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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-08-06, 03:00 AM   #1
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What's your recommended chain?

Man, chains seems to be getting really expensive today. What chains do you like that's good bang for the buck and lasts decently?
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Old 05-08-06, 03:45 AM   #2
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wipperman whitestar

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SRAM PC-1 has a good price/performance ratio...
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Old 05-08-06, 05:17 AM   #4
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+1 for the PC-1, although I like the KMC Z510HX more.
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Old 05-08-06, 07:01 AM   #5
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i'd say i'm getting a good bang for my buck with my Izumi V, because i get a top performing chain that stays that way for a really long time...

that said, i had really good luck with the kmc z510hx, swapping them out after 3 months.
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I like the KMC Kool but it's almost twice the price of the KMC Z510HX and I'm not sure what the benefit is besides looks. It's a really nice chain though super smooth.
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I've been running a KMC Kool chain for about two months now and it's still running strong, very little wear.

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Business cycles has the whitestar and the Z510hx for the same price. Ive used both and cant see a differnce. or you could go for the bling and get the Izumi V with its njs stamp
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I've been running a KMC Kool chain for about two months now and it's still running strong, very little wear.

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I love the KMC K710 Kool chain. I highly recommend it. I've ridden that model chain on various bikes for the past year or so. Not the lightest chain, but it's bulletproff. Designed for BMX street riding so it's trong and doesn't stretch much. Designed to handle the drama of grinding and such.

I can't imagine that skidding/skipping can be harder on a chain than a sprocket stall.

Great for SS, fixed-gear, and BMX.

edit: It also has "DropBuster" which keeps it from being dropped by the chainwheel or the cog. This is opposite of geared bike chains which are designed to grab on to lifters and change to a different cog when changing gears.
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anyone tried the SS rustbuster? I saw soo many rusty, funk-nasty bikes this winter I think I'm gonna try to order a few in my shop.
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anyone tried the SS rustbuster? I saw soo many rusty, funk-nasty bikes this winter I think I'm gonna try to order a few in my shop.
word on the street is that it's loud as hell. i ran the aforementioned z510hx through last winter and it only had tiny spots of rust here and there. i think they stretch out before any serious rusting can take place.

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anyone tried the SS rustbuster? I saw soo many rusty, funk-nasty bikes this winter I think I'm gonna try to order a few in my shop.
I have the rustbuster on a beach cruiser. The "air" in Houston, when the wind is from the south or east, is a mixture of salt breeze from the Gulf of Mexico, and toxic chemicals supplied by Exxon Mobile and British Petroleum (six of the ten worst polluters in North America are within fifty miles of Houston).

The "rustbuster" still looks like new and works like new after two years.

On my other bikes, I use the cheapest SRAM chains I can find. Many of my bikes are old, and have mix and match drivetrains differing brands of chainrings and cog sets. The SRAM chains shift well on all of those bikes, and are long wearing on my six, seven, and eight cog bikes. I have no experience with chains designed for nine cog and ten cog bikes.
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