I have recently come into possession of a Coventry Eagle that I want to turn into a single speed bike.
The Coventry Eagle has a three speed internal Sturmey Archer hub gear, obviously on a single speed this isn't wanted or needed.
Being a frugal sort is it possible to remove a hub gear and keep the existing wheel? Or should I just get a new rear wheel?
I know I can just set it in the gear I want it to be in and leave it at that but the hub gear adds considerable weight to the back of the bike, and also ruins the look I am going for.
I carry out almost all of the maintenance on my bike and fit new components as and when needed. I can and will learn new skills if needed.
This is a project bike intended to pass time and be a bit of fun, so keeping costs low is slightly more important than the time taken. However if it gets to a point where I am getting nowhere with something and it stops being fun I will seek professional help / buy something more suited to the job.
As a side note:
I want the bike to have a similar riding position as my road bike, so I will most likely have drop bars on it. If 700cc tires would make this easier to achieve then the removing of the hub gear becomes a mute point.