Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: clipped in
Bikes: Pacific hardtail (frame only right now); Weyless SP (frame/fork right now); Jamis Dakar XLT 1.0 custom build-up (fully functional)
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I'm a pretty big guy, and as a result, I have a big bike (Jamis Dakar XLT, 21" frame); I've never been in a spot where I couldn't lock up with 40-48" of chain.
In other words, 3-1/2 or 4 feet of chain is good for most places; more is just dead weight.