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Anyone ever just take the derailleurs off and call it a day?

Old 06-27-20, 12:47 PM
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Anyone ever just take the derailleurs off and call it a day?

I have an old Schwinn collegiate that I am thinking of converting to a single speed by stripping everything off (shifters and derailleurs) and just running the chain on one of the front chainrings and pick one of the rear cogs. This is obviously a very low budget approach as it uses the existing crank and chainrings as well as the cassette, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work...

any thoughts on this??
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Old 06-27-20, 01:26 PM
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possibly the chain is more likely to jump, but what do i know, don't waste my time on conversions.
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Originally Posted by Skimax View Post
I have an old Schwinn collegiate that I am thinking of converting to a single speed by stripping everything off (shifters and derailleurs) and just running the chain on one of the front chainrings and pick one of the rear cogs. This is obviously a very low budget approach as it uses the existing crank and chainrings as well as the cassette, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work...

any thoughts on this??
Don't remove the derailleurs. Use the front derailleur as a chain keeper to keep the chain from falling off. Use the rear derailleur as a chain tensioner. Once you've selected the desired chainring and freewheel cog, turn the high and low adjustment screws on the derailleurs all the way in until they stop to lock the derailleurs in position. You can then remove the shift levers, cable housings and cables to clean things up.
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Originally Posted by Skimax View Post
I have an old Schwinn collegiate that I am thinking of converting to a single speed by stripping everything off (shifters and derailleurs) and just running the chain on one of the front chainrings and pick one of the rear cogs. This is obviously a very low budget approach as it uses the existing crank and chainrings as well as the cassette, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work...

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I have done this without issue.
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