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    Coloured Chains

    What is a good company that makes coloured chains (I'm specifically looking for yellow)?

    I've visited LBS here asking for one, and the only place that had one the guy wouldn't recommend it to me because "it wasn't suitable for a fixed gear bike"... I think it was KMC chain

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    KMC is the most common colored chain available. it's suitable for fixed gears, but the guy didn't recommend it to you because it's ugly. yes it's ugly, get a black or silver chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmw5nkj View Post
    KMC is the most common colored chain available. it's suitable for fixed gears, but the guy didn't recommend it to you because it's ugly. yes it's ugly, get a black or silver chain.
    The OP didn't ask for your opinion.

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    plenty of people use the kmc chain. I don't know if there's chain out there that isn't suitable for fixed gear use... is it 1/8" (though i don't see why 3/32" would be too "weak" for fix use)

    buy it off the internet then, show them what for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by areacode312 View Post
    The OP didn't ask for your opinion.
    or anybody for yours?
    or mine

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    http://store.somafab.com/kmcchinco.html

    the soma store sells those kmc ones

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    I know where to get the chains, but just wondering if KMC was a reputable chain company or not...

    I'm also curious whether yellow chains turn black after a while of usage or would it stay yellow? If it gets dirty and black, then might as well stay away from coloured chains.

    ... and I have 3/32 chain, and not sure KMC chains come in that width

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    Quote Originally Posted by helloamerican View Post
    or anybody for yours?
    or mine
    Oh I'm interested in everyone's opinions. I would like to know if people think it's absolutely hideous to have coloured chain or not. My bike is dark teal frame with the rest of the bike black. The frame has yellow writing and I have yellow and black handlebar tape. I was thinking yellow chain would be a nice accent but maybe I would rather get yellow tires instead?
    Here's the pic:



    Honestly, I'm looking for people's opinions... That's the whole point of the forum, no?

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    KMC? pretty standard and everyone sells it, i cannot imagine why a shop would tell you its not good for a fixed gear, did you say fixed or track?

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    KMC's are only about 8 bucks...at least at my LBS. The guys at the shop said they were lower-end, but then again, how are you riding? I rode one for a year as a commuter and it was just fine.

    Now, unfortunately, you're gonna loose the color, since you DO NEED TO OIL IT. My white chain turned rather grey, then black over time...but at 8 bucks, if you want to keep the style going you can change it out for a new one often.

    Otherwise, just buy one, take your pictures and then be done with it.

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    Yellow tires and silver or black chain. Colored chains makes it look like a clown bike. Honestly, I would use black bar wrap too and not put any yellow on it. I would do all black, silver, and blue if it was mine. You could do blue tires if black doesn't do it for you.
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    Go to a motorcycle shop and get yourself some some of this:


    It goes on clear so you can keep looking at your pretty chain, no matter what color.

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    yellow chains for life!!! mine is a KMC got it off 8th inch a little more expensive than everywhere else but i got it with other stuff from them...

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    Your shoes should match your belt, and your chain should match your eyes. (Top tube pad should match your pubic hair).
    I'll eat it first.

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    ugh. colored chains make bikes look like cheap toys.
    my girl rode a white chain for awhile, then decided she wasn't eight and tossed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcirick View Post
    Oh I'm interested in everyone's opinions. I would like to know if people think it's absolutely hideous to have coloured chain or not. My bike is dark teal frame with the rest of the bike black. The frame has yellow writing and I have yellow and black handlebar tape. I was thinking yellow chain would be a nice accent but maybe I would rather get yellow tires instead?
    Here's the pic:



    Honestly, I'm looking for people's opinions... That's the whole point of the forum, no?
    Is your current chain bad? Your bike looks good as it is, minus the bar tape.

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    No the chain isn't bad at all.

    Thanks for all your comments. I'm gonna stay away from coloured chains. I should be happy with what I already have, but for some reason I never am. Stupid materialism...

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    I need pink. Do you think that will look cool on a green bike? I bet it would.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 504-ranger View Post
    yellow chains for life!!! mine is a KMC got it off 8th inch a little more expensive than everywhere else but i got it with other stuff from them...
    i think i've got the same wheelset on my schwinn. bikeisland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcirick View Post
    Oh I'm interested in everyone's opinions. I would like to know if people think it's absolutely hideous to have coloured chain or not. My bike is dark teal frame with the rest of the bike black. The frame has yellow writing and I have yellow and black handlebar tape. I was thinking yellow chain would be a nice accent but maybe I would rather get yellow tires instead?
    Here's the pic:



    Honestly, I'm looking for people's opinions... That's the whole point of the forum, no?
    Don't do it.

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    I feel like if you're gonna get a colored chain you may as well go all out and get the KMC rainbow.



    I like my silver chain just fine though. Works great.

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    colored chains are dorky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by areacode312 View Post
    The OP didn't ask for your opinion.
    Your contribution is definitely far superior.

    And now that the OP has formally requested opinions, I agree a yellow chain would look silly. Good call to avoid it.

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    get a gold chain

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    Gold chains ftw!

    Although only if it suits it.. Remember the colour wheel folks, like a calculator for designers!


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