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Offline old gray goat

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Single speed love
« on: January 15, 2010, 10:21:47 AM »
Loving my new found friend . But looking to lose the chain tensioner its noisy and looks like ass . what is the best way to clean up the drive train of my richey ??
 
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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2010, 10:28:00 AM »
As SS, you don't need to clean it.   ;D
 
Actually, I do clean my ss less then my gearie.  But when I did clean it, it was the same treatment as I now do on my 1x9.  Cheap walmart degreaser spray on a rag and spin cranks a bit.  Hardly ever remove chain to clean.  Welcome to the ss club, you will have lots of fun with simplicity.

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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010, 10:29:04 AM »
Someday soon... I too will join the SS Tribe.
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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2010, 10:42:33 AM »
Well... Paint. There's two ways to do this:

Cheap method:
majic gear.  measure the chain, add the link, pedal the chain on and if it doesnt bend your chain ring your good.  you may have to play with cog size, 15 or 17 may work best, or get a half link or a 33 front ring.

expensive method.
Have an ENO rear wheel built. Its an eccentric hub that you can use to tension the chain.  google it.
those are your options to eliminate the tensioner.

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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2010, 12:47:48 PM »
Well... Paint. There's two ways to do this:

Cheap method:
majic gear.  measure the chain, add the link, pedal the chain on and if it doesnt bend your chain ring your good.  you may have to play with cog size, 15 or 17 may work best, or get a half link or a 33 front ring.

expensive method.
Have an ENO rear wheel built. Its an eccentric hub that you can use to tension the chain.  google it.
those are your options to eliminate the tensioner.
I think White Ind. makes or made a eccentric freewheel.
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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2010, 04:54:11 PM »
Couple companies out there also make eccentric bb conversions.  Expensive but would be cheaper than going with a new hub and relacing the wheel.  This is one of the kits out there:  http://forwardcomponents.blogspot.com/


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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2010, 05:37:58 PM »
Oh things are starting to clear up in my paint fumed mind .. now I see how the eccentric hub works makes complete sense to me now.. Thanks for the input guys...

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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2010, 05:52:54 PM »
Someday soon... I too will join the SS Tribe.

First few times you ride one you will think you died and went to heaven. You'll feel like the coolest guy out there....then your knees may start hurting you or you won't be able to keep up with the group and your backwill start hurting.....so you'll go back and pick up the full suspension.

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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2010, 09:19:10 PM »
Someday soon... I too will join the SS Tribe.

First few times you ride one you will think you died and went to heaven. You'll feel like the coolest guy out there....then your knees may start hurting you or you won't be able to keep up with the group and your backwill start hurting.....so you'll go back and pick up the full suspension.

First few times you ride you will think you died................repeat, repeat.


its a great feeling going single speed...
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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2010, 09:57:08 PM »
Oh, it's coming this spring. I don't know if I wanna buy one already built, or just get a frame, and hand pick the parts. I'm almost positive the SS I acquire, will be a 29'er though...

This spring. On my short list.
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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2010, 12:00:24 AM »
I want one. Definitely a 29'er, but rigid, hardtail, or full-sus? I'm thinking rigid but with suspension capable geometry so I could suspension fork it if I wanted to later. A 26" wheeled frame is a little tempting though because I could swap parts over from the HiFi, upgrading the HiFi, and basically have the SS as a bonus bike but I think I really want a 29'er so that's probably out.

My cyclocross bike is a lot of fun to ride on the trails but the wheels and fork sometimes make loud popping groaning noises that just leave me wondering if maybe I'm pushing it a bit to hard. The body positioning is kind of scary on bumpy descents, you just can't push back far enough to confidently use any front brake on a descent and the rear is skinny so it skids really easy if you break ground contact for even a moment.

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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2010, 06:54:23 AM »
i have been looking at getting a cyclocross bike....
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Re: Single speed love
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2010, 01:51:49 PM »
Some of the 'boring' trails like East Meadow are a blast on a cross bike. The smooth ones are extra fast and bumpy ones are extra challenging.

 

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