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Best way to buy/build a cheapish single speed

guy.spartacusguy.spartacus Posts: 321
edited September 2019 in Road buying advice
Looking at buying/building a cheapish single speed/flip flop commuter

What’s the best way? Buy complete or build myself?

Any recommendations up to around £350-400?
Road - '10 Giant Defy 3.5
MTB - '05 Scott Yecora
BMX - '04 Haro Nyquist R24 (don't judge me)

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  • buy/acquire the frame you want as cheap as poss.

    buy/acquire/find the bars, stem, cranks, etc you want as cheap as poss.

    if you want freewheel s/s, fit any wheelset and just space out the cog. if you want fixed/flip flop do the same but fixed/flip flop.

    sub £200 is easy doors for this. £250 will get you the frameset and all finishing kit powdercoated to your colour choice.

    Or look second hand - I got my mint Felt Despatch for £140. These things aren't that expensive new tbh.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • Yeah - I’m keeping my eye on eBay etc
    Road - '10 Giant Defy 3.5
    MTB - '05 Scott Yecora
    BMX - '04 Haro Nyquist R24 (don't judge me)
  • If you want SS and not fixed then just buy any bike that you want, remove derailleurs, remove chain ring, shorten chain and replace cassette with a single cog with spacers at a cost of 10 quid.
  • Buy s second hand one. I paid £225 for mine. A planet x holdsworth is good condition. It needed no work.
    http://www.thecycleclinic.co.uk -wheel building and other stuff.
  • craigus89 wrote:
    If you want SS and not fixed then just buy any bike that you want, remove derailleurs, remove chain ring, shorten chain and replace cassette with a single cog with spacers at a cost of 10 quid.

    Chain wear will make the chain slack and then it skips. Not every bike can accept a magic gear. Chain tensioners can help but your better off starting with a single speed frame. Plenty about.
    http://www.thecycleclinic.co.uk -wheel building and other stuff.
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