Time To Lose The Gears

Postby Scotty on Tue 28/Apr/15 7:23am

Winter is coming and I'm pulling the gears off and going singlespeed for winter.

I used to use and old DX cog and spacers on the back, truvativ ring on the front and a 1 1/8th bmx chain. Problem was the rear cog would chew the freehub body on the back and I'd bend the alloy ring and usually revert to a cheapie Truvativ steel ring.

Is there anything better out there these days? What's good singlespeed kit for conversions?

Don't need a tensioner, my frame's got adjustable dropouts.
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby Matahina on Tue 28/Apr/15 8:09am

I'm not strong enough to fold a chain ring but wide base sprockets seem to help protect the free hub body. see http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/nz/e ... -prod17775
My 16t gusset cog seems to be wearing ok- better than the DMR ones anyway
I have a 17t unused in the draw if you want it
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby thorg on Tue 28/Apr/15 8:16am

Surly.
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby gristle on Tue 28/Apr/15 9:32am

You could do worse than getting a stainless chain ring from On One.

https://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/CROOSS/on- ... -chainring

57% off at the moment as well... 15 squid. I've got a 32 tooth, no issues at all.
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby snr_merv on Tue 28/Apr/15 4:15pm

Surly cog with a big fat interface on the freehub body. I've exploded chainring bolts but not my cheap Truvativ steel singlespeed ring.
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby thorg on Tue 28/Apr/15 5:06pm

PM me. I have spares.
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby Dougal on Tue 28/Apr/15 5:51pm

Are you gearing for the ride or for the ride up the hill to your house? :sneaky:
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby wachtourak on Tue 28/Apr/15 5:59pm

Another vote for Surly cogs, ran that on my old hipster road bike and it never choded out a freehub body, I think the base is about 3mm thick. +1 for Surly rings too
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby shmoodiver on Tue 28/Apr/15 8:22pm

+3 for surly cogs, not the chainrings tho... ovalized the bolt holes on mine.
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby wachtourak on Tue 28/Apr/15 9:04pm

mine worked fine, even pushing 42x14 up hills round here
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby Scotty on Wed 29/Apr/15 2:05pm

I think I'll give the Surly kit a go. Any chain recommendations?
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby Scotty on Wed 29/Apr/15 2:06pm

Dougal wrote:Are you gearing for the ride or for the ride up the hill to your house? :sneaky:

On Big Easy maybe...
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby AgrAde on Wed 29/Apr/15 2:24pm

Scotty wrote:I think I'll give the Surly kit a go. Any chain recommendations?


KMC 810.

http://kmcchain.us/chain/k810/

When I used to ride trials, I would crush the rollers on sram/shimano chains so badly in a week that they'd crack and fall off the chain. These things lasted for a year before I'd replace them. I also used the surly cogs :)
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby Kev on Fri 1/May/15 11:41am

I had a question but I chose to wait until the thread had sufficient worthwhile contributions before I potentially derailed (no pun intended) the conversation

Why would you remove the gears?

The derailleur gear is one of the marvels of 20th century engineering. I can think of a few reasons to discard it but none of them seem very compelling.

1) During winter the roads are mucky and a derailleur would wearout faster than single speed
2) During winter the roads are mucky and the derailleur might require more maintenance but no one wants to faff around on cold winter nights
3) During winter the rides tend to be shorter and single speed give a more varied workout. (push harder on the uphills and spin faster on the down)
4) Single speed makes my bike look like a cool fixed gear track bike

I am genuinely curious to know if it's one of these or if I am missing the whole point of it entirely
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Re: Time To Lose The Gears

Postby Scotty on Fri 1/May/15 11:43am

Errr, I get the impression you're looking at it from a very road-centric point of view Kevin. :sly:
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