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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:32 pm 
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Hi everyone

I have just been giving a old Raleigh 16 inch mountain bike, the frame is of reynolds steel, the gears and brakes are knackered, But the frame and wheels are sound, so my plan was to turn it in to a single speed bike, with v-brakes, wider handlebars and slick tires and maybe a rack, my question is what single speed kit should i go for and could i use the existing crankset, and would would i need a tensioner for it

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Im guessing the dropouts arent straight but angled downwards slightly? If so, you wont need a tensioner. Some cheap SS kits n CRC.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:39 pm 
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cyfa2809 wrote:
Im guessing the dropouts arent straight but angled downwards slightly? If so, you wont need a tensioner. Some cheap SS kits n CRC.


excellent what i was wondering what ratios are the best on the front and rear


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:46 pm 
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road or off road?

off road, a 32x16 set up is uaully a good place to start

on road - I have a 42x16 on mine with 1.5 slicks. good on the flat, makes you work on hills and into the consistently strong sea breeze :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:44 pm 
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My Single-speed commuter runs 36/16 with 1.5" Schwalbe semi-slicks.

You can get a "complete" Single-speed kit with everything you need included from Charlie the Bike Monger:

http://www.charliethebikemonger.com/

I have one of their kits, and it has all the parts required, including shorter chain ring bolts to allow you to re-use your current cranks.

Your existing Crankset should be OK, but you might be best replacing the chain.

As to the tensioner, you might be lucky and hit a "magic" gear that fits your bike with the correct chain tension; if not, you'll need a tensioner.

One tip - measure the chain length and remove excess links on the bike, without fitting the tensioner and get it as tight as you can - then fit your tensioner (i.e. don't fit the tensioner first).


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:06 pm 
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I've got a xt2 chain set
Slx xt bb new used for 6 miles
Chain
32t ring
Chain tensioner
Chain
And a couple of.spacers if you are interested


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