I bought a three-speed earlier this summer for fifteen bucks.
The hub and shifter worked, but the hub was laced into a rim that was literally corroding away, the rust falling off in big flakes as the metal disintegrated.
So I decided to save the frame and ditch the wheels in favor of turning it into something else.
And that's when a rusty-wheel three-speed became a coaster-brake singlespeed.
I swapped in a pair of 26"/559 wheels, including a rear wheel set up with a coaster brake.
A friend is giving me a front brake and lever for it.
At this point, there's still a slippy three-piece cottered crankarm that either needs a new cotter pin (I hope!), or a whole new spindle and everything.
If I can't fix this with a new cotter pin, I'll need to decide wheter it's worth investing in a whole new bottom bracket. Because cottered bottom brackets are hard to find in good shape.
Today I scored a FREE, large-sized front cargo rack from my local Buy Nothing network.
It's not fancy but it looks like it could handle a small bag of groceries.
And if I fix the bottom bracket problem and install this rack, I am not going to do the sensible thing and sell this.
I cannot resist singlespeeds.