Best way to buy/build a cheapish single speed

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guy.spartacus
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Best way to buy/build a cheapish single speed

Postby guy.spartacus » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:27 am

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?

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Re: Best way to buy/build a cheapish single speed

Postby Matthewfalle » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:32 am

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.
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guy.spartacus
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Re: Best way to buy/build a cheapish single speed

Postby guy.spartacus » Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:12 pm

Yeah - I’m keeping my eye on eBay etc

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Re: Best way to buy/build a cheapish single speed

Postby Craigus89 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 14:17 pm

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.

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Re: Best way to buy/build a cheapish single speed

Postby thecycleclinic » Sat Sep 07, 2019 21:52 pm

Buy s second hand one. I paid £225 for mine. A planet x holdsworth is good condition. It needed no work.
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Re: Best way to buy/build a cheapish single speed

Postby thecycleclinic » Sat Sep 07, 2019 22:09 pm

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.
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