Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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If there's a hardware store in town, odds are they have a decent selection of springs for screen doors and similat applications. Put the tensioner together and try to imagine where and how you could attach an external spring, that goes to the chainstay. Then look for something suitable.
BTW- if your tensioner springs downward, find a piece of scrap, and use two hose clamps to hold it to the swingarm, extending beyond the pivot. Attach the spring to the extension, so that pulling it up, pushes the tension arm down.
Meanwhile, you might want to do some planning for a replacement. Figure our where you'll be in 3 days or so, locate, check that it has a post office, and order a replacement sent to you c/o the postmaster at that office
hold for pick up
c/o general delivery
friendly town, xx 12345
If you can get to a library, and use the internet you can also send to a hotel, or other business.
When I led tours we used a similar system to get emergency parts and never had a problem.
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