What’s your budget for gears? Reckon you could 10 speed clutch (or bodge shimano 10spd clutch/SRAM 9 spd shifter) for sub £50 if you’re shrewd.
Get clutch 10 speed somewhere. Durable, cheap and modern enough you won't struggle to find decent parts.
Or microshift advent if you can get it somewhere, is pretty good
Slot with derailleur drop out mount?
Yep! It's upthread
I'm going to try a dinglespeed setup instead of derailleur
^ didn't do this, as i've been trying to cut spending down significantly.
Ended up in a bit of a huff with the bike overall and it now lives in Northumberland at my parents. Like any strained relationship, some time apart has helped a lot and I'm now excited about it once again.
The ssmtb thread has me convinced that I need to try faster, less gnarly tyres combined with a rigid fork on this, a la:
but also, since I'm being so pigheaded about keeping it single-speed, it needs spds for me to be able to really wrench it about uphill. I'm a scaredy-cat on a bike so anything downhill where I'd really feel the benefit of taking my feet off pedals or moving them around too much I simply won't ride, for now at least.
I sold the carbon fork I had on the surly, which was designed for a 26" mtb.
It's still in Manchester and hasn't surfaced on any of the guy's bikes so am currently looking into grabbing that back.
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