Questions tagged [single-speed]

A single-speed bicycle is a type of bicycle with a single gear ratio. These bicycles are without derailleur gears, hub gearing or other methods for varying the gear ratio of the bicycle.

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Can I use fiberfix tape to reinforce this shoddy weld?

I recently built a hi-ten steel bike and I just realized that it had a large hole in one of the welds near the seat tube and the top tube. Tried taking it back to the shop that shipped me the frame ...
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Rear wheel not aligned with frame but cog and crank is aligned

My bike was previously a 26er mtb 3x7speed and I converted it now to be a single speed freewheel bike. Is the bike safe to use if the rear wheel is not straight to the frame? It is closer to the drive ...
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Is my bike safe to use if cogs and crank is not that aligned?

Hey guys is it fine if my freewheel bike which is single speed is not that straight with its chain line, because my cogs and crank arent that straight but it is also not that far, im thinking if it is ...
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How do I use a freewheel as a single-speed?

Can I disassemble a free wheel sprocket and use it as a single speed sprocket or I have to buy a single speed sprocket?
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Fixed gear bike chain alignment

I have recently converted my old early 90s 18 speed Peugeot road bike to a fixed gear. The chain is clicking when pedalling and is out of line by about 10mm as you can see in the photo. The rear cog ...
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How to align a chain on a single speed

My bicycle currently has poor chainring/rear sprocket alignment (as in the chain at the front is more than a chain's width from the chain at the rear). I'm wondering what the procedure is to correct ...
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Chain keeps falling off chainring

I picked up an old Raleigh Sirocco from the 1980s ish and am attempting to convert it to single speed. I thought it was finished, but when taking it out for its first ride, the chain kept falling off ...
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Rear dropout with adjustments screws of a single speed bicycle

I have got a single speed bicycle (Pure Fix Original Series) and I need to remove the rear wheel to the replace the punctured tube. The rear dropout has adjustment screws (I am not sure if this is the ...
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Alternative to Cane Creek 200TT Brake Levers [closed]

I'm newbie. Looking for silver TT levers (not aero) for bullhorn on single speed (caliper brakes). I'd like all silver levers (without tblack parts). There's Cane Creek 200TT. But it has black ...
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Upgrading cycle from single to multi-speed

I own a single speed MTB . I'm planning to upgrade it to multi speed. As I'm on a tight budget, should I just upgrade my rear to multi speed or upgrade both front and rear. Is it a good idea to ...
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Single speed to multi-speed conversion with internal gear hub

I currently have a single speed 52m Crew District. I got it as a commuter once I got moved closer my workplace. I live in a fairly hilly area and I am thoroughly missing the option to downshift and ...
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Convert single speed, steel framed, vintage track bike to geared

Is there any way to convert a steel framed single speed vintage track bike to a geared bike? I have a track bike with only the rails for the wheel but I've moved out of the city and there are more ...
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Convert track bike to geared

Is there any way to convert a track bike to a geared bike? I have a track bike with only the rails for the wheel but I've moved out of the city and there are more hills where I am now living so would ...
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Convert track bike to geared [duplicate]

Is there any way to convert a track bike to a geared bike? I have a track bike with only the rails for the wheel but I've moved out of the city and there are more hills where I am now living so would ...
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Need help with gears and wheel alignment

i have an aluminium frame single speed. I wanted to know is it possible to add gears to it (correctly). I saw same model with gears installed but the rear wheel was not in line with front wheel and ...
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Is having your hands "on the hoods" of drop handlebars safe for braking?

I've never had a bike with drop handlebars, but may get one for commuting in busy London (likely a single-speed with mechanical disc brakes). This would mean riding with my hands mostly on the hoods, ...
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BMX gearing - for road / commuting

I have a 2010 Haro Pro Race, which I bought for commuting and general tomfoolery. I commute on it 2 miles a day, and I want to be able to go faster by changing the current single-speed gearing ratio. ...
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Chain slipping off from singlespeed rear cog

After I have worn out the cogs and chain to the point where my chain tensioner couldn't keep up anymore, I have replaced my drive train pieces, the axle and spacer are still the same. So I went from: ...
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How I can remove this freewheel (without "destroying" it)?

How I can remove this freewheel (without "destructing" it) ? By "destructive removal" I mean this: https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/freewheel-destructive-removal P.S. I ...
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Freewheel threading on Miche flip-flop hub

I'm currently building a parts list for a new single-speed bike. In the process, I came across a nice looking flip-flop hub from Miche: The "Primato Pista/Strada" I figured that adding the fixed ...
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Conversion to single speed: crankset specs?

I picked up a cheap frame recently which came with bottom bracket, 3x speed chainring, crank arms and pedals, handlebars, forks, and front & rear rim brakes. I've removed the chainring and right ...
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Setting up chain tension on a fixed gear with road bike frame

I got a road bike frame with vertical drops, so can't set the tension up. Tried to remove one link but then the chain becomes too short. My next idea was to change the front sprocket, currently have ...
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Looking for Techniques for Riding Uphill on a Single Speed

I commute on a Single Speed (SS) bike about 13mi round trip. Going home is not a problem as the gradients are low and I can climb them. However, going in to work the gradients are much steeper and I ...
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Does having bigger wheels mean less effort pedaling?

Assuming that we are using a fixed-gear bicycle and width of the wheels are the same, I wondered, does having bigger wheels mean I need to less effort to get from point A to point B in an urban ...
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Can I use an 1/8" chain on an old 8speed I'm converting to single speed?

I am in the process of converting an old road bike of mine into a single speed. I bought new crank arms, rear wheel (with a conversion kit), and a rear derailleur. Do I need to use a 3/32" chain, ...
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How do I properly torque a track cog lockring?

I see a torque rating is stamped onto a lot of track cog lock rings: However, I cannot find a way to use a torque wrench when tightening the lock ring. All the tools I've found, like Park Tool's HCW-...
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BB spindle length standard for single speed bike?

Is there a common spindle length for typical fixie/single speed bikes? Namely a bike with: a 68 mm BSA bottom bracket shell a square taper bottom bracket cartridge bearing 120 mm dropout distance ...
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Strida single speed - upgrade to 2-3 speeds possible?

Would it be possible to upgrade a single-speed Strida to 2-3 speeds? I know there is a Strida model with 3 speeds but the frame is different with respect to the one of a single speed. In particular, ...
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Bottom bracket needing repacement more often in a single speed bike

I used to live in quite a hilly area but managed well with a single speed Mango aluminium bike on most of these hills. I wanted to know if it is possible that due to extra pressure being exerted on ...
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single speed freewheel Shimano SF MX 30 vs Shimano SF-1200

What is the difference between: single speed freewheel Shimano SF MX 30 and Shimano SF-1200 ? Why those freewheels donesn't appear on shimano website? P.S. From the pictures it's clear that the ...
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Converting my Raleigh Equipe to a single speed: Can I use a conversion kit?

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: ...
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Converting Surly new hubs from 130mm to 120mm

Can I convert 130mm Surly New hub from 130mm to 120mm by simply replacing with a 120mm axle? I have a 130mm hub that I'm running on a sscx bike, and want to use the wheel for a track bike with 120mm ...
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Trouble with tension adjuster screws on 2012 Kona Unit

Here is the drive side screw on my 2012 Kona Unit: The problem is the screw is very difficult to move and adjust tension. It's so bad that I stripped the hex head used to adjust the tension, ...
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Single speed chain alignment

I have a seasoned 26" Dirt Jump bike where the time has come to replace the bottom bracket. The bike currently has Profile BMX cranks, with a single speed rear wheel (not an MTB freehub). Current BB ...
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Why is my freewheel slipping?

My freewheel tarted slipping this week. It slips most from a stop with no pressure snapping to significant pressure on the pedals. Slipping may be the wrong term as it really isn't engaging. Once it "...
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Need help finding compatible bottom bracket and crank set for track bike

My bike is this: https://www.santafixie.co.uk/derail-black-fixed-bike.html The BB measurements on the link are CH55 BSA 68/107. I know literally bare minimum about bottom brackets and crank sets. I ...
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Need help choosing my chainring and size whilst moving from 3x7 to 1x7

If have a 6/7 speed cassette and I’m thinking of changing to single-speed in my front chainring, what chainring size would anyone recommend?
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What is the difference between 1/2'' x 1/8'' and 1/8'' chain size for single speed?

I get the difference between 1/8'' and 3/32'', but does this 1/2'' really make a difference, or is it the same thing? I want to use the chain for track cycling.
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Used WD-40 on headset and now it loosens daily

I've used WD-40 on my bike's headset as it produced some cracking noises. The result is a headset that gets loose after every ride. I've tried to use a wrench to tighten it, alas, it went loose after ...
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What is the difference between KMC 410Z vs 710 chain?

What is the difference between KMC 410Z VS KMC 710 chain? For use in single-speed or fixed gear bike.
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Are sealed bearings equal to cartridge bearings in single speed hubs?

Single speed hubs are often speced with sealed bearings. In my brief market search I haven't seen any hubs with cartridge bearings in the specifications. Are sealed bearings used synonymous with ...
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Which is better, single speed or three speed?

Which is better, single speed or three speed? I am 45 and buying an adult trike because I never learned to ride a bike when I was younger. I don't know if I get a single speed or three speed?
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How is the Bikight aluminium chain tensioner installed?

Bikight tensioner Is it perhaps installed next to the wheel, in the inner part of the frame?
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Chain on singlespeed tight, pedals won't turn backwards very freely - is this an issue?

A well-known and well regarded shop fixed something on my converted single-speed bicycle. On the ride back from the shop, the pedaling felt "different", and I noticed that the pedals will stop after ...
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Regular front road wheel for a single speed bike

I recently crashed my Kona Paddy Wagon ruining the front wheel completely. All the single-speed/fixed-wheel dedicated wheels I was able to find are crap, and I don't want to spend too much time ...
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How to fit single speed tensioner onto bike?

I have recently replaced my old Gusset Bachelor SS tensioner for a new Gusset sprung tensioner with a jockey wheel (https://www.gussetcomponents.com/shop/chains-and-chain-devices/squire-ss-tensioner/)....
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Is there a special 3/32" chain ring for single speed/fixed gear bikes?

Am I able to use what's called an "Outer" chain ring in a single speed application? Something like this https://www.modernbike.com/sugino-48t-110mm-standard-chainring Thank you.
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Single speed chain wide - is this OK?

The chain is wider than cog, it's safe to ride, and doesn't fall over, it's staying properly, chain is 1/2 inch pitch x 1/8, and my cog is 1/2 pitch x 3/32. Is it okay that cog is thinner than the ...
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Can I use slider dropouts on my track dropouts?

My bike's dropout/fork-end basically look like this: and I wonder if I could use something like this to convert it into a vertical dropout with a hanger and disc caliper mount: I'll only be using ...
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Is a 22 inch road bike appropriate for a 5'9" person? [closed]

I am admittedly a beginner and looking to purchase a used single speed bike just to casually use around the neighborhood. I came across this listing: https://nashville.craigslist.org/bik/d/...