Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Oxford, UK or Mountain View, Ca
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Unfortunately, I already binned the remains of both chains. Since they were quite worn, as well as cracked it would be difficult to make a case for warranty. However, this is something to remember in case of future problems. The bikes each have a nice new PC-68 now.
Only thing I can think is that the less expensive chains do not hold up to lateral forces i.e. from imperfect chain-line, which will always present itself on a derailleur geared bike to some small extent even if one does not cross-chain. In this regard, your nice, simple singlespeed should be kind to chains. This is pure supposition though.
Cheers & Happy new year,
Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.