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    $87.00 for a chain?

    http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...WI0SI&ssn=5172

    I found this chain and its about $87.00 for a bicycle chain,is it worth it?At my hardware store I could buy 12 chains,why is this chain so expensive and what makes it different than a $7.50 chain.

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    Don't buy bicycle chains from a hardware store.
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    That bicycle chain does not belong in this forum.
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    it's a ten speed chain. read the description. if you want to snap it, put it on a fix. if it's for a SS then spend as much as you want. as long as you're happy. it's your money after all.
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    It's $87 because it's about half the weight of your chain and made from parts that wear out quickly so as to convince the idiot that spent $90 on a chain that they have ridden much more than they actually have.

    "wow, it only took me 3 months to stretch this one out. I must be riding a lot farther on my weekly 1.5hr ride. I wonder how far I'll ride with next years model. It's supposed to be lighter and cost more. I bet I'll ride so much more I wear it out in TWO months"
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    search hkk vertex silver/black on bencycles.

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    so true,
    ive paid anywhere from 60$ to 8$ for bike chains.
    ive broken plenty of expensive chains, never had any problems with the cheap ones.
    don't pay more than 25$ for a chain, i havent seen anything above that price that was wort it.

    Please don't buy a chain from a hardware store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fungis View Post
    if you want to snap it, put it on a fix.
    Complete and utter bull****. Do you fixed gear riders seriously think you're stressing a chain more than a bike with gears?

    The reason that chain is so expensive is because

    1) wipperman
    2) stainless
    3) 10-speed
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    Welcome to the world of bicycles. You can buy...
    3k front wheels
    8k frames
    1.3k brakes
    600 dollar saddles
    and yes 90 dollar chains.
    not banned anymore

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    You can buy 900 dollar saddles from Brooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fungis View Post
    it' if you want to snap it, put it on a fix.

    Wrong. Put it onto a mountain bike and sprint in the granny ring.

    I've done countless sprints on road and track on 3/32" and 5.9mm 10 speed ultra freakin light KMC chain which I paid a fair bit for and it never snapped. It shifted well, lasted well, looked good and weighed less than a fart. The only chain I have snapped is shimano chain, and that was XC racing. I have never snapped another chain unless it was in my hand with a tool.

    And you should see the price of their Ti chain. Overpriced by a little.

    Oh yeah, you are way less likely to snap a chain on a fixie. It is probably thhe safest in that respect.

    If they were weak under sprints, why do you almost never see a 'weak' chain snap in a tour bunch sprint. I would love to see footage though, if it exists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Complete and utter bull****. Do you fixed gear riders seriously think you're stressing a chain more than a bike with gears?

    The reason that chain is so expensive is because

    1) wipperman
    2) stainless
    3) 10-speed
    Does riding fixed gear (77 gear inches at the time if I remember right ... It was setup for 20 mph @85 rpm, I do know that) on a loaded tour count? 400 miles, 65 lbs the first 3 days & 45 lbs the last 2 days count as more stress than doing the same with gears? I had significant chain wear after that ride haha.

    It was fun, though I'm not sure I'll ever do it again, I thought I was going to die up some of the steep hills, and it felt like I was about to pull my feet off at my ankles too lol.

    I wouldn't pay $87 for the whipperman stainless ... I've read about way too many failures of that chain. I wouldn't even pay $10 for one of them.

    I'll stick with cheaper chains. Used everything from cheapish (haven't used dirt cheap chains, not worth the risk) to Campy Record and all have worked well

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    I got a Wippermann IG8 chain for $25, and it's insane overkill...but I got it for $25 because the box was all damaged. I also use $2 Pyramid chains and $6 KMC chains too. I'm confident I'm installing them correctly and I run a brake, so I'm not too worried about any chains breaking on me. I will admit it's a nightmare of mine, if I rode brakeless and broke a chain. An $87 chain sounds a bit crazy to me...I have a feeling you wouldn't notice much difference other than a slightly lighter bike and a lighter wallet.

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    1.3k brakes

    can anybode show me

    pretty please
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    What gets me is how I can spend $6,000 on a Calfee with Record and some Eurus wheels, or I could spend $6,000 on a Honda motorcycle. I know it's apples to oranges, but it's still amusing.

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    Hey, you can spend $200k on a house, or you can spend $200k on a Ferrari too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vandeda View Post
    Does riding fixed gear (77 gear inches at the time if I remember right ... It was setup for 20 mph @85 rpm, I do know that) on a loaded tour count? 400 miles, 65 lbs the first 3 days & 45 lbs the last 2 days count as more stress than doing the same with gears? I had significant chain wear after that ride haha.
    No. Apparently simple mechanics is beyond the grasp of most people here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jemather View Post
    You would think that for brakes that cost that much they could actually spell check their description

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Complete and utter bull****. Do you fixed gear riders seriously think you're stressing a chain more than a bike with gears?
    why yes, we do.

    my manly fixed gear is so cool and testosterone packed that I must use a 3/4" chain from backhoe or I snap them the minute I start doing my manly skids and skips.


    yeah, seriously tho in twenty five years of just ridiculous mountain bike/bmx/jump/skatepark bicycle abuse I never ever snapped a chain, even ones that I had SERIOUSLY neglected.

    until I used a lightweight road chain on a fixed hear bike, and did some skids.

    so yes, I'd say just from personal experience I think my fixie puts much more stress on the chain, ESPECIALLY since the stress is in BOTH forward & backward directions and is why I like 1/8" GOOD BMX or track chains: the BMX chains are JUST as strong as the track legal chains and half the price.

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    1345$ and they dont even come with the pads
    wow

    thanks jemather
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    Quote Originally Posted by carail View Post
    1345$ and they dont even come with the pads
    wow
    The pads are made from baby seals and spotted owl feathers, and they're $500 extra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcart1991 View Post
    The pads are made from baby seals and spotted owl feathers, and they're $500 extra.
    are those organic freerange baby seals?
    Quote Originally Posted by crushkilldstroy View Post
    And to the OP, go ahead and steal it. Just make sure you shove it up your ass afterwards. Yep. Just right on up in there. In your ass, that is. Shove that bike straight up your ass.

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    Man I thought someone would have posted this thing

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    can we just fill this thread with the most expensive parts you can possibly buy? this **** is so entertaining to me. a 400 dollar chain? people seriously buy that? id love to see the most expensive crankset money can buy.

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