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...