Join Date: Mar 2005
Bikes: Specialized AWOL, Soma Juice
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wipperman chain problems
So I have one of those trackstar chains on my juice(soma), and I'm running a salsa chainring up front with a woodman rear hub. I've only recently built it up and haven't ridden it much, maybe a handful of times. I've cleaned it twice taking the wheels off to be trued and wiping it down and all that. The first time I found like 7 dead links, so I dipped the chain, and lubed the crap out of it with pro-link. This second time I found two or three dead links. Another mechanic pointed out that the spacer/bushings in the chain appear to be too small (or else the inner plates are pushed too far outward) at those locations. He said he'd seen it before. I took some needlenose to the plates to try to pinch them in onto the spacer/bushings. It seemed to be an ok fix. It's just a regular salsa ring, unramped and unpinned, and the rear is a dx cog. The only thing I can figure is that, if the plate spacing actually was the problem, is because the 1/8 chain on 3/32 stuff.
Have you guys ever had a problem like this or heard of it? Maybe I just need to lube it up more? I don't know.