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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 05-26-11, 05:12 PM   #1
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noises coming from my chain

hey, so i just switched over to a fixed gear a few days ago, and sometimes when I am riding, there is a bunch of noise coming from my chain. it sounds like the gears are changing, even though there arent any. when i get off and look at it it doesnt seem like anything is wrong, the chain tension looks fine and the chain isnt falling off or anything like that. Before when i was riding it single gear i did not have any problems with the chain making noise and i had the same setup, just with a freewheel and not a fixed cog. I think it might be because my front chainring is 3/32 while my chain is 1/8 inch. Or does the chain length and tension on a fixed gear differ from that you would use on a single gear? any help or ideas would be nice. thanks
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Have you tried lubing the chain to see if it is dry?
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My immediate guess is that your chain is too tight and/or dry.
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okay, i will try lubing my chain and see if that makes a difference. and so i'm guessing the chain tension doesnt change from single to fixed?
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ghost gears, is it a conversion?




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it is a conversion. but with new cogs
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Maybe bad chainline.
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my chain squawks so bad when it gets to dry.

Wow, that sounds raunchy
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Prolly too tight...
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Maybe bad chainline.
Maybe this too. Often times a freewheel will produce a slightly different chainline than a fixed cog. A couple/few millimeters shouldn't make noise though.
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