Tandem Cycling - Chain recommendations
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Looking for chains for the new build and thought I'd ask what folks were using, liked and disliked.
How many rear cogs? 10 is a unique animal,ya know.
05-30-08, 09:54 AM
Our C'dale is a 9 speed set up. I 've been running Shimano XTR9 speed chain part #CN 7701 on both the timing and drive sides for the last 1500+ miles. So far so good. I like'em because they are light, have a clean look and I just carry a spare pin for emergency repair instead of a spare link..not a big deal..just different. The chains are a little costly but I kept and eye on ebay for the right opportunity to buy them. We are a 305 pound team and lean on our chains more than a little here in the mountains. I 'm a bit of a detail freak so I do maintainance cleaning on them religiously. I'm a happy camper at this point.
05-30-08, 12:35 PM
Me, I just look for 'good' 9 speed chains on sale and stock up. 3 single chains usually = 2 timing chains and they don't wear out nearly as fast as the drive chain does.
05-30-08, 12:55 PM
I used the KMC/Nashbar tandem/recumbent chain for the timing chain. It is like $17 at Nashbar, and is long enough for any size timing rings.
I am running a 9-spd cassette. So, I just use the XTR/DA 9-spd chain for the drive chain. They
are usually on sale somewhere.
I'm sorry, I forgot to mention, I'm running 10spd Campy.
The keyboard is mightier than the chain tool. In one sentence, you made all the above responses moot.
It does seem that prior to 10 speed, a chain was a chain. Ever since 10 speed arrived, it seems to me there have been more questions about which chain than ever before.
05-30-08, 10:03 PM
I use a Record 10 ultra narrow chain [timing and drive]. Although I have not had any issues, I only have about 1000 miles on them. I used a quick link [Superlink 4 I think] and that has not been a problem either. We ride in the Seattle area and mostly on level paths. We do live on steep hill [James in Kent, WA] so there is some load on it. We have a SRAM 11-28 cassette because of the Shimano freehub. All other drive components are Campy Record.
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