Hey folks, I was wondering the benefits of 1/8" chains over 3/32" chains. I ride fixed on the road alot and have always used the latter.
Some of us like to think we have the power to rip the teeth off a 3/32" cog. It happened to someone somewhere once and we've all extrapolated that to our own experience.
Nowadays it may be easier to find 1/8" chainrings in trackie sizes than 3/32". Also, if you are using a bushingless chain (pretty much every 3/32" chain made since 1989) you may be losing an almost unmeasurable amount of efficiency compared to a true roller chain, which all the 1/8" chains are.
If you run a 1/8" chain you can use 3/32" or 1/8" rings and cogs. This comes in handy if you need to borrow a ring or cog. If you run 3/32" chain and need to borrow, you'll have to find someone with 3/32"
Thanks for the input all. I just look at some of those 1/8'' chains and cant help but wonder if they are more burly. Thats where the "stretch" question came from earlier. Thanks again. See you out there...