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    My Windsor Hour's chain line is off by at least 3 mm and...

    it's making a funky noise. The chain's off to one side of the cog, and I can tell that the teeth are striking it by the "ratcheting" sound. The crank has a 46-47 chain line whereas the cog's is ~43.

    I did a search and am currently researching what to do, but I was wondering if anybody else got this on their Hour and what they did about it. My bike is stock except for a 17 tooth Soma cog, but the noise was there even w/ the stock cog. Maybe I shouldn't expect too much from a cheap bike? But still, 3 mm seems pretty big, and aren't track cranks not supposed to be that far out?


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    Try mounting the chainring on the inside of the spider. If that doesn't get it in line, you probably need a new bottom bracket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bike-izle View Post
    But still, 3 mm seems pretty big
    On what planet?

    3mm will not cause a noisy drivetrain. Your chain is most likely too tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    3mm will not cause a noisy drivetrain. Your chain is most likely too tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    On what planet?

    3mm will not cause a noisy drivetrain. Your chain is most likely too tight.
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    Oh, OK. That's good to know. I'm new to this stuff...sorry for the lameness. I heard somebody say >2mm is too much for a 1/8 chain, and I can visibly tell that it's off, so....


    My chain was on the tighter side. I've been fiddling w/ it and it's just tight enough to where the back-and-forth "slop" mostly disappears when I track stand. I also notice that my chainring isn't totally centered; I'll do the Sheldon thing w/ it tomorrow.

    Noise is better, but there's still a bit of rattle. Maybe this will diminish as the new parts wear in?

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    My Windsor Hour's chain line is off by at least 3 mm and...

    1/8 chains are less tolerant of bad chain lines but 2 or 3mm really is hardly anything. The kind of bike you have is also a factor. Frames with more rear-center are more tolerant of imperfect chain line.
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    In my experience, a little bit of that "slop" in the chain is ideal.
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