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Old 05-02-21, 10:28 PM
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Single speed tensioner.

Their is a post in general cycling about going single speed.

Feel free to post link if this has been covered.

Some Amazon reviews are negative on those adapters that are kind of like rear derailers in how they tension the chain.

I know itís a shot in the dark but... do you guys with way more bike mechanic experience than me think maybe the issue is chain length on many of the bad experiences?

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What kind of frame do you have? If your frame has a horizontal dropout with some front-back adjustment, you can use BMX half-link chains, which allow you to alter the chain length in smaller increments.
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Hi SkinGriz,

I don't see the thread about converting to single speed in the general forum.

There are many types of single speed tensioners, some are much better designed and made than others. However, majority of issues that I see are people don't have enough tension, with the chain set too long. When that happens, it feels like the drive train is skipping like you are pedaling a very worn chain and cog. Another problem that I encounter are set ups with chain lines that are not perfectly straight.

But, those issues are due to human error and not due to the component itself.
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There are lots of spring loaded tensioners that mount to the derailleur hanger and do a simple job very well. The best is the Melvin from Paul Component Engineering. Itís pricey. Others are probably nearly as good. Sometimes you can even use a derailleur and lock it into position with its stop screws.
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https://www.amazon.com/SHIMANO-Alfin.../dp/B07CQQ7D7C

https://www.amazon.com/Tensioner-Sin...60627273&psc=1
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Like the ones above.

Thank you for kind of confirming my suspicions.

Specifically asking about more vertical drop out style. Horizontal dropouts are what I grew up with on BMX bikes and are pretty self explanatory.
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https://www.paulcomp.com/shop/compon...ain-tensioner/

Paul components is high quality stuff.

watched most of video.

8 speed chain, 10 speed chain... Seems like when I was previously into bikes 20+ years ago it was 1/8 or 3/32. And 3/32 was for multi speed.

Lot to take in. Iím not converting a bike at the moment, just gathering thoughts.
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Originally Posted by Broctoon View Post
There are lots of spring loaded tensioners that mount to the derailleur hanger and do a simple job very well. The best is the Melvin from Paul Component Engineering. Itís pricey. Others are probably nearly as good. Sometimes you can even use a derailleur and lock it into position with its stop screws.
Thanks for info. Could be good to try it before committing and shortening a chain.
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz View Post
Like the ones above.

Thank you for kind of confirming my suspicions.

Specifically asking about more vertical drop out style. Horizontal dropouts are what I grew up with on BMX bikes and are pretty self explanatory.
If you have horizontal dropouts you probably don't need a chain tensioner unless they are very shallow. You simply cut the chain to the correct length and slide the axle back until the chain is at the correct tension
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