote:
So is the content of this Single Speed thread supposed to be any different to this one:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=151190

Which was started before this one !!
:shock: :? :wink:

Confused.com

Or is this purely for MTB single speeds!!!!!!


Aye wee bit confusing, probably best to split mtb singlespeeds and roadie fixed wheels. Now we have two threads though :) I would imagine that there is limited interest for both, so single threads in appropriate sections hopefully keep it on topic!

Author:  xced [ Sun May 29, 2011 3:51 pm ]
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http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=149138 :)

Author:  Harryburgundy [ Sun May 29, 2011 7:29 pm ]
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I've had a couple...the first is my current ride..think there may have been more but I can't find the pictures


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Author:  xced [ Sun May 29, 2011 9:20 pm ]
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loving the kish :shock:

Author:  suburbanreuben [ Sun May 29, 2011 11:06 pm ]
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For anyone thinking of converting a non SS frame to SS, this http://eehouse.org/fixin/formfmu.php might come in handy. If you don't know what this is, don't worry, you soon will! :lol:

Author:  orange71 [ Mon May 30, 2011 7:23 am ]
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unfortunately doesn't have 29er sizing (700c only goes to 35mm) :(

Author:  gm1230126 [ Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:54 am ]
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97 GT Psyclone single speed with horizontal dropouts. Originally built for a GT employee. Only one known to have been built. Never offered to dealers.
Have made a couple changes since these pics were taken....DOS Freewheel

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Author:  stevek [ Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:30 pm ]
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From Friday's ride:

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Author:  stewlewis [ Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:07 pm ]
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On one Inbred, from here.
Crosser wheels, from here.
Forks, had these, they're white.

Questions:
The wheels are heavy, suspension forks are heavy. Am I missing the point of building a singlespeed? Should I be going as light as possible and fitting rigid forks and a lighter wheelset?

I have a SS kit, well a cog and 2 spacers that put the sprocket in the centre of the freehub. Is it possible to work out what spindle length for the BB? I have yet to buy a crankset.

Author:  suburbanreuben [ Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:41 pm ]
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It all depends where you ride. If, like me, you'll be mincing around the North Downs, the hardest rocks being sandstone, and you're too old and/or skilful to thunp the bike from boulder to boulder, you can go as light as you like, but if you have a tendency to break things, keep it sturdy! :wink:

Author:  saltyman [ Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:41 pm ]
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had a few single speed bikes, i love them.

currently have just the one at the moment though, even though i keep planning on other builds........

the main difference with this other my past SS projects is the awesome ENO white industries hubs......wow!

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Author:  suburbanreuben [ Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:31 pm ]
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Is the rear hub eccentric? Any slippage / tension loss?

Author:  saltyman [ Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:45 pm ]
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yep, eccentric, once you set it up, its good to go.

easy to adjust chain tension again is it stretches over time too, and most of all....no ugly tensioners.

Author:  munkykramp [ Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:55 pm ]
Post subject:  single speed kits

can anyone recommend any single speed conversion kits?

cheers

Author:  chriscl [ Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: single speed kits

munkykramp wrote:
can anyone recommend any single speed conversion kits?

cheers


Surly or Velosolo are worth a look!

Author:  rosstheboss [ Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:48 pm ]
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Here's my ghetto trailstar for you....

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Author:  kikaha [ Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:45 pm ]
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dekerf 29er ssp

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Author:  saltyman [ Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:02 pm ]
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aswell as my roberts DB......

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i also had these SS bikes, love the simple, no gears, get on with it gear ratio.......perfect for me.

dave hemmings old yo eddy:

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merlin XLM:

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trek 6500:

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moots rigormootis:

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cannondale:

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Author:  jamabikes [ Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:45 pm ]
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look what i donded.

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Author:  suburbanreuben [ Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:11 pm ]
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jamabikes wrote:
look what i donded.

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Mmmm , Paul track ends; Purty! What are they attached to?

Author:  jamabikes [ Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:22 pm ]
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at the mo i cant say. did it for a mate, real nice bits of kit.

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:47 pm ]
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here is mine
had a couple updates since pic just havent got round to new pictures yet
i cant be the only one with full sus ss?!

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Author:  stubbsy [ Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:57 pm ]
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here are mine :roll:

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cheers

stubbsy :D

Author:  andrewl [ Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:47 am ]
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saltyman wrote:
merlin XLM:

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You skipped over your pink single speed in this photo ;)

Author:  bryan555 [ Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:00 pm ]
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Here's my Swift SS

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Author:  munkykramp [ Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:57 am ]
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hi,

I am thinking of converting one of my bikes to ss for commuting, so road and canal tow-paths, what size chain ring and cog would suit? I have read that generally for a mountain bike a ratio of 2:1 is advised but would this be appropriate for commuting or should I be looking at something else?

Cheers
Dave

Author:  stewlewis [ Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:12 am ]
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It depends on many factors, terrain, fitness, surface, speed you'd want to travel etc.

Tow paths are pretty flat. 2 to 1 is a good start on a MTB but you doing the same journey over and over gives you a perfect choice.

Make a concious effort to keep a current bike in one gear only that suits you, if it doesn't try the same journey in a different gear. Once you've found an ideal count the teeth and use that.

Author:  munkykramp [ Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:19 am ]
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that is so simple it's brilliant, didn't even occur to me :oops:

cheers

Author:  bryan555 [ Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:55 am ]
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stewlewis wrote:
It depends on many factors, terrain, fitness, surface, speed you'd want to travel etc.

Tow paths are pretty flat. 2 to 1 is a good start on a MTB but you doing the same journey over and over gives you a perfect choice.

Make a concious effort to keep a current bike in one gear only that suits you, if it doesn't try the same journey in a different gear. Once you've found an ideal count the teeth and use that.


I found that REALLY hard. I kept forgetting and changing gear :roll:
I've only just thought about it, but what about taping up your shifters so you can't easily change gear. I think that would help to really simulate SS (if you're as undisciplined as I am).

I just went for it, and although I got the gear wrong on my first attempt, it was MUCH easier than I thought it would be.

Author:  orange71 [ Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:56 pm ]
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my new custom built fillet-brazed one.

Write up here: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... highlight=

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Author:  cyfa2809 [ Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:28 pm ]
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these frames look like simplicity simplified
great 8)

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:09 am ]
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Heres mine as it is now

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Author:  velomaniac [ Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:18 pm ]
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VERY COOL 8) SS Full Susser you have there, how does it handle under out of seat pedalling, surely bobs a bit :)

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:38 pm ]
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Thanks a lot :D :D
Handles fine actually, as yes it does bob but it feels like a nice bob and also i can lock the shock out which i do a fair bit!

Author:  theredchili [ Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:42 pm ]
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1988 Wicked Fat SS

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Author:  stewlewis [ Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:37 am ]
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Unknown year. On-One Inbred slot drop-out.
And bought from RB members; frame, chainset, pedals, wheels, saddle, Mary bars, SS kit. Thanks to those who may recognise any parts.

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Author:  BobCatMax [ Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:59 am ]
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like that.

Author:  suburbanreuben [ Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:21 pm ]
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theredchili wrote:
1988 Wicked Fat SS
Cor! That wheel's well out of whack...

Author:  theredchili [ Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:04 am ]
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suburbanreuben wrote:
theredchili wrote:
1988 Wicked Fat SS
Cor! That wheel's well out of whack...


It's just the angle of the picture :D

Author:  Jamiedyer [ Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:22 am ]
Post subject:  SS is the way.

A couple of mine:
1994 Stumpy. Brilliant machine, went through a few changes and still have the frame and forks hanging in the shed.
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My 1998 M2 Stumpjumper with SID forks. By far the lightest I have owned. It was a great handling machine. Loved it but it wasn't steel if you know what I mean.
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My current and keeper ride, my Surly 1X1. This is a work in progress as I have some green Spank rims to fit, BB7 discs and a UNO crank. This is about the only MTB to get ridden these days and I love it.
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Hopefully will have another to add in a few months, as a hint it is named after one of the Adams family children :wink:

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:16 am ]
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Sweet rides

Author:  coomber [ Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:18 pm ]
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Have just built my first.

"Eclectic" build but I love it:

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Author:  cyfa2809 [ Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:12 pm ]
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Got that rasta theme 8)

Author:  coomber [ Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:02 pm ]
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cyfa2809 wrote:
Got that rasta theme 8)


Wasnt planned but ta 8)

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:12 pm ]
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Its funky fresh

Author:  suburbanreuben [ Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:21 pm ]
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coomber wrote:
Have just built my first.

"Eclectic" build but I love it:

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It reminds me of Christmas when I were a lad...
Happy times.

Author:  moth [ Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:14 am ]
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Loads of awesome singlespeeds here, I think the FS on the last page looks amazing! Will post a pic of humble inbred once I can post pics...

Author:  tony edwards [ Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:20 pm ]
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here mine just finished tonight not even ridden it properly yet

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Author:  faceplant [ Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:31 pm ]
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Here's mine, thinking of sending it for a fresh powder coat soon.

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Author:  Olliepen [ Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:20 am ]
Post subject:  Cadex Single Speed Build

Full Build Thread Here:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=136028

Really pleased with this - time to get some dirt on it!!!

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Author:  saltyman [ Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:22 pm ]
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Nice to see more people enjoying single speed bikes, I'm taking two of mine out this week, will update pics when I do.

Author:  saltyman [ Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:56 pm ]
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had my 2 single speed bikes out yesterday.......

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Author:  JimNicho [ Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Taken the plunge

Just bought a Cheapish singlespeed steed form Konadad. I'm doing a charity ride along the Leeds - Liverpool canal and did a 30 mile stretch of it today, and single speed makes total sense.

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Author:  neebsta [ Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Here's mine 90% complete

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Author:  stinus [ Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:40 pm ]
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My single speed history:

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Author:  Andy R [ Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:23 pm ]
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That Ala Carte is lovely, I'd have that any day (although I'm not sure about the saddle) - it needs something nicer than a bolt-on type tensioner though :wink:.

Author:  neebsta [ Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:20 pm ]
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Andy R wrote:
That Ala Carte is lovely, I'd have that any day (although I'm not sure about the saddle) - it needs something nicer than a bolt-on type tensioner though :wink:.


I'm not sure if you're referring to the White salsa above or my red one, either way the 'bolt on' Tensioner is a Paul Components one...very nice it is too!

Saddle is marmite I guess, but I wanted to try a Brooks, and as it cost a small fortune I'll at least give it the benefit of the doubt :wink:

Author:  kaiser [ Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:51 pm ]
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Oldies


3.0 series dale
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Muddy fox Courier Prestige
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Short lived Zaskar
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Current

Kuwahara(now dinglespeed)
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Cannondale weenie
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Vicious Metal Guru
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Kona Unit
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Think thats the lot!

Author:  saltyman [ Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:33 pm ]
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8)

Author:  saltyman [ Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:33 pm ]
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8)

Author:  hamster [ Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:29 pm ]
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And mine!
1999 Kona Cindercone, resprayed grey with triple butted P2s. All up weight is 20.9lbs (9.4kgs) including SPDs.
Hope Ultralight hubs, Mavic X517 / 317 rims with a BMX screw-on freewheel. The rear hub has the axle reversed and has reverse dish.
Muddleburn Uno on UN72 bottom bracket.
Avid 25 brakes with Avid Ti levers
Thomson seatpost, Hope headset, Syncros cattlehead stem and Answer hyperlite bars.
The saddle is a San Marco Bontrager Ti which I recovered.

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Author:  BobCatMax [ Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:32 am ]
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my first venture into SS

couple of hours work yesterday afternoon, still needs a few things but quite excited about trying something new

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Author:  geetee [ Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:13 pm ]
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2000 stumpie.. found the magic gear! words couldnt describe my happiness

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Author:  bryan555 [ Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:04 am ]
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geetee wrote:
2000 stumpie.. found the magic gear! words couldnt describe my happiness


That's rather nice. :D

Author:  Olliepen [ Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:40 am ]
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geetee wrote:
2000 stumpie.. found the magic gear! words couldnt describe my happiness


Nice one! What is it!!!! 32 x ??

Author:  geetee [ Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:46 pm ]
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Olliepen wrote:
geetee wrote:
2000 stumpie.. found the magic gear! words couldnt describe my happiness


Nice one! What is it!!!! 32 x ??


32 x 18 - perfect for my local terrain, not so much on the road there! :D

Author:  Jamiedyer [ Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:02 am ]
Post subject:  trailer

Heres one of the 1X1 with my little mans trailer attached

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Quick shakedown ride before doing a good hour or so before he had enough and fell asleep :lol:

Jamie
32 going on 16

Author:  letmetalktomark [ Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:50 pm ]
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Mine in SS mode.

Going geared soon though :twisted: :twisted:

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Author:  Jamiedyer [ Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Cool

Thats really cool looking Mark 8)
I love the colour as well.
It looks 'fit for purpose'.
Enjoy
Jamie

Author:  KeepItSteel [ Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:23 pm ]
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Author:  Dead Rats [ Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:43 pm ]
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letmetalktomark wrote:
Mine in SS mode.

Going geared soon though :twisted: :twisted:


how you finding the Fleegle?

Author:  letmetalktomark [ Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:38 pm ]
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Dead Rats wrote:
letmetalktomark wrote:
Mine in SS mode.

Going geared soon though :twisted: :twisted:


how you finding the Fleegle?


Most comfortable bar I have tried.

That's not to say that the bars I use are uncomfortable its just the Fleegle seems to put my wrists in a comfier position.

Strange familiarity too.

For essentially a cheap bar I would recommend them.

Author:  jamabikes [ Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:42 pm ]
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97 frame but modern bits.

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Author:  cyfa2809 [ Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:06 pm ]
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The gt is ingenoius! 8)

Author:  IbocProSX [ Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:16 am ]
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Inspiring thread, let me add mine in the mix

My first SS was a 29er: Singular Swift in Badass Black:
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I converted my Sinister Ridge to ride with my son and his SS BMX.
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The Swift went and the Curtlo came instead
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By now I had the bug proper and I splashed out on a dedicated SS 26" Indy Fab:
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Next build is gathering momentum in the shed, but not ready to shre .... yet

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Enjoy!!

Author:  MikeD [ Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:16 am ]
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I bought this Kilauea as a broken frame sometime in the late 90s, had a few incarnations since then. A bit disappointed that white Konas have become something of a cliche, but this one was white (ish) originally ;)

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(and yes, I've tensioned the chain since then :) )

Author:  theredchili [ Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:55 pm ]
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IbocProSX wrote:

By now I had the bug proper and I splashed out on a dedicated SS 26" Indy Fab:
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Loving this bike, this is top of my list , will go nicely with my Wicked Fat Single Speed

Author:  Average Mark [ Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:42 pm ]
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Few changes over the last year

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Author:  bryan555 [ Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:18 pm ]
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Looking lovely mark!

Author:  AndyPA [ Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:57 pm ]
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Guys question about rear hubs as I am going to build myself SS frame sometime soon ,are they converted or bought as ?
Whats the best mid budget wheels to buy off the shelf ?

Cheers Andy

Author:  neebsta [ Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:29 pm ]
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Andy,

You can do either. Buy a single speed specific wheel like Chris King, or use any wheel with cassette capability and instead of a cassette you fit a cheap single speed conversion kit. A great and cost effective way if you have spare wheels kicking around!

Author:  AndyPA [ Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:38 pm ]
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neebsta wrote:
Andy,

You can do either. Buy a single speed specific wheel like Chris King, or use any wheel with cassette capability and instead of a cassette you fit a cheap single speed conversion kit. A great and cost effective way if you have spare wheels kicking around!

thanks what wheel set from here ,mid range ? http://www.wiggle.co.uk/mtb/wheels/

Author:  neebsta [ Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:15 pm ]
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AndyPA wrote:
neebsta wrote:
Andy,

You can do either. Buy a single speed specific wheel like Chris King, or use any wheel with cassette capability and instead of a cassette you fit a cheap single speed conversion kit. A great and cost effective way if you have spare wheels kicking around!

thanks what wheel set from here ,mid range ? http://www.wiggle.co.uk/mtb/wheels/


It depends on your budget! If it's your first try at single speed I'd say the cheaper the better!

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:26 pm ]
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And also if its first try, use a cassette wheel rather than ss specific.

Author:  AndyPA [ Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:07 am ]
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Im going ss rear hub
If you built a dream steel frame ,what tubing ? what adjustable rear drop outs ?

Author:  neebsta [ Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:13 pm ]
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AndyPA wrote:
Im going ss rear hub
If you built a dream steel frame ,what tubing ? what adjustable rear drop outs ?


Not, sure...these are questions which vary massively on preference. I'm getting a Salsa El Mariachi as it's a 29er (want to try) it's got alternator drop outs and can be run SS or geared easily. I don't then have scores of bikes littering the garage. One bike performs a multitude of jobs, or so I hope!

3 bikes max is my new mantra!

Author:  AndyPA [ Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:39 pm ]
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Any body else got any input ? would a lugged ss custom frame be too left-field ? Lets hear your thoughts special cable routing etc etc ?

Author:  neebsta [ Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Look at....

Orange 71 had a lovely SS custom frame built, have a search in the Readers bikes 98 ----> it will I'm sure give you some great ideas.

Author:  kaiser [ Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:11 pm ]
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I've added a small FAQ's to the OP, now in no way is it to stifle chat but hopefully be resource for singlespeeders.

If there are any threads you can think of that could be added post the links and I'll add it to the FAQ.

Author:  AndyPA [ Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:53 am ]
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Ive bought a set of 853 tubing with Dedecia curved seat stays and paragon sliding drop outs,I am going to build something similar to a Black Cat frame.
If anybody is interested I will show the build or post a link

Author:  bryan555 [ Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:00 am ]
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AndyPA wrote:
Ive bought a set of 853 tubing with Dedecia curved seat stays and paragon sliding drop outs,I am going to build something similar to a Black Cat frame.
If anybody is interested I will show the build or post a link


Sounds interesting, I think that diserves it's own build thread :)

Author:  trek_y [ Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:43 pm ]
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Finished my first SS this weekend - Airborne Mosquito. Loving it :)

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Author:  BobCatMax [ Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:30 pm ]
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Cor! very pretty

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:26 pm ]
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Oh looks like you have most of the parts i want!! Ahhh!

Sweet bike.

Author:  trek_y [ Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:51 pm ]
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cyfa2809 wrote:
Oh looks like you have most of the parts i want!! Ahhh!

Sweet bike.


And what might they be ? :wink:

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:02 am ]
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Wheels and all the GOLD stuff! 'pimpin'.

Author:  trek_y [ Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:16 am ]
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Aaaaarrrh ! Us Devon types are likin' the shiny shiny me hearty !

Ahem, but it might be up for a change as I have some SIDs and Juicy Ultimates which I'm thinking about putting on and these have red bits on them and that won't match ! Nooooooo ! :roll:

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:14 pm ]
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Looks good as it is!

Author:  FMJ [ Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:16 pm ]
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Author:  cyfa2809 [ Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:29 pm ]
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Has this changed?

Author:  FMJ [ Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:21 am ]
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cyfa2809 wrote:
Has this changed?


Mine? I don't think I posted it in the thread before. I could be wrong. Things are a bit fuzzy since I fell from the mezzanine at work and creased my head on a steel cabinet last year.

Author:  mike_eb [ Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:44 am ]
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my D-jab

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Author:  stewlewis [ Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:28 pm ]
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My current SS project.
I fancied a BMX, too small, I'd love a BMiX, no pennies.
I have a Sintesi Konstriktor frame, karma'd ages ago from here, I had it built geared and never got around to finishing it.

It's a what's in the box build. Tyres were free with a frame purchase off RB.
Wheels, diy fixed a broken pawl spring with some spring wire, click with a loud engagement, will probably fail and I'll lose skin.

Suss forks, Zokes?, failed to be suss a long time ago. Dead heavy rigid forks, Zokes.

Brakes Hayes MX2 cable disc.

Chain is close to tension, would probably get away with a half link, or a half link chain but stretch might throw it out again. I have 2 hanger tyoe tensioners but they're missing QR bits.

Needs - chain, tensioner, forks, a good thrashing around some dirt jumps.


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Author:  suburbanreuben [ Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:05 pm ]
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Chain tension looks fine to me!

Author:  stewlewis [ Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:39 pm ]
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I might get away with it, that's an old stretched chain too. Been a while since a pedal in the shin incident, that'll remind me of the BMX days.

Author:  bm0p700f [ Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:37 pm ]
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Oranage Evo2 with a 34/16T ratio. No tensioner, chain is a bit slack but does not come of or skip on the trails so all is good. Hope brakes, Hope hubs, Marzocchi forks, saint cranks.....

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Marin Pallisades, Xt hubs, Rigida Snyper rims, 300 Exige LX cranks, original forks, stem and bars, cheap canti arms that work quite well.

Also chains don't stretch, they wear. You chain tension is better than on my Orange and that tension works well so I would not bother with the tensioner. Also don't bother with half links they a faff. Change the chain at 0.75% wear like you would do normally and all will be fine.

Author:  neebsta [ Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:27 am ]
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Salsa El Mariachi

Author:  bm0p700f [ Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:33 pm ]
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All the bike posed here (except mine) are clean.

Author:  bryan555 [ Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:05 pm ]
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bm0p700f wrote:
All the bike posed here (except mine) are clean.


I guess most want to take snaps of their one geared steeds looking their best. Min is normally mucky, even though I clean it lots!

Author:  kaiser [ Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:23 pm ]
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Muddy :D

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and snowy

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Author:  BobCatMax [ Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:49 am ]
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bit bored at work the last couple of days...

anatomy of my last (DMR) Chain Tensioner (yep, i broke it)

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there's a vid of it too when i can find a computer that will let me access Vimeo/YouTube

Author:  jamabikes [ Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:47 pm ]
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nice pic bob. which package did you use? back at uni i was part of the test group that helped develop (on a user level rather than programming, thats my dads bag) form z. was a fairly advanced tool back then but i reckon paint is better now :lol:

Author:  BobCatMax [ Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:02 pm ]
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3DMax jama.

That sounds cool, i remember that program from way waaaay back when. what year were you helping out?

Author:  jamabikes [ Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:12 pm ]
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gulp between 99 and 00. they sold it to us by saying it was what they used to do the pod racers on star wars phantom menace :lol:

do you know of any open source 3d packages online? properly skint atm and would love to have a play around with it again.

Author:  BobCatMax [ Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:16 pm ]
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hehe, that would be just about the time i remember it i think..maybe a little after

I do. blender is apparently one of the best. I don't use it myself, but there's an awful lot of love for it out there

Blender.org

Author:  jamabikes [ Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:18 pm ]
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cheers matey will have a goosey.

Author:  stauqmuk [ Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:58 pm ]
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Just finished my Brooklyn Machine Works and although it only has 1 chainring and 1 cog Im not sure its a single speed. You be the judge.

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Author:  Jamis Diablo [ Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:07 pm ]
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Cheap *ss low tech Raleigh Montage:

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Modern Jamis Dragon 29:

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Author:  unkleGsif [ Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:13 pm ]
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How tight is too tight for the chain?

I've managed with a half link, to get the '90 Cindercone set on a 34-16, but the chain is pretty tight... not as tight as it was without the half link on a different ratio tho

I've had my bmx chain tighter with no problems, but those chains are a lot more beefy. I'm worried about the chain popping!

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Author:  unkleGsif [ Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:58 pm ]
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OK, forget the issue of the chain popping.. of greater concern having taken the bike out for its first spin at the weekend, was the pressure placed on the rear wheel bearings as a result of the increased chain tension :oops:

have taken it all apart and will try some different ratio's in order to get the chain taught but without being too tight

Meanwhile, here she is
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Author:  AndyPA [ Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:04 pm ]
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Im on the last stages of finishing my SS frame ,what are your thoughts on internal through the top tube rear brake hosing routing ,is it worth the bother due to maintenance ?

Author:  chriscl [ Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:17 pm ]
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2001 Gary Fisher Supercaliber Single-Speed -

Frame: Gary Fisher Supercaliber (Genesis Geometry), size is 14" and the frame alone weighs under 1500g...
Fork: Exotic Aluminium
Wheels: Shimano LX Hubs on Mavic X517 rims
Tyres: Schwalbe City Jet 1.5"
Cranks: Race Face Deus
Chainring: FSA, 36t
Sprocket: no-name, 18t
Chain: KNC
Brakes: Shimano M950 XTR
Seatpost: Race Face Deus
Seat: Charge Spoon
Stem: Race Face Deus
Bars: no-name alloy
Grips: Gusset Tight-B*stard

The whole thing weighs under 19lb and is my regular work commuter.

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Author:  ferrit [ Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:42 pm ]
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Dearly departed Swift, oh I should never have sold you

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Toying with single speeding this at the moment or going 1x9

Courtesy of SlimJoe, cheers mate :wink:
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Author:  cyfa2809 [ Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:58 pm ]
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EBB = you have to SS it!

Author:  majort [ Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:10 pm ]
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My Voodoo Wanga

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Author:  ferrit [ Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:27 pm ]
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cyfa2809 wrote:
EBB = you have to SS it!


Comes with a replacable singlespeed dropout for uper clean looks to. I might as well run it single for a while and throw some gears at it if it is to much like hard work

Author:  AndyPA [ Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:35 pm ]
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My custom built 853/Zona ,im still messing with the chainline and have since shortened the brake lines.
I took it out today and got it very dirty and I got very wet
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Author:  kaiser [ Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:40 pm ]
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Andy thats a cracking looking bike! any more pics? love the seat tube detailing! Looks like alot of nice touches.

Author:  AndyPA [ Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:44 pm ]
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kaiser wrote:
Andy thats a cracking looking bike! any more pics? love the seat tube detailing! Looks like alot of nice touches.

thanks more photos on my flickr page.
One question any idea where I can get a 1" 1/8 splined rear sprocket to fit a superstar rear hub ?

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:03 pm ]
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Charlie the bike monger has them i think. Halo fat foot ones.

Author:  kaiser [ Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:04 pm ]
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Do you mean a 1/8 cog? Try homebrew components, might take a while but nice stuff. Also you can use 3/32 with 1/8 chain and chainring.

BTW did you build the frame?

Author:  AndyPA [ Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:06 pm ]
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kaiser wrote:
Do you mean a 1/8 cog? Try homebrew components, might take a while but nice stuff. Also you can use 3/32 with 1/8 chain and chainring.

BTW did you build the frame?

I wondered if 3/32 was ok, if so i will stick with it for now
yes I built it

Author:  kaiser [ Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:18 pm ]
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Excellent work! Is it your business or hobby?

Author:  AndyPA [ Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:48 pm ]
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kaiser wrote:
Excellent work! Is it your business or hobby?

I was in the trade for a long time but now a hobby ,will build the odd frame for people if it is something interesting

Author:  AndyPA [ Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:51 pm ]
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Jamis Diablo wrote:
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love this bike and photo ^

Author:  al [ Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:00 am ]
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Not sure if I've posted any in this thread? if so sorry for dumping these in!!You've all seen them before, but it would be good just to put them all in the the place.

Also some are not 98> builds so a double sorry!

My first SS build was back in 1996 and I've had at least one on the go ever since.

In no particular order...

Surly 1x1
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Zaskar Race weenie project
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RM Altitude
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Surly 'hotrod'
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'Cakeshop special'
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Roberts DB
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Prom rider!!
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al. :D

Author:  theredchili [ Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:43 am ]
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Not modern ,but certainly can cut it with the modern boys …..

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Author:  Neil G [ Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:48 pm ]
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Some lovely bikes there, especially the Fat Chance :D

Author:  firedfromthecircus [ Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:08 pm ]
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Time to add my two in here.
One retro, one modern.

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Author:  Jamiedyer [ Wed May 02, 2012 11:50 pm ]
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Nice Monkey firedfromthecircus.
Looks nice in the grey, more details please :wink:
Gazz's one is geared so its good to see another SS Surly in the macretro camp :)

Jamie

Author:  firedfromthecircus [ Thu May 03, 2012 6:16 pm ]
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Cheers Jamie. The grey does look well, and I couldn't really have a black seeing as Gary got his first. :lol:
Not much to tell really. 2011 singlespeed builds on offer at the mo, and it sits as it did on Friday when I got it. Only difference is now it's a bit dirtier. :wink:
Been out on it last two afternoons after work and loving it so far. It definitely takes a bit more work to steer the big barge, but I only overshot a couple of corners before I started to get to grips with it. :lol: But boy does it roll once you get it going.:mrgreen:

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Author:  Jamiedyer [ Thu May 03, 2012 8:02 pm ]
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Glad your liking it :) Surly's rule!
I love mine and once I get my disc's sorted I will be sticking a set of 29 wheels on for summer and use my fat 26'ers for winter.
Thats the beauty with the 1X1 that you can run 29'ers but cant go bigger than1.95/ 2.00 on the rear or you hit the brace :roll: especially on the small frames I ride :wink:
Looking forward to seeing it at a macretro ride sometime soon.
Jamie

Author:  sswiss [ Sun May 13, 2012 7:48 pm ]
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nice day today - took the SS road and tow path warrior for a bit of tracking. 42T front ring (magic gear) can be a bit tough in places - but it's flat round here ;)

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Author:  BobCatMax [ Sat May 19, 2012 7:00 am ]
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got a 42 up front on mine sswiss, it makes for great flat riding, doesn't it

latest pic of mine in summer shoes, thank you Rich!

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Author:  beagle [ Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:48 pm ]
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Anyone had a geared frame converted to track ends? Got an old frame I'd like to make a dedicated SS. However, my two local frame builders suggest that it isn't possible to use track ends with a fixed disc mount and that you'd need to go with either Rohloff dropouts or an EBB - the frame isn't worth either. Obviously, they know better than me. But if a fixed disc mount doesn't work with track ends, why are there so many frames with track ends and a fixed disc mount? Just wondered if anyone had gone down this route.

Author:  AndyPA [ Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:56 pm ]
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beagle wrote:
Anyone had a geared frame converted to track ends? Got an old frame I'd like to make a dedicated SS. However, my two local frame builders suggest that it isn't possible to use track ends with a fixed disc mount and that you'd need to go with either Rohloff dropouts or an EBB - the frame isn't worth either. Obviously, they know better than me. But if a fixed disc mount doesn't work with track ends, why are there so many frames with track ends and a fixed disc mount? Just wondered if anyone had gone down this route.

it does work but you do need a slotted disc mount for adjustment

Author:  brusque [ Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:02 pm ]
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Ritchey P29 singlespeed 29"
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Author:  cyfa2809 [ Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:19 pm ]
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Egg ring?

How does that work in an ss setup?

Author:  suburbanreuben [ Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:35 am ]
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cyfa2809 wrote:
Egg ring?

How does that work in an ss setup?


Everyone wonders that....
But think about it, the chain is always on 50% of the ring, long and narrow or short and fat, if you get my drift?

Egg rings work!

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:56 am ]
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I did think that after i posted.

I guess in real simple terms its just a squashed round ring with same amount of teeth etc.

Author:  brusque [ Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:28 am ]
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suburbanreuben wrote:
cyfa2809 wrote:
Egg ring?

How does that work in an ss setup?


Everyone wonders that....
But think about it, the chain is always on 50% of the ring, long and narrow or short and fat, if you get my drift?

Egg rings work!


Yes, it's right, no problem for chain :wink:

Author:  monty dog [ Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:11 pm ]
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brusque wrote:
Ritchey P29 singlespeed 29"
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Expecting delivery of my P29er frame any day which I'm going to run singlespeed with a rigid fork. It'll be my first MTB after a few years without - sold one of my 3 CX bikes to make way for this. Funnily enough, paintjob isn't too dissimilar to my first MTB - Cannondale M600:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=81144

Author:  dmdmdm [ Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:28 am ]
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Well, Maybe I should have posted my build here, not in a seperate thread. doh!

My karma (but fake) cannondale. :
22lbs. 39>16 gear. 32.9mph top speed so far, lol 8)

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And on the road where it should be!...

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Author:  suburbanreuben [ Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:57 pm ]
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dmdmdm wrote:
Well, Maybe I should have posted my build here, not in a seperate thread. doh!

My karma (but fake) cannondale. :
22lbs. 39>16 gear. 32.9mph top speed so far, lol 8)

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And on the road where it should be!...

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I like the way you self-censored your rolled up trouser leg. Good man! Some of us old chaps mourn the passing of the bicycle clip. :cry:

Author:  Ash Bmix [ Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:29 pm ]
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here is my bmix single speed.

1999 Sunn bmix
Rock shox sid 100 forks
Sunn team 3pc cranks
Mavic rims
Dx v brake

this bike unfortunately has a flared head tube.
so i have a replacement frame waiting in the wings to replace this one.
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Author:  unkleGsif [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:44 am ]
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dmdmdm wrote:

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I know where that was taken.... just off Deansgate?
I will have to look out for you


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Author:  GT-Steve [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:41 pm ]
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I need some help and this is the best place for it I think...

Do I HAVE to runs a singlespeed-specific chain or can I run a lighterweight one, with a tensioner??

Author:  kaiser [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:50 pm ]
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Depends on what chainring and cog you are using. For instance a 3/32 chain will not work with 1/8 chainrings or cogs. Generally singlespeed chains are 1/8 and a lightweight one (I guess your taking about a geared chain) will be 3/32. But not all singlespeed chainrings and cogs are 1/8....Confused yet?

Author:  GT-Steve [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:09 pm ]
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kaiser wrote:
Depends on what chainring and cog you are using. For instance a 3/32 chain will not work with 1/8 chainrings or cogs. Generally singlespeed chains are 1/8 and a lightweight one (I guess your taking about a geared chain) will be 3/32. But not all singlespeed chainrings and cogs are 1/8....Confused yet?


Cheers fella,

The cog is a 3/32 and the chainring is just your average chainring for a conventional triple setup,

Based on your info, I should be ok to run a 'geared' chain (3/32) then? and hopefully without a tensioner (although I don't have horiz. dropouts)

:?

Author:  xced [ Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:34 am ]
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you can just use a regular 8 speed chain :wink:

Author:  unocogero [ Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:41 pm ]
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Hmmm! 2013 Unit. I'm sure it'll be controversial but I like this! A lot!

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Author:  saltyman [ Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:50 pm ]
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8) Quite like that

Author:  SiRvInO [ Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:19 pm ]
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Bare metal and a fat head tube...nice

Author:  SmokyDave [ Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:17 pm ]
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Ooh, that 'Unit' is lovely. £799 apparently. Here's my cro-mo rigid singlespeed, an '11 Spec P1:

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Author:  mikede [ Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:48 am ]
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My SS history:

'10 SE Stout, swapped to a 34t FSA & Ritchey Truegrips after one ride....
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Sold the Stout picked up my Klein(also now gone).
Started like this
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Ended up like this, 36/18 magic gear. The whell is against the front on the dropout.
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The Klein is gone but I have a 1990 Fisher Montare frame/fork on the way for my next singlespeed, Mainly so I don't have to worry about this one sitting outside the bakery/store/wine festival(we are in Germany) with the wife/kids:
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