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    new chain question

    I have a 92 Schwinn Paramount with a 7 speed drivetrane. My local shop doesn't have a 7 spd. chain. Can an 8 spd chain be used? Whats the difference?
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    I believe so. I have successfully used 8-speed chains (SRAM 800 series) on several vintage bikes with 6 and 7 speed freewheels (Suntour Winner Ultra). In fact, sometimes they are advertised as 6 - 8 speed chains. I have measured the 8 speed chains, and they have the same outer width as my old narrow 6 - 7 speed chains (Sedisport). Just make sure that you get a chain model that is meant for that brand / type cassette or freewheel. The plate contours can be different for chains meant for say Shimano Uniglide or Superglide or Suntour models.

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    6-7-8 speed chain is for most applications, the same animal.
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    Thans alot for the info!!
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