So far, I have been able to install the BB, Crank, Fork, headset, stem, and handle bars on the singlespeed build. I rigged together a contraption to install the headset cups (pics coming) it worked, but took longer than it would if I had the proper tool. Still, for a cheap rig, it got the job done and as far as I can tell, didn’t scratch up the cups.
The Manitou4 Shocks have been refreshed with new elastometers. Not 100% sure I did that right. It was too simple and that makes me feel like I screwed it up. Time will tell once I can attached the wheels and test it out. While taking them apart, I noticed I was missing a tension rod screw at the base of the left side of the fork. Honestly, never knew there were compression screws at the bottom. Having no idea Idea when the screw was lost (most likely years ago) it dawned on me that perhaps the shocks were fine and only soft because of the missing screw. But, since I had a shiny new bag of elastomers sitting in front of me, in they went. As for the screw I bought several at the hardware store that looked like the one I still had. Fortunately, the first one I tried fit perfectly….Or at least appeared too. Again, have to wait until I take it for a spin…..
Next on the list is to remove the cassette from my old rear wheel and install the cog and spacers, set up the tensioner, and run the chain. The Chainring I installed was 34t and I’m planning on running a 16t cog. The SS mountain bike I had about six years ago started out as 32: 16, but on the flat streets of Philly would spin out very quickly. Then I went to a 42:16 which was great for city riding. Since I haven’t installed the cog yet I thought I would do some research to see what others are running. To my surprise, not many on the forums were running either 32:16 or 34:16. Most were running 32:18 or 33:17 and a lot running 20t and even 22t.
I started Googling my chosen ratio to see if I was retarded for even trying this setup and came across a bunch of sites for Bible verses……. I’m not religious, though I was raised Catholic; so just for shits and giggles, decided to see what the good book had to say about my chosen ratio. Here it is….
I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. -Ezekiel 34:16
Now forget about religion for a moment and read that in the context of cycling; or more accurately, the attitude of a Singlespeed mountain biker and you have yourself a Singlespeed bumper sticker.