How to build a cheap cool Singlespeed bike in 60 minutes:
Step 1: First of all! BUY an old bicycle, don’t steel it! Give attention to SIZE & *DROP-OUTS*
Step 2: Prepare the tools.
Step 3: Prepare yourself. Hoody, Oakley sunglasses, green camo cap
Step 4: REMOVE ALL! – *Maybe not the bartape, save work & money.
Remove front & rear derailleur, chain, saddle, …
Are you sure that you have the correct drop-outs?
Step 5: Remove the cassette.
Step 6: Clean all a bit or not, it depends on you.
Step 7: Find your right cog size. You should use the bike for a week, always using the same gear for the whole day, and see what ratio you need.
Step 8: Fill up the freewheel body with spacers and tighten the cog. Spacers can be found in old cassettes or you local bicycle shop, they are different for Campagnolo or Shimano!
Step 9: Mount the rear wheel.
Step 10: Trash the old parts or help a friend.
Step 11: Bring the smaller chainring to the front if you aren’t sure which ratio you need, use the smaller for the first rides. Dont use any Biopace chainrings, this won’t work!
Step 12: Tighten all chainring bolts very well. May you will need some washers.
Step 13: Shorten the chain.
Step 14: Give attention to the cainline. Fixed-gear and Singlespeed hubs have a chainline of about 40-42 mm centerline of the frame/hub to center of the sprocket.
Step 15: Find the right chain tension, if you don’t have the correct drop-out, you will need a chain tensioner.
Step 16: Mount a cool vintage saddle like this white Flite. BEWARE OF HIPSTER PARTS as much often as you can!
Step 17: A new fancy handlebar tape.
Alternate handlebar set up.
Step 18: Add stickers and a water bottle cage holder.
Step 19: Your new Singlespeed bicycle is ready now.
Step 20: Now let’s have a beer, … or two …