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Bikes: '80s Chimo Garbage fixed 36/14, Centurion fixed 42/17
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Also, your chain can explode. That's what happened to me.
Basically, the chain pulling to tightly puts additional stress (or is it strain?) on the cog, grinds the bearings, and roughs up the chain itself. It will eventually find a weak spot in the chain, and that link will rupture, if your bearings or cog teeth don't go first.