Polly (the single speed Paragon) had two tweaks since the last post.
First, I adjusted the chainline using Sheldon Brown's (may he RIP) excellent article.
Pretty easy using the spacers included with the Forte single speed kit. The whole thing runs a lot quieter now that I adjusted for nearly 6mm of offset that my "eyeball" method had come up with.
The second tweak was to get a more stable right front fender mount than zip ties. Here was effort #1:
The Rock Shock SID Race XC fork does not come with fender mounts. But if you are willing to possibly scratch your $500+ suspension fork, a hose clamp works fine. I bent the loopy part of the fender mount to match the fork angle, cut a bit of old latex tubing and fastened it all together like this:
Now that is FRED!
Oh yeah, total cost of new stuff needed to convert this bike to a single speed commuter:
Single Speed Tensioner/Cog Kit: $21
Tires: 2x$8 ($16)
Hose Clamp: $2.25
Misc Screws: $1.89