I am a complete bike novice and am trying to convert my raleigh equipe road bike into a single speed (after a plastic bag blew out my rear derraileur).

I have purchased a single speed conversion kit: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01LWVTCS0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 but have not been able to fit it onto my wheel.

If I purchase a shimano cycling freehub (something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00G98QQU0?pf_rd_r=H50JHNAAZCRQN6SV9FQM&pf_rd_p=e632fea2-678f-4848-9a97-bcecda59cb4e), would I be able to attach it to my wheel, having removed the freewheel, so the single speed kit would work?

Photo of the wheel and removed free wheel attached.enter image description here


No, you have a freewheel and the conversion kit you have bough is for a freehub. The freehub you have linked to will not fit your freewheel.

I don't know if you can get freewheel kits with spacing. Most freewheel kits I have seen have the cog close the hub flange - the chain line would be wrong on your wheel.

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    You could still use your freewheel and run the chain over the cog that gives you the best chainline, probably the middle-most of the pack. But it may become hard to push if the front chainring is quite large. In which case you'd have to find a smaller ring. Just thinking that a new RD may be less hassle and cheaper.
    – Carel
    Jun 2 '20 at 9:49

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