Totally bored at work today, so decided to surf and read up on single speed conversions. Built up my tarmac from scratch this time last year and have been itching for another project, altough funds are tight and the boss lady won't allow another bike in or out of the house!
I'm currently set up with the tarmac for fast paced days, a custom Madone that was my second road bike after selling the first trek when my son was born and we weren't yet established; I ride it on rainy or winter days and for relaxed rides, as it is set up with a more upright position. ...and a cannondal rush FS for trail riding.
So that brings us to the old cannondale f500 from 1997. It's bright orange aluminum with red/black accents and birkenstock painted across the top tube. Won this bike in a raffle from....you guessed it, birkenstock! It was my first "real" mountain bike. It has been through several incarnations over the years, currently sits with the original 7 speed Shimano drive train. The bike has been hanging in the garage for the past years and has only seen use pulling the kids in the bike trailer every so often. .... decided i would covert it to SS this spring and turn it into a town, gravel, trail bike. So here are the initial ideas and thoughts. ..I have the following:
Titec stem and hellbent riser bar in good condition.. love the old school devil graphic in these bars-will reuse for new build
XT v brakes with new pads.. bought these as an upgrade years back and i think i paid like $140 so I'm glad to reuse em
Have the original fork, so I'll ditch the manitou xvert shock for this and will try to sell the shock
Seat post, head set, and crank are all in decent shape so will reuse to save a few
Willl lose the follOwing:
26" sun rims wheelset and will use a pair of 700c bontragers... just need to service the rear hub because it's spinning pretty rough right now
The front and rear derailures will go and will get a single speed kit with 16t cog
Chain is worn out so I'll grab a sram single speed specific chain
Saddle is an old selle itallia that will also go for a more comfortable saddle I hopefully find on the cheap
That's pretty much it, just need to find what cross tires i want to go with. Thinking 30mm Our even up to 35 if they'll fit? Also will need a v brake adaptor for the front and rear to work with the 700c wheels? I think a company called xtracycle or something like that makes them?
Going to get pics up before during and after so any feed back would be appreciated. ... also, test fitted the fork with the bonty rim and it fit, but not sure about the rear yet... will test for it tomorrow. .. anyone know off the top of their head of the rear drop out on an older cdale will work with 700c?
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