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I'd say buy a modern Dutch city commuter bike: except for a Gates Carbon Belt Drive (never heard of), they have all the listed specs, are indeed very low maintenance (having an completely enclosed chaincase helps a lot) and will cost you about 600 - 700 GBP, evering included with wheel lock. Well known, good quality brands are Gazelle, Batavus, Sparta, and ...


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I agree with Batman. You can disconnect your front shifter, and use the indexing screws to position the front derailleur to act as a chain guide, and you're good to go. If you're not interested in doing that, I would recommend paying attention to Emyr's advice--chainrings intended to be used with a shifter have "ramps" on the gear teeth to facilitate ...


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If you're keeping the inner chainring, it's likely to be very similar to a chainring designed to be used as a single ring. You shouldn't try to use a middle chainring as a single ring because it will have teeth that are designed to drop the chain, something you don't want to happen when climbing hills in the gear of last resort. If the chain drops in this ...



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