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How to convert your bike to single speed!
The basic steps are…
Remove bike chain with chain tool
Remove shift cables and housings
Remove chain rings
Install new chainring with single ring chainring bolts
Remove rear wheel
Remove cassette from freehub body using a chain whip tool and cassette lockring tool
Install cassette freehub spacers and singlespeed cassette cog and lockring using a cassette lockring tool and an adjustable wrench
Install chain tensioner, or a chain with enough links to achieve proper tension, optionally install a chain catcher too
Check chainline is straight between front chainring and rear cog.
Rearrange cassette freehub spacers as needed.
The items needed are...
Singlespeed chainring (3/32" for 3/32" chain)
Singlespeed chainring bolts
Singlespeed cassette cog and lockring (3/32" for 3/32" chain)
Cassette freehub spacers
Chain catcher (optional)
The tools needed are...
Cassette lockring tool
Find your magic gear so you don't need a chain tensioner! (link above) Enter chainstay length and pick a front chainring and rear cog (FxR) combination in the highlighted area for the gear inches you desire (70" is a good starting point).
Tip 1: Want to use a singlespeed crank but the crank arm or chainring hits the chainstay of your bike frame? Use a bottom bracket spacer, or chainring bolt spacers.
Tip 2: Want to use a single speed rear wheel? Got a steel bike frame? It's possible to narrow the rear dropout spacing with a block of wood but be careful!
If you have any questions please post them in the comment section and we will help you!
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