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Old 10-05-07, 06:18 PM   #1
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Does the 3/32 half link exist?

I changed the cog on my Paddy wagon to a 15t and I'm now in the situation where the rear axle is right at the end of the track-end. If I take out a whole link, the axle is right at the front of the track-end, requiring a chain break to change a flat.

I went to three different bike shops looking for a half-link. I got three different answers; first shop said he had them, but they were out of stock till next week. Second shop had no idea what I was talking about, third shop said they only existed in 1/8 chains.

So whats the deal? Do they exist or not?
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Old 10-05-07, 06:22 PM   #2
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like this?
http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?ID=1274
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Old 10-05-07, 06:24 PM   #3
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Yes. Take any and all tech advice from your LBS's with a grain of salt until you figure out who you can trust.
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Old 10-05-07, 06:33 PM   #4
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Yay! Thats the one. I'm gonna wait till next week and go to the first shop I went to and get me one. The way the bike is now, with the wheel all the way back, really changes the way it rides. Its more "truck like" right now...I like a little more "sports-car" in my bikes.
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If I take out a whole link, the axle is right at the front of the track-end, requiring a chain break to change a flat.
Shouldn't one less link only move the axle forward 1/2 an inch?
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Old 10-05-07, 06:40 PM   #6
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They must be a awfully short trackends......not much room for adjustment...
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They must be a awfully short trackends......not much room for adjustment...

They are really short. Unless I'm doing it wrong, thats a distinct possibilty, this being my first bike with track ends and first cog changing experience.
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Yes. Take any and all tech advice from your LBS's with a grain of salt until you figure out who you can trust.
You can say that again, especially when asking about things relating to fg/ss. The first and last time I asked for a half link, the lbs guy told me they only make them for 1/8" chains. Then he went to look and came back with a 1/8" half link and told me he was wrong, they are only made for 3/32" chains...wtf.

This is the same guy, who when I asked for a 1/8" BMX chain for my track bike, came back at me with, "those don't work with 3-speeds", and then refused to sell me the chain.
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You could've answered this question yourself in 0.5s.

http://www.google.com/search?client=...utf-8&oe=utf-8
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Old 10-05-07, 07:08 PM   #10
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You shouldn't apologize. Your question is legitimate and totally appropriate for this forum. There are unreasonable people on here who illogically always seem to have a problem whenever a reasonable and legitimate thread is created.
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You shouldn't apologize. Your question is legitimate and totally appropriate for this forum. There are unreasonable people on here who illogically always seem to have a problem whenever a reasonable and legitimate thread is created.
The only thing worse than being an unreasonable person is being wrong. You, are wrong about everything except the apologizing. There are hardly any questions which can't be answered by a search or online resources.

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out of curiosity, even with the wheel all the way forward in the track ends, are you sure that you cant just rotate the cranks forward and push the chain off at the same time? i ride mine all the way forward into the track ends and still am able to drop the chain when i try.
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out of curiosity, even with the wheel all the way forward in the track ends, are you sure that you cant just rotate the cranks forward and push the chain off at the same time? i ride mine all the way forward into the track ends and still am able to drop the chain when i try.
I dunno, I'll have to give that a try. Still, I'd kinda like to have that half-link in there. I run a rear brake and I'd rather have the axle in the proper place for that to work properly.
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out of curiosity, even with the wheel all the way forward in the track ends, are you sure that you cant just rotate the cranks forward and push the chain off at the same time? i ride mine all the way forward into the track ends and still am able to drop the chain when i try.
I was going to suggest that, I have always been able to do that even on the tightest of magic gear setups.
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Yeah. Less talk on bike forums about useful information, please.
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And is BF not an online resource?
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go to pricepoint. they cost a buck and a half.
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Since the search function considers 3/32" to be too short a "word" to search for, I thought I'd ask here if a singlespeed-specific 3/32 chain (yea, what's that?) really gives some improvement over a regular 9-speed chain?

What I'm talking about is this product, which I haven't seen for sale at any other fixed-gear-specific shops, so maybe I'm falling for the marketing in the description that says it's less floppy (which sounds good to me) than chains made for derailleurs:

http://www.bikemannetwork.com/biking/p/SSCHS/CH4201

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Do the KMC half links only come in black? I'm after silver. My bike isn't going to explode, but since I have a silver chain a silver half link would be nice. Ben's & Harris and others seem to only have them in black. It doesn't have to be a KMC half link, but I need it to be 3/32".
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Since the search function considers 3/32" to be too short a "word" to search for, I thought I'd ask here if a singlespeed-specific 3/32 chain (yea, what's that?) really gives some improvement over a regular 9-speed chain?

What I'm talking about is this product, which I haven't seen for sale at any other fixed-gear-specific shops, so maybe I'm falling for the marketing in the description that says it's less floppy (which sounds good to me) than chains made for derailleurs:

http://www.bikemannetwork.com/biking/p/SSCHS/CH4201
Because it was meant to take sideloads from shifting makes it better, not worse. If you're going to run a regular road chain try 7/8 speed chains. 9/10 will work but they wear faster and are more expensive for a fixed/ss setup.
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out of curiosity, even with the wheel all the way forward in the track ends, are you sure that you cant just rotate the cranks forward and push the chain off at the same time? i ride mine all the way forward into the track ends and still am able to drop the chain when i try.
plus, with a flat shouldn't you be able to push your wheel a little bit more forward getting a little more/enough slack to pull the chain off?
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One more try before just asking this in the Gran Compe tire thread...Does anyone know if a 3/32" half link exists in SILVER?

I have only found them in black.
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