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Old 05-19-11, 06:03 PM   #1
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Noisy Chain

Just getting started with me first fixed gear / single speed, so I am totally new to this and LOVE it. Did my first 50 miles and the excitement of cycling hit me like a deja vue :-)
My bike is an older 2007 Bianchi (almost new) which I am aware is by far not the best choice, but it does its job to get my feet wet.
The chain makes a horrible noise, it seems to be the stock chain (KFC) Truvani by SRAMM .....
I guess the solution to my problem is a new chain. What chain would you guys recommend and where can I get it ?

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Old 05-19-11, 06:58 PM   #2
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yea. if it's that old of a chain, i would just replace it. i got a KMC Kool chain. it's a nice, hefty chain and super smooth. and if you're riding a 4 yr old chain fixed, def replace it no doubt

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The chain makes a horrible noise, it seems to be the stock chain (KFC) Truvani by SRAMM .....

mmmm kfc
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Old 05-19-11, 08:36 PM   #3
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Clean the chain, in gasoline or any flammable liquid

Scrub

Place back on bike

Oil, with chain oil specific to your location. Dry for hot and dry climate, wet for cold and humid climate

Loosen the tension on chain
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Old 05-19-11, 10:49 PM   #4
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are you sure it's the chain?

http://www.jimlangley.net/wrench/keepitquiet.html
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it could also be wear on the cog or chainring. Its the less likely than the chain, and more expensive to fix. I would replace the chain and see if it would help. And after you replace the chain, make sure you dont keep your wheel set so far back that it stretches your chain, and prematurely wear it.
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The cheapest and fastest thing to try is to simply lube the chain.

Next would be to thoroughly clean then lube the chain.

Then replace the chain with a quality chain.

Then, if you still have noise, consider replacing the chainring and/or the cog.
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I was under the impression that some noise from the chain is healthy?
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Thank you guys for the help.
I found out the noise is coming from the rear sprocket it is a Shimano SS-7600, 16T
Is there an alternate manufact. which provides these sprockets ?
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Old 05-21-11, 02:34 PM   #9
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assuming the noise isn't unbearably loud what's the issue? it will never be silent.
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I hear my tires on the road over my chain. Which is weird because i have a 3/32nd rear with a 1/8 chain.
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Well, the noise is not unbearable, but louder then normal. The front sprocket is total silent and the rear sounds almost like it is fighting the chain
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Is your chain super tight.It should still have some play at its tightest spot.
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Glad you've solved the problem, as for the sprocket, yes, I just check with your LBS
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