my bike has both a 3/32 cog and chainwheel. I need a new chain and a friend has a unused and in-box 1/8 wippermann chain he is willing to give me.
I know the chain would be compatible, but are there any concerns with this set-up? my chainline isnt straight - I have a sugino rd crank with a surly cog. I believe the chainline is 45mm. Does this mean I'm more likely to throw the chain or create faster wear on the drivetrain?
Or will it just be a case of extra noise (which I dont mind)?
If there's any problem with using this chain on imperfect chainline, I'll just go buy a chain instead. But if it's all good, then I'll just take the free chain...
I'd suggest staying with a 3/32" chain for now- they're designed to accommodate a chainline that isn't straight, and they're easier to work on (especially if you have a power link or something similar). Save the gift chain for a rainy day or your next build.
My attempts with a 1/8 chain on 3/32 gear resulted in a noisy rig. I like silence I get on the 3/32 chains. Chains are cheap enough to get the right one. They are meant to be replaced fairly often after all.
Presto NJS build, Specialized Allez Pro w/ full Dura Ace and Ksyrium SLs, 1990something Specialized Sirrus
yeah the 3/32" chain will just be quieter. You will be fine w/ the 1/8" chain, it just may make some nosie w/ the imperfect chainline. If you don't care about the noise, just use the 1/8" chain. It won't hurt. I used 1/8" on 3/32" cog/chainring on my first build.