Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Lincoln, CA Mojo Slim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Lincoln, CA
    My Bikes
    94 Giant ATX 760, 2001 Biachi Eros, 2005 Giant OCR2 Composite +
    Posts
    2,229
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    How can you lose your chain?

    So, 7 of us are barrelling down a nice hill we often ride. As is our tradition, the first one down stops at the bottom at a turn out and makes sure everyone gets down safely. Fred pulls over and we all pass by as he waves to us.

    We don't see him again.

    I get a call on my cell. It's Fred. Bad connection and a car goes by, but I think he says, "I lost my chain. It's not on my bike!"

    We head back to where we last saw him, waving to us as we pass at 25 mph. He has apparently headed back up the hill looking for his chain. But lo, I see it in the road, not 100 ft from his original spot. We call him and he coasts back down to us.

    Apparently, the Quik-link on his chain broke and the chain slipped out, quietly, just before he stopped. When we all passed him, he tried to pull in behind us, but without a chain, he found it difficult. We were going to fast to hear his frantic cries.

    He was lucky the chain didn't get caught up in his wheel. It would have been ugly. ALL of us had extra Quik-links with us, and we were soon on our way. But we will not let Fred forget this. It was Karma because he made us pound up a bunch of hills today.
    Truth is stranger than reality.
    '96 Giant ATX 760 MTB
    '01 Bianchi Eros
    '05 Giant OCR Llimited Carbon Fiber + upgrades

  2. #2
    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
    My Bikes
    Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
    Posts
    19,915
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There are better ways of knobbling a fast riders bike that do not get noticed. Just face it- when you lose a chain- you do notice it but a bit of brake rub or 60psi in the tyres just slows him down to your pace.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


    Spike Milligan

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Middle of the road, NJ
    Posts
    2,208
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Is his name really Fred?
    Every time I've lost a chain, I felt it happen, and heard it as it exited the bike. His chain must be very well oiled.

  4. #4
    www.ocrebels.com Rick@OCRR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    GT Edge Titanium, Mercian Vincitore, Masi Gran Criterium, GT Zaskar, Hercules 3-Speed, KHS Flight Team
    Posts
    5,423
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    Every time I've lost a chain, I felt it happen, and heard it as it exited the bike. His chain must be very well oiled.
    I agree, and I'm having a difficult time understanding how this could happen. I've broken several chains, but never actally "lost" one. And each time a chain failed on me, it was under tension, so I knew it the second it happened.

    The OP implies (but doesn't state) that the Quicklink may have faileld while coasting (he says "barrelling") so I suppose it's possible that the link came apart when the chain went from tension to slack . . . but the OP says the Quicklink "broke" (different from it coming apart, as it would if it were being removed on purpose).

    Was this a SRAM Quicklink, or Wippermann, or some other brand? If possible, Mojo Slim, please advise exactly what failed about the link. I use these links (mostly Wippermann) on several of my bikes, so this is scary stuff!

    Rick / OCRR

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    No Va but ride also in So Md
    My Bikes
    Cervelo SLC-SL, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX
    Posts
    8,887
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I never use quick links. I install a chain and don't take it apart until it's time to replace. Cleaning is easy with citrus cleaner and a rag.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

  6. #6
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,357
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I had a problem two years ago. I'd been experimenting with lubes and I found one that was too slippery. Lost 3 QLs in as many rides. I quit using that lube, and haven't lost another one since. Go figure. At least I always knew when I lost my chain, so I didn't have to go searching for it.

  7. #7
    Council of the Elders billydonn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    My Bikes
    1990 Schwinn Crosscut, 5 Lemonds
    Posts
    3,761
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Feeble excuse... It's not the chain, it's the engine!

    There is a time to resign oneself
    to old age and infirmity. You first.
    My Cycling Blogspot

  8. #8
    Senior Member ollo_ollo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Stayton, OR
    My Bikes
    Still have a few left!
    Posts
    3,478
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Happened to me once with a brand new Sram chain. Definitely knew right away & I don't see how you could lose a chain & not know it. My QL came loose when I coasted around a corner downtown & couldn't find the piece but I was only a block from my favorite LBS & they had me going again in no time. I always carry extra links now but its never happened again. Don
    visit my homebuilding blog: www.monoplanar.blogspot.com

  9. #9
    Lincoln, CA Mojo Slim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Lincoln, CA
    My Bikes
    94 Giant ATX 760, 2001 Biachi Eros, 2005 Giant OCR2 Composite +
    Posts
    2,229
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Update: I asked Fred (yes, that's his real name) what brand he uses. KMC chain and quik-link and a very light grade of oil.
    Truth is stranger than reality.
    '96 Giant ATX 760 MTB
    '01 Bianchi Eros
    '05 Giant OCR Llimited Carbon Fiber + upgrades

  10. #10
    Senior Member NOS88's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    6,470
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    Feeble excuse... It's not the chain, it's the engine!
    That's just what I was thinking. 15 or so years ago we held our last BBB ride (bicycling, beer & bar-b-q). This is an event that my wife and I held for neighbors and friends. We mapped out three routes ranging from 20 to 100 miles all ending back at our home for the beer and bar-b-q portion of the event. During this last event, a female neighbor got caught by her husband deliberately slicing her rear tire's sidewall with a small pocket knife.... so, the sag wagon would have to come and pick her up.
    A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
    Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831

  11. #11
    Lincoln, CA Mojo Slim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Lincoln, CA
    My Bikes
    94 Giant ATX 760, 2001 Biachi Eros, 2005 Giant OCR2 Composite +
    Posts
    2,229
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Here's a little post script, not worthy of a new thread, but you may find it interesting or helpful.

    While riding today, B3 (the third "Bob" in our group) broke his chain. It didn't completely come off. The pin on just came out enough to let one side of a link come out and get bent. Here's the interesting (at least to me) part: We fixed his 9-speed DA chain with a 10-speed Quik-Link. He rode home 30 miles on it.
    Truth is stranger than reality.
    '96 Giant ATX 760 MTB
    '01 Bianchi Eros
    '05 Giant OCR Llimited Carbon Fiber + upgrades

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    1,132
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    && if his bike had only rear coaster brakes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  13. #13
    Senior Member TromboneAl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Far, Far Northern California
    My Bikes
    1997 Specialized M2Pro
    Posts
    2,867
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Next time this happens, reassemble the chain, put it back on the road, and then call out "Hey, Fred, here it is! -- Hey, that's weird..."
    My Book: Drive, Ride, Repeat: The Mostly-True Account of a Cross-Country Car and Bicycle Adventure

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    4,866
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Slim View Post
    Here's a little post script, not worthy of a new thread, but you may find it interesting or helpful.

    While riding today, B3 (the third "Bob" in our group) broke his chain. It didn't completely come off. The pin on just came out enough to let one side of a link come out and get bent. Here's the interesting (at least to me) part: We fixed his 9-speed DA chain with a 10-speed Quik-Link. He rode home 30 miles on it.
    Hmmm, I'm not surprised. Sheldon often mentioned how many bike components worked quite well together regardless of manufacturers claims. To quote Elmer Fudd: " thew's something awfwy scwewy going on awound hew".

  15. #15
    feros ferio John E's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
    My Bikes
    1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
    Posts
    15,269
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use SRAM chains exclusively, but I assemble them with my rivet press, without the master link. I do carry a master link for emergencies, but I have never broken a chain. I do not remove the chain for cleaning, and I do replace it before it hits Sheldon's magic 1/2% elongation. I have heard of several instances of broken 9-speed and 10-speed Shimano chains -- there was a reason old-school chain rivets were designed to protrude slightly through the sides of the outer links.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
    Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
    Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
    Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
    Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •