First off - I'm a complete amateur when it comes to doing repairs on bikes. Anything exceeding changing tyres, tubes and perhaps adjusting the brakes is something I've never attempted before. However, I feel like I should get better at it, and this should be a great project.
Here's a pic of my bike, a vintage (don't know precisely how old it is) Fuji Ultimate road bike (10-speed):
I'd like to do the following things:
- Temove derailleurs, related cabling, gear shifters from bike
- Replace the cassette with a single chain ring at the back, but not a fixed one. I'd like it to be single speed.
- If possible, still use the cranks on the front (the small ring), without having to do any removal / replacement
- Get a new chain and put it on
- If possible: replace the current brake calipers with up-to-date (cheap-ish) ones, e.g. tektro brakes (but still leave the current brake levers on the bike)
I'd specifically like to ask you all for some advice regarding how to go about this project:
- Which parts will I need to buy, and what specifically would you recommend? I don't want to end up accidentally buying the wrong size ring/chain or something like that.
- What tools will I need? I have a basic toolkit, and some pocket bike tools.
- Are there some online tutorials you could point me towards?
- Will new (Tektro?) brakes fit on to this bike?
- Will I manage this? :D
Finally, here is another picture of the rear wheel / hub / cassette of the bike, to provide slightly more information to everyone: