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  1. #1
    Lord Zebra
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    Jun 2008
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    Tightening the Chain

    Hi. I am looking for information about something I read about called a "chain tensioner". The chain on my 3+ year old bike is loose and keeps slipping off. Dangerous! Apparently a tool called a chain tensioner can simply fix this problem without taking the thing to a mechanic. I want to learn how to do this but a search for chain tensioners returned dozens of different looking tools, and I don't just want to buy one and hope it's the right kind. Any suggestions as to my next step?

    Thanks in advance
    My rig is an Electra Hawaii 3-speed, bought new in 2005.
    Please be gentle with me as I am a complete amateur.

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    Bikaholic blamp28's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    Western, Michigan
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    Trek Fuel 90, Giant OCR, Rans Screamer Tandem
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    What kind of bike? A Chain tensioner is used normally on a multi-speed bike that has been converted to a single speed. If your bike is a multi speed and you have the problems you have described, you may need a new chain and freewheel or cassete (rear wheel gears) and or a chain-ring or two (front gears). This work can be done by the home mechanic. If you want to learn, check out Sheldon Brown and Park Tools.
    Trek Fuel XC MTB, Giant OCR Road Bike, Rans Screamer - Tandem

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