What to do, what to do?

Discussion in 'KLUNKERS & MOUNTAIN BIKES' started by Bart52, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Bart52

    Bart52

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    20190612_152545.jpg I picked up this early 90's Schwinn Impact today. I was originally thinking a Rivendell clone, but the geometry/size is wrong for that.

    So I'm thinking about doing a dinglespeed (never done it that's why) on a ?????

    Any inspiration out there?
     
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  2. wheelbender6

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    I have put single speed kits on my multi speed mountain bikes before. Comes with cogs, tensioner and spacers (for cassette cog sets). I have not done one on free wheel cogs. Works well if you have the strength and stamina for it (I didnt).
     
  3. Wildcat

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    Strip everything off except for brakes and go single speed with a free wheel, or remove the brakes too with a coaster hub. Get a nice set of cranks and I would uses thick slicks to help with rolling resistance.
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  4. Klunkruiser

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    I'm probably going to convert this 18" Prairie Breaker II to single speed. Add some aluminum XR50 bars and a layback seatpost.
    I wouldn't mind a coaster hub. But that's an additional cost and I don't want to relace the rear wheel.
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    But I might not do it if I had to use a tensioner.

    I got a similar 17" Raleigh M-40 that doesn't have adjustable dropouts and it will get a direct drive 32cc weedeater motor instead. It will reside at work.

    Here's my old Schwinn Suburban that I stuck a Nexus 8 wheelset on. Deraileurs were kinda jacked up and I wanted to see how it looked with all that mess removed.
    I thought it made the bike look way cleaner.
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    But it just didn't fit what I wanted. Too tall and bent over.
    That hub, along with the Suburban's front sprocket and crank will go on my 26" cruiser/klunker build instead.
     
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