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Electra Townie 3i replacement chain?

Old 02-21-24, 08:21 PM
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Electra Townie 3i replacement chain?

Where to find a replacement chain for Townie 3i ?
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It appears to be a single speed with coaster brake, so any SS chain should work. Go to a Trek dealer or spend less at Amazon, Universal Cycle or many other places. I would purchase a Shimano, SRAM or KMC though. BTW, you'll need a chain tool to "cut" the chain (I would use the same number of links as the stock one), and need a chain tool (go to SheldonBrown.com if you're unsure how to do it).

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Thank you. I now think it is not the chain but the hub, some skipping going on at shift change in 2 of the speeds. Pondering what to do. Downloaded the Shimano Nexus manual.
On the other hand I successfully made some changes to a recently purchased Electra Cruiser 1, new handlebars and a hand brake, and am happy with her. Maybe 1 bike is enough.
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Skipping implies a shift cable adjustment issue. On a single chainring / single sprocket setup like the Townie 3, there shouldn't be any chain issues unless the chainring is bent or chain links are damaged or worn badly.

Edit: It could also be the internal gearing failing in the 3-speed hub. My wife's Townie came with a 3-speed hub. I replaced it with a custom-built wheelset with a 7-speed hub, and used the original wheels on another bike, and in a few years or less than 1000 miles the original 3 speed hub seized and failed, despite ample original lubrication.

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Originally Posted by Lucillle
Thank you. I now think it is not the chain but the hub, some skipping going on at shift change in 2 of the speeds. Pondering what to do. Downloaded the Shimano Nexus manual.
On the other hand I successfully made some changes to a recently purchased Electra Cruiser 1, new handlebars and a hand brake, and am happy with her. Maybe 1 bike is enough.
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Thank you so much for finding that for me!
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