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How am I able to simulate gears on my single speed?

You do not have a single-speed. The rear wheel on your bike has a 7-speed internally geared hub. This uses a couple of sets of planetary gears, each of which can be engaged in two different ways, plus ...
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Fixie vs Road Bike - the right fixie bike for bunch rides

Disclaimer: I am a fixie hater. I'll try to answer this as if I was impartial. Proper road bikes (Including the Moulton) are the machines for speed, and always have been (unless you're on a velodrome)...
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Is having a disc brake on a single speed bicycle a bad idea?

Well, there are lot's and lot's of commuter bikes with internal hubs and disk brakes. I see no reason why a single speed wouldn't work as well. A google search for "single speed cx bike disk brakes"...
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How am I able to simulate gears on my single speed?

This is not a single-speed bike. It's an internally-geared hub made by Sachs, later bought by SRAM, which later stopped production of the hubs. If you take a better photo of the label on the hub, we ...
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Can I convert a 1x9 speed bicycle to single speed by putting 9 identical cogs into cassette?

Since 1982 or so just about all rear derailleurs are built with a slant parallelogram design so that it glides in a diagonal line as it shifts up and down. This is supposed to keep the jockey wheel a ...
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Fixie vs Road Bike - the right fixie bike for bunch rides

Who rides fixes? Roadies who have got bored with always being out the front? Maybe its someone wanting to make a statement to the "Freds" (look it up) in the group I once did a 160km ride where some ...
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Used WD-40 on headset and now it loosens daily

Using WD40 on a headset should not cause it to loosen. Something else is wrong. You need to find out what that is. First - don't ride the bicycle until the problem is identified and fixed. Doing ...
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Can I convert a 1x9 speed bicycle to single speed by putting 9 identical cogs into cassette?

I would say : no way. The rear derailleur is not supposed to handle cogs with the same dimension. The cogs should be smaller towards the outer part of the cassette, to correspond to the movement of ...
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Does having bigger wheels mean less effort pedaling?

Assuming a completely smooth road and neglecting the weight of the wheels, it makes no difference: you still need to do the same amount of work. Essentially, larger wheels give you a higher gear ratio,...
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Derailleur On A Single Speed

The derailleur is there to act as chain tensioner. In a frame intended for derailleur the rear wheel can't be moved to tighten the chain, so a separate spring-loaded chain tensioner is needed. The ...
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10 gears to singlespeed

I've got a 2nd hand Hercules too and I've done this exact thing. Get a quality chain tool and look up some videos on Youtube about how to remove and re-link a bike chain. I pretty much winged it as I ...
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Setting up chain tension on a fixed gear with road bike frame

If you cannot control the rear cog's position, you can try moving the front chainring to tune the chain tension. That is, get an eccentric bottom bracket: By rotating it in the frame, the distance ...
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Convert single speed, steel framed, vintage track bike to geared

Yes. Absolutely. Simply install an internal gear hub. Prices for internal gear hubs are basically what you want to spend: You can buy decent second hand IGHs (SRAM 7 speed, 300% gear spread, super ...
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Can I convert a 1x9 speed bicycle to single speed by putting 9 identical cogs into cassette?

Additionally, you'd have to have at least one different cog, probably an 11 or 12 tooth outermost, because it has a differnet design to every other cog. This little cog also has the detents for the ...
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How am I able to simulate gears on my single speed?

As other answerers have said, that bike has hub gears rather than being a single speed bike. However, no-one so far has commented on what the differences with this style of gears are. Compared to ...
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Turn single speed into multi speed!

Technically yes, economically no. You obviously need to obtain a multi sprocket cassette, rear derailleur, shifter, and cable and housing. Additionally you need: Singlespeed frames have dropouts ...
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How do I properly torque a track cog lockring?

A torque specification is not just a torque-spanner setting but a physical property. That is, there are many ways to apply the correct torque. In this case it means more or less: pull it as tight as ...
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Setting up chain tension on a fixed gear with road bike frame

The short answer, is you generally cannot make a fixie out of a frame with vertical dropouts. Not only do you need to tension the chain, but the spacing of the axle of the bottom bracket and rear ...
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How do I fit this pair of chain tensioners on my single speed bike?

They look like you want those "in" the horizontal dropout. The bracket should cover the frame and as you tighten the bolt it will pull the axle further away from the cranks, tightening the chain along ...
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Can I swap down to a different number of teeth on a chainring

Yes, this should be possible. Though there are several things you need to check to ensure it is compatible: Number of bolts, and bolt circle diameter (BCD). Count the number of bolts, and measure the ...
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How to align a chain on a single speed

To adjust chainline, you can: At the back use spacers between the hub and cog At the front use a longer/shorter bb spindle (as Kibbee says) use spacers on the bb cups (as Mark W says) use ...
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Finding which gear on my bike is closest to a single-gear bike

We can't tell without more information about your gears. However, you can figure it out for yourself quite easily, by looking at the ratio of chainring teeth to rear sprocket teeth on the single ...
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Convert fixed side of flip flop hub to freewheel

You can just use the freewheel on the large thread on the fixed side. It's the same size, and just as durable as the freewheel side, for normal people. So just unscrew the lockring and cog, and put ...
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Ideal distance between chainring and chain stay

4mm at the closest point is about the safe spot. 3mm is about the sane bare minimum you can go to if you want to push things. Less is asking for trouble. Note that frames, cranks, rings, and spindles ...
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10 gears to singlespeed

If your bike has slotted dropouts and a rear wheel secured with axle nuts (which Poster's answer implies you have) you can do a single speed conversion without the need for a chain tensioner device. ...
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Convert single speed, steel framed, vintage track bike to geared

The bike in the question is not what is considered as "track drop outs". For that bike, depending on the rear wheel spacing, it should be relatively easy to convert back to geared. I would ...
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How am I able to simulate gears on my single speed?

Ah, but this is not a single speed bike. The gears are within the hub and invisible to the naked eye. If you remove the cable, the hub will default to (probably) the highest/heaviest/hardest gear. If ...
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Is there a difference between the durability of the chains with 1/8 and 3/32 inch?

Yes. All other things being equal a 1/8" chain will be a tiny bit sturdier than a 3/32", just by virtue of the fact that the plates are a little thicker. I also have a single speed bike, I also ...
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Fixie vs Road Bike - the right fixie bike for bunch rides

For context, I have been doing group rides for about 20 years now, raced at the cat 1/2 level for a good portion of that, and had a fixed gear obsession off and on for many years too. Riding fixed is ...
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Single disc brake front of SS bike?

Like the late great Sheldon Brown wrote in his article, I use the front brake alone most of the time. But there are great reasons to have a rear brake in addition to the front brake: Slippery ...
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