Yeah, I'm not a big fan of dangly derailleur lookin' thing-a-ma-bobs on my ss either. I did the same thing with my singlespeed road bike conversion. It was a little easier though since it has horizontal dropouts.Hophead----I didn't want any extra stuff hanging on my bike like tensioners------that's part of the appeal of SS to me----so I fiddled around with cog sizes and chain length. I ended up using a 1/2-link, but this, in combination with getting a nice straight chainline has worked out great. I've been on several long rides with no hint whatsoever of losing the chain.
They're out there. My Schwinn frankenbike was a dumpster rescue that one of my buddies grabbed up. Got a wheel set at a swap meet and a few other pieces parts here and there. I think I've got around $100 in it.I'd love to find an old roadbike with horizontal dropouts to convert to SS! I've been looking.
That is a White Industries eccentric hub. It allows you to convert a frame with vertical dropouts to singlespeed without need for a spring loaded chain tensioner. The chain is tensioned by rotating the elliptical axle ends in the dropouts.I'm curioius, what make/model is it and what makes that the holy grail? (not doubting, just need to be educated)
The only other real alternative to tension the chain on a bike with vertical dropouts is to run a chain tensioner like the one pictured below. Or as the OP did, experiment with various cogs, chainrings, and half links until you find a combination that removes most of the slack. There is no way to tension the chain using the second method.Thanks! I see those are around $140 online. How does that compare with the alternative?