Chain Width Question
Like everybody, I'm building a single speed. I'm using a Formula flip/flop hub, ACS or Shimano BMX freewheel and a Sugino RD crankset. What width chain should I use, 1/8 or 3/32? Does it really matter?
if your cog or chainwheel are both 3/32", use a 3/32" chain, if either or both are 1/8", you have to use a 1/8" chain
the real question though is - isd 1/8 better than 3/32 - one recognized authority (SB) claims that the 3/32s are just as good and quieter, and possibly better designed, considering they have to absorb the "spread" of a 8, 9, or 10 speed hub. Goood points, but has anyone ever compared sidewall width and bearing strength of a good 3/32 vs. a good 1/8 chain?
Also - any direct experience?
jack of one or two trades
Nobody cares. Any difference in strength, bushing durability, etc. will vary more between manufacturers that between different sizes.
Originally Posted by wildbird
The occurrence of a decent chain snapping for no reason is ridiculously rare. Just buy a chain that fits and use it.
experience - nobody here rides bikes, so no.
Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
LF for the accentdeprived
Whichever you can get cheaper/closer/faster. If you're a weight weenie, get 3/32, if you like the beefy look, get 1/8. Availability of decent quality cheap chains could be a factor, too.
Both freewheel cog and chain ring are skinny, so it looks like 3/32!
Originally Posted by LóFarkas