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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 07-02-04, 06:23 AM   #1
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chain width

Is it better to go with a 1/8 or 3/32 chain? The only singlespeed specific chain I've found is the sram pc-1. It's 1/8 but it seems most freewheels and cogs are 3/32. Where is a good place to get freewheels and cogs as well? Thanks.
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Old 07-02-04, 06:30 AM   #2
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You can use a 1/8" chain with 3/32" chainwheels, freewheels and cogs. I do it all the time. You just can't do the reverse. As far as chains go, KMC makes a good line of SS chains. I prefer the 410 Rustbuster version. Good price, does the job and stays rust free for the mud and stream crossings on my MTB.

For all of your SS needs, Webcyclery.com is a good source. Also, Speedgoat.com and AEBike.com are good.
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you CAN use an 1/8th chain on a 3/32nd drivetrain, but come on people...you CAN..but SHOULD you?

i dont think so.
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you CAN use an 1/8th chain on a 3/32nd drivetrain, but come on people...you CAN..but SHOULD you?

i dont think so.
There's no reason not to. I've been doing it on 4 bikes, both single and fixed, for many years without any problems. Gives me flexibility to run either 3/32 or 1/8 components.
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Old 07-02-04, 07:00 PM   #5
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3/16 chain is always nice too

i saw a courier in boston the other day with the big thick chain, it looked kinda cool, and you really wouldnt have to worry about it breaking either
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Old 07-02-04, 07:16 PM   #6
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I run 1/8 on all my bikes, and haven't had any problems. I think all except one of my chainrings are 3/32 and all of my track cogs are 1/8. If it wasn't for the versitility of 1/8 chains I would need to get all new chainrings. I even last week transformed my chainwhip into a 1/8 version by replacing the stock chain with a scrap I had lying around. Now I can tighten my cogs without going using an old piece of chain, like I was doing before. I would agree with riderx about the rustbuster chain, although it just looks like the links were sprayed with rustoleum (sp).

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P.S. I got a 3/16 chain the otherday, looks kick @ss still haven't put int into play though.
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I like the 1/8" stuff... But track chains are better, thicker and uh... solider... I just got one of the same chains that Goatmeal did, and had to take a file to my chain tool to be able to put it together without a master link. Used the leftover chain as a bracelet using the master link to keep it together...

I also had a lower end cog that got completely worn out by putting the really thick chain on it - wore out in about 3 months to where you look at it and the teeth are totally swept in one direction...

Oh, and lose the freewheel - fixed is the only way to be.
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