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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 10-14-12, 03:35 PM   #1
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any downside to using a flexy (side-to-side) chain on a singlespeed?

I'm rebuilding a singlespeed with 3/32" chainring/sprocket teeth
I have some bushing-design chains from old 10-speed bikes that seem a good fit for this project. The large link size doesn't shift easily on modern sprockets (and the external width of the chain is too wide to fit on 7-speed or higher, anyway), but this type of chain still has 3/32" inner width. The chain is not "stretched" much lengthwise (so won't skip or wear out the sprocket), but has a lot of side-to-side flex.
Does the side-to-side flex in the chain pose any downside in a singlespeed setup?
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Old 10-14-12, 03:44 PM   #2
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If your chainline is straight, no.
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chainline is straight, within 1mm, so I should be good. thanks!
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chainline is straight, within 1mm, so I should be good. thanks!

Its a chain designed for imperfect chainline,you should be good.
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