Adding gears to a single speed

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by cmahlig, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. cmahlig

    cmahlig New Member

    Ok, I have been wanting to add some gearing to my bike so Ive been doing a little research. In order to do this i have come up with a couple of things...

    1. buy a derailleur
    2. buy a cassette with freewheel
    3. buy some rear v brakes
    4. buy handlebar adjustments

    now if i get these, do i have everything to make my bike a 6,7,8 speed bicycle.
    do i need to modify the front sprocket at all?
    will i need a bigger rear axle?

    reason i am doing this is so i can get a sick bikes jackshaft
     

  2. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    Easier- just get an internally geared hub. Just that, cable and the brakes.

    Front brakes would help, but no need to touch the front hub.
     
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  3. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Your rear frame dropout might be too narrow to make this project successful. I had the same problem, so I just bought a 7-speed Raleigh bike with cruiser-type frame.
     
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking along the same lines as 5-7 heaven; converting your bike might be just as expensive (and much more hassle) than just getting another bike.
     
  5. cmahlig

    cmahlig New Member

    my problem is i cant find the bikes i really like with 6,7,8 speeds, or they are too expensive
     
  6. cmahlig

    cmahlig New Member

    frame dropout? what is that? is that the distance between the spots that the wheel clips to
     
  7. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

  8. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    If you use the internal hub, can you still use the sick jackshaft? I'm asking, because I don't know.
     
  9. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    Yes- seen it done on several bikes.
     
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