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    do fixies need chain changes?

    Random question, do fixies need more or less maintenance on the chain? Do you even need to change the chain?
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    the best thing about riding a fix is that its unique frictionless and self cleaning drivetrain completely eliminate the need for proper installation, cleaning, lubing or replacing of the original chain!
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    and by that he means yes you do.
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    I don't know if chains wear out faster on a fixed, but you really want to change them before they fail. I threw mine on a down hill last summer and rode a skid for 60 feet when it jammed and locked the rear wheel. Only in hindsight did I realize I should have replaced that chain a while ago. I got lucky. If I haddn't managed to ride that skid, it woulda been my body leaving skid marks on the road.

    By contrast I've ridden many a freewheel chain into the ground without any kind of major mishap.

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    just replaced mine. if you're riding brakeless you def want to replace it once it starts stretching (rule of thumb is 12 links for 12 inches/1 foot) because throwing the chain sucksssss. In general you want to lube and clean it pretty frequently (I ride in new england in the winter and lube it up at least once a week).

    the drivetrain is the part of your bike that the proper maintenance of is a. required and b. can dramatically improve your ride (this and making sure the tires are properly inflated). The chain is probably the easiest thing to maintain on a bike (again, aside from pumping up the wheels) so clean that thing!

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    Fixie chains are all made of valuable metals that only break when exposed to really expensive perfume.
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    dear lord, yes. if you ride with a brake, not so much, but brakeless I'd say at least once every six months. with a brake, you lose your chain, big deal, you have a brake. break your chain while brakeless... not so little of a deal. learn to stop yourself using your feet against your front and rear wheels.

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    you comics, you.

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    Fixed gears don't need to change chains. Ever.
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    My fixer doesn't even use a chain that I've noticed? Wait... or was that my dog?

    Im confused... but one of either my fixed gear, or my dog doesn't have a chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EivlEvo View Post
    My fixer doesn't even use a chain that I've noticed? Wait... or was that my dog?

    Im confused... but one of either my fixed gear, or my dog doesn't have a chain.
    its definatley the fixie that doesnt have a chain. im sure of it.

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    yep just keep the chain line at a wierd angle, lube with elmers glue and sand, and you will never need to change that thing, it will never brake if you use breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meatball View Post
    dear lord, yes. if you ride with a brake, not so much, but brakeless I'd say at least once every six months. with a brake, you lose your chain, big deal, you have a brake. break your chain while brakeless... not so little of a deal. learn to stop yourself using your feet against your front and rear wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meatball View Post
    dear lord, yes. if you ride with a brake, not so much, but brakeless I'd say at least once every six months. with a brake, you lose your chain, big deal, you have a brake. break your chain while brakeless... not so little of a deal. learn to stop yourself using your feet against your front and rear wheels.

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    1) yes, they need to be maintainenced regularly. i try to clean mine weekly, twice a month at the very least.
    2) buy a chain stretch tool. this will eliminate the need for fancy calculations based on miles ridden, gear ratio, average speed and other voodoo related inaccuracies. since we don't shift, a stretched chain won't be as apparent as on a geared bike; this is a great way to measure how you're doing and prevent faster wear to the rest of your drivetrain.
    3) beefy chains shouldn't be underestimated. True story: my cheap chain wore in ~5 months of riding. on the same bike, my "overpriced" chain hasn't worn out in eight months (and counting). Granted, i bought two bikes since then, but i still ride it frequently enough to bother mentioning it.
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    dear lord, yes. if you ride with a brake, not so much, but brakeless I'd say at least once every six months..
    for realz??? holy crap. that means i have to throw away my $85 izumi now because its been 7 months...

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    beefy gaudy golden goodness!!

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    best gift ever given to me! (izumi chain)

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    nope, no maintenance required. I'm also lazy and would rather just replace a chain every 3-4 months

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    Actual information just for a change: given that the taut chain is simply not allowed to skip over the top of the cog teeth, you can get away with the lack of maintenance on a fixed and ride a chain a lot longer than on a geared bike without any trouble. It wears out the cog but then cog's aren't all that expensive.
    I think a chain+cog could last 30000 mi with regular lubing and no cleaning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
    1) yes, they need to be maintainenced regularly. i try to clean mine weekly, twice a month at the very least.
    2) buy a chain stretch tool. this will eliminate the need for fancy calculations based on miles ridden, gear ratio, average speed and other voodoo related inaccuracies. since we don't shift, a stretched chain won't be as apparent as on a geared bike; this is a great way to measure how you're doing and prevent faster wear to the rest of your drivetrain.
    3).

    cool....thanks.

    anyway any difference between this tool?

    http://www.parktool.com/products/det...=5&item=CC%2D2

    this one looks easier to use.

    cheers

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    Yeah, going by time is silly. It's not like they go stale or anything.
    Any decent chain should be able to last for several thousands of miles, especially if you're not locking your back wheel up as your only method of stopping. Get a ruler and check it - it's it's stretching, or is rife with frozen links, replace. Pretty easy.

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    Chains really should last practically forever on a single speed or fixed-gear bike. I've a chain that I pulled of a janky old ten-speed with probably 10,000 miles on it degreased and relubed, and I'm still using it today. I guess there's a possibility that a new chain might perform marginally better, but I doubt it's anything I'd notice.
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    That's the beauty of track ends. You just keep sliding the wheel back as the chain wears... instant tension! Just replace the chain when it gets to the ends of the dropouts.

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    I've never had any chain brake or fail on many bikes old and new. I thinks its another one of those ploys of scaring me into thinking bikes are really fragile. First the threads about stripping the thread from your hub, then this, seriously bikes are strong things, they don't spontaneously stuff up every time you overtighten or undertighten a screw.

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