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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 08-10-08, 03:17 AM   #1
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Excessive slack in chain?

The chain ring on my wife's fixed gear is out of round. When I try to slow down I notice the time it takes for the chain to pick up tension in the other direction. The variance in the chain tension has now causes very high tension on one side and visable slack on the other. There is also some gear noise that I consider louder than normal. I finally tried turning the crank to the loosest point on the chainring, moved the wheel back as far as possible (the crank would barely rotate) and then loosend the chainring and tightened it again. That may have helped a little.

I took it to the best local bike shop and asked the guy to straighten the chainring. He wouldn't do it because he said they are all out of round. I am going to trust his advice for now, but I'm curious what signs I should look for in the future. I don't want my wife to get stuck 5 miles from home while I'm at work.
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Old 08-10-08, 03:24 AM   #2
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Is it a standard 5 bolt attachment?
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i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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Shimano Bio-Pace ring?
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I'm curious what signs I should look for in the future.
you could start by looking for a new chainring... (!?)
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i had the same problem and was going to ask what you all though. i just finished my fixed gear, and the rear wheel i noticed was slanted to the left. so i loosened the bolts, and tried to pull the wheel back further. however now i have (what i would consider) a fair amount of slack in the chain. is the chain supposed to be very tight? it's straight on the top and sags underneath
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1) Are they biopace?
2) If you don't know show us a picture
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do you have a 1/8" chain on a 3/32nd cog? ive noticed that sometimes exacerbates the out of round problem by giving the chain the ability to move in and out as well as up and down, creating a disconcerting rattling noise. a better chain ring would of course help, too.
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