I've been reading through the SS threads, and now i'm inspired to build my own.
I have an old 80's diamond back steel frame that I want to use as a SS beater bike. It has a semi-vertical dropout, and I figure that I can use that with a few spacers/shims or a slightly flattened rear axle (ala-sheldon brown) and I might be able to go without a tensioner
my main concern is the availability of half-links. Maybe I'll be lucky enough and not need them, but I just in case, are they available now in any Metro Manila LBS?
my dropouts look similar to these. photo from sheldonbrown.com
to get the perfect fit, you can also use slightly elongated chains as well. as long as you have steel cogs and chainring you won't damage the teeth easily. go to your local shop and ask for their old chains. it should work well as long as the chains aren't too "stretched".
thanks for the heads up, king. i'm also considering other alternatives, and a DIY tensioner is one of the options i'm looking at. since the beater bike will mostly be a commuter, i might even use a "ghost" chainring, just because it looks funky.
don't know if this kind of half link you are looking for, but i use this on my SS street bike. and it works just fine without the tensioner. I'ts a BMX half lik made by YBN. not sure if will work on other chainstay length. if you want one, i have them on stock @ my shop in caloocan. YBN Mack BMX
yeah, the end caps or end of the axle that goes into the drop out slots... the trick is making sure you file both sides of the drop out on an even plane. It's not as critical on a rim brake SS but very critical on a disc brake bike...
stealthwanderer: Ayan yung matagal ko na gusto itanong: 1 Hour ride, mabasa ng ulan o' mabasa ng pawis sa loob ng kapote. Baka kasi ako lang nageenjoy sa ulan kasi may paliguan pagdating sa trabaho, hahah.
Aug 9, 2019 11:35:30 GMT 8
anthrax76: sa ngayon, mag jacket lang ako kapag umuulan at mahangin. kasi masakit sa balat ang matulin na ulan tsaka malakas makababa ng core temperature ang wind chill.
Aug 10, 2019 22:17:32 GMT 8
anthrax76: pero kung normal na ulan, 'di naman mahangin, hanggang mabasa na lang ako ng ulan okey lang. although i minimize kung gano katagal ako exposed. anything more than an hour, medyo delikado.
Aug 10, 2019 22:21:04 GMT 8
konablack: gamit ko two-piece raincoat, dehins lang sya ideal kung may backpack ka
Aug 13, 2019 7:39:14 GMT 8
oniechan: altered poncho..dahil ng backpack..bawas ng haba sa likod at sa side..mas malamig compared sa 2-pc na raincoat....
Aug 13, 2019 11:27:45 GMT 8
anthrax76: yung poncho, ginagamit ko lang sa climb or kapag naglalakad. feeling ko saranggola ako kapag naka bike eh, ha ha.
Aug 15, 2019 23:44:25 GMT 8
anthrax76: ang weird kagabi, padyak ako pero kahit may headwind at crosswind, swabe lang. parang tailwind yung pakiramdam.
Aug 24, 2019 4:32:23 GMT 8
lefty: Na experience nyo na sir yung pagbaba mo ng mabilis sa tulay biglang may malakas na crosswind tapos umangat yung front wheel? Nangyari na sa kin once pagbaba ko ng Southpeak. Mga March yun last year, mahangin talaga around that time last year.
Aug 24, 2019 8:50:45 GMT 8
lefty: Umangat ng konti na parang tinulak ng konti pa-side. Buti na control ko at di ako sumemplang. Nangyayari ba talaga ito normally? First time ko naka-experience nun.
Aug 24, 2019 8:56:30 GMT 8
anthrax76: hmm...never pa naman umangat yung harap na gulong ko. i get pushed downwind pero never pa umangat.
Aug 24, 2019 21:10:36 GMT 8
corollafreak: wassup!!! long time no hear dito =D
Aug 27, 2019 15:06:23 GMT 8
stealthwanderer: Hello! Meron bang pumapasok around Greenhills? If so, saan kayo nagpapark ng bike?
Aug 27, 2019 17:54:27 GMT 8
anthrax76: @cf!!! uy kumusta na?
Aug 28, 2019 0:01:25 GMT 8
anthrax76: stealthwanderer, dati may parking ang bikes dun from firefly brigade, sa parking sa harap. pero ginawa na yata yun so dehins ko alam kung saan nalipat. try ko magtanong minsan kapag napasyal ako.
Aug 28, 2019 0:02:48 GMT 8
konablack: wala na yung parking spot ng firefly brigade doon
Sept 4, 2019 9:26:36 GMT 8