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Old 10-28-06, 04:40 AM   #1
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chains break when snow riding

Has anybody else noticed that chains tend to break when you are snow riding?

I wonder if the load is different or something.

I have experienced this phenominon several times when bicycling on snow.
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Old 10-28-06, 09:49 AM   #2
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Chain

I've broken 1 chain in 45 years of riding. Winter riding uphill under load. Crossed up and bammm! Oh well, you live and learn. Winter temps shouldn't make that much difference. You just need to keep the maintenance up and watch for wear.
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I've noticed only that a chain that is basically worn out is more likely to break at lower temperatures.
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I wonder. Maybe the derailure response is slower and it allows the rider to put power into the drive train before the chain is set properly into the teeth of the sprockets which causes the trouble.

I certainly notice that derailure response is slower in cold temperatures. Remember, by cold, I am talking temperatures at 10 degrees F or lower.
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