How To Fix A Road Bike Wheel To Single Speed
If you’re working on converting your road bike, one step you will need to cover is how to fix a road bike wheel to single speed. You can accomplish this task yourself with no additional help—all you need is dexterity and the appropriate tools. Start by visiting a bike shop to collect all the items you will need for this job.
To fix a road bike wheel to single speed, you will need:
- Hex Key
- Bike Tool Set
- Remove the front shift system. Hold your road bike firmly so that it doesn’t fall down when removing each part of the front shift system. Remove the shifters and cables by simply unscrewing everything and twisting the barrel adjusters to loosen the cables. Make sure you do this carefully to avoid spoiling the paint on the handle bars. Do not pull the wires that are already connected to the derailleur. After this, you will work on the rear end of the road bike.
- Unscrew the derailleur. With the help of the hex key and bike tool set, gradually unscrew the derailleur. Try to find a comfortable position to do this; otherwise, your legs will tire in no time. Once you finish unscrewing the derailleur, do not remove the derailleur yet. Leave it there as you continue to the next step.
- Remove the chain. Try to set the derailleur in a vertical position so that you can easily take the chain off. After doing so, you can completely remove the derailleur with the shift and the wires. Even if you are changing to single speed, this system may come in handy in the future so store it somewhere you will remember.
- Reset the chain again. There are two options for this step: you can buy a new cog for the single speed conversion of your road bike or use the multi cog system from the original set. If you don’t want to remove the cog, place the chain on either the biggest or the smallest sprocket. You can also buy a new chain if the size no longer fits. Move the pedals to test if the chain is well placed and add lubrication for maintenance; it’s good to do lubricate your chain every so often.
- Replacing the wheel. If you want to further convert the road bike, you can also change the wheel. All you have to do is unscrew the terminals and insert the new wheel. Choosing the model will depend on your preferences and the territory where you will be riding.
- Adjustable tensioners. A tensioner is not a mandatory single speed road bike accessory, but adding one will work as a simple and safe replacement for the derailleur. This will help the single speed road bike maintain balance when riding downhill and help adjust the chain appropriately. Buy a tensioner if you feel it’s necessary, but your road bike is fine without one too.
After completing these steps, you now have a new single speed road bike. Go test it outside!