I've been toying with the idea of creating a single speed bike out of my old 1997 Schwinn Moab mountain bike. I know I am going to do this and it is taking me a lot longer than I originally anticipated. I really really want to do this. I want to see what the fuss of single speeds is all about. I want to know why every person who rides the Dakota 5-0 beats me on their single speed. I want to be one of those people who mash up hills and cruise down them with one gear. It's not that I want to fit into the fad of single speeding, I really want to know what it's about.
So, here is my commitment. I will finish my single speed bike by July. That will give me 2 months to ride it before the 5-0, not saying that I will ride it in the 5-0 but I want to have at least ridden it on trails to feel the grace of having 1 gear.
On another note, my friend who is giving me their old Novara said I can pick it up any time. It is in perfect running condition, but with a few minor things that will need to be fixed. I am debating on if I want to make this a single speed commuter or geared. It currently has front and rear racks. The main problem with it is some of the gearing was messed up. I will probably need to buy a new crank set and probably new chain rings for the rear. Probably I should just get all the parts new, hubs, freewheel, crank set, derailieur and chain. I'll see. It all depends on what sort of funds for my project.
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