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Old 04-10-11, 09:10 PM   #1
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chain for 5 speed rear freewheel

Probably a pretty easy question here.

I need a couple of chains for a couple of old road bikes im working on. Both are standard 10 speeds with 5 gears in the rear and friction shifters.

Would i be ok running a Sram 870 or 850 chain? They are listed as a 6/7/8 speed chain. I cant find much for 5 speed chains......only single speed and the 6/7/8
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All derailer chains are the same width on the inside of the plates, or very close to it. A standard 6/7/8 speed chain will work fine.
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A standard 6/7/8 speed chain will work fine.
Yep. Just don't use 9 or 10 speed chain. More wear, and it might not play well with the possibly wider teeth of an old 5 speed freewheel.
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All derailer chains are the same width on the inside of the plates, or very close to it. A standard 6/7/8 speed chain will work fine.
for the OP, the basic theme a 3/ 32 bushing less chain will do , the 5,6,7,8.

But 9 starts thinning down internal spacing, thinner roller and pins,
to add a cog without widening the cluster..
ditto and more so with 10 and 11, still a 130 wide axle , after all..
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You'll LOVE the Sram! )
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check your local shop for KMC chains. a place close to me sells a nice chain for only 9 pounds, for an extra few quid you can get a sexxy silver one.
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ive got a sram 890 on my bianchi 12 speed and love it


Thanks for the info.
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