Chain length for a single speed (46/19)
Hi, all -
I've been rebuilding and repairing a garbage-picked Huffy English 3-speed. Project bike. The rear hub is a Shimano, not the classic SA. It's been baptism by fire - learning how to do it as I go.
Right now, I'm working on the chain. My problem is trying to figure out the length chain I need. There wasn't a chain when I found the bike. I have a few spare 1/8" single speed chains (for, like, a BMX bike) that I've decided to use for this 3-speed. But each is about one-half link (or, I guess, one link) too short to fit on my 46/19 chainrings on this 3-speed. I have a master link, too, and some spare 1/8" link sections lying around.
I'm not sure if I should add a whole link to the chain I'm using, go out and buy a new chain, or slide the rear wheel forward in the dropouts to compensate for the half-link short. Will extra slack with a whole additional link be a huge problem? I'm not well-versed working on single-speed bikes, and don't want to bastardize a chain that may break one day by adding links to it.
Not exactly sure what other information you need to shed some light on this, so let me know if I can post more info about what I'm working with. Thanks in advance.