Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    My Bikes
    vintage Raleigh
    Posts
    654
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Not just another chain tensioner question?

    Well . . . kinda. Anyway, I am looking for the best suited chain tensioner for my single speed road bike that will let me use two gears (one for flats and the other for hills) on my rear cassette. I am riding a conversion and don't have the funds for a flip/flop wheel. The rear cogs I am using have a two tooth (wow, say that fast ten times) difference, so I guess the chain tensioner I need has to be able to adjust for that. I am currently using a derailluer (no cable) with a longer adjusting screw to align between the two gears. I currently have the two gears spaced out on the cassette where they both align just inside and outside of the front ring. Do you think that with a standard chain tensioner I will drop the chain with this kind of setup? Perhaps the Paul Components Melvin will work? Thanks all.

  2. #2
    Utilitarian Boy Gyeswho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Bronx, NY
    My Bikes
    Check the sig to find out
    Posts
    3,235
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    really i think you should just pick one gear you like and go for that only. i hear those chain tensioners really aren't that great so just save up for the wheel in the mean time

    * go for the one with the better chainline

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    58
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    are their any chain tensioners for vertical dropouts?

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    3,691
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bfloyd
    Well . . . kinda. Anyway, I am looking for the best suited chain tensioner for my single speed road bike that will let me use two gears (one for flats and the other for hills) on my rear cassette. I am riding a conversion and don't have the funds for a flip/flop wheel. The rear cogs I am using have a two tooth (wow, say that fast ten times) difference, so I guess the chain tensioner I need has to be able to adjust for that. I am currently using a derailluer (no cable) with a longer adjusting screw to align between the two gears. I currently have the two gears spaced out on the cassette where they both align just inside and outside of the front ring. Do you think that with a standard chain tensioner I will drop the chain with this kind of setup? Perhaps the Paul Components Melvin will work? Thanks all.
    Chuck the chain tensioner. White Industries has an Eno Eccentric hub that will allow you to run a fixed gear setup with vertical dropouts. So why bother with a kludgy chain tensioner? Besides the bike looks nicer without one.
    Last edited by NormanF; 06-28-07 at 04:40 PM.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Sacramento
    Posts
    1,015
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    One option is to use a ratio that will not change your wheel position.

    I have a dos eno freewheel that has 2 speeds 16/19. In the front I have a 45T and a 42T chainring. The chain length on the 16/45 and the 19/42 is the same. I can switch back and fourth between the two and I the position in the dropouts is the same and I don't have to fiddle with the brake pad position. An added bonus is that both chainlines are nearly perfect.

    Granted I have horizontal dropouts so it is less of a problem if it is not perfect, but it also gives me a really good range of gears,.... something for the flats and something for the hills.

    In this way, which is especially easy with a cassette conversion, your chain tensioner can remain fixed and still work perfectly.

  6. #6
    hello roadfix's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Los Angeles
    My Bikes
    thank you for asking
    Posts
    18,502
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Sergio yeah
    are their any chain tensioners for vertical dropouts?
    They're not talking about chain tugs.

Posting Permissions

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