Cannondale Single Speed Conversion

I may be several years late to the single speed mountain bike craze, but after biding my time and getting some really good deals on the components that I needed, it was time to build up my single speed bike.

As seen in the video, my first task with this was to strip off everything that wasn’t needed.  This included the shifter assemblies, as well as a lot of random accessories a former owner had added to the bike.  Besides this, it had a really cushy seat which seemed ripe for modification.  I cut the gel padding off of the seat, then sanded it down to reduce some of the “pips” that were sticking up.  It was then spray-painted with a bed liner material (this kind – Amazon).  Unfortunately, I didn’t let it dry for the recommended amount of time so it started to come off.  I’ll probably put another coat on when I get a chance and allow it to dry more thoroughly.

During this build, there were two items that I initially didn’t have: bar grips and a chain tensioner.  I’ll talk about my “custom” grips in another post, but per a coworker’s recommendation, the original rear derailleur was used as a tensioner instead of a purchased part.


After a quick ride around the neighborhood with my dog Evie, I was really pleased with the bike’s performance and simplicity.  Hills were obviously tough to get up, and I spend more time out of the saddle than I normally do.

single-speed-cannondaleIf you’re wondering, the stand I used in the video was this stand from Amazon.  Pretty heavy, but given the situation, it worked quite nicely.  Having not had one for years, it’s a lot easier having the proper tools to work on my bike with.


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