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Old 08-29-05, 02:22 PM
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What's the proper chain?

Hello,

I'm trying to put together an authentic beater bike (my current "beater" has just gotten too nice...) and I'm trying to work out the drivetrain with my spare parts:

* 9 sp hub with a 4.5 spacer before a Shimano HG50 7 speed cassette (12-28 if interested)

* 7 sp Exage 500 shifters (SIS and friction rear!)

* Various crank rings (as far as I know, there is no "speed" with chainrings-- true?)

* 9 sp front derailleur (Deore, and I might just go with a single chainring in the front)

What kind of chain do I need? A 7 speed HG chain?-- is there such a thing? An IG? Would any 7 speed chain work? Would any 8 or 9 speed work? Remember, it's a beater. (I'm saying that for my benefit, too!)

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Old 08-29-05, 02:59 PM
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Get a cheap Sram 8 speed.
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Get a cheap Sram 8 speed.
I think that would be the SRAM PC-48, I just bought one for $20 - you can do better though. It includes a PowerLink

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Old 08-29-05, 08:15 PM
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I think that would be the SRAM PC-48, I just bought one for $20 - you can do better though. It includes a PowerLink

Peter
Thank you both. Are you two recommending an 8 speed chain because it "splits the difference" or because the quality is good for the price and none of the other factors matter?

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Check out the variety of chains at Mountain Equipment . They explain in the detailed section the intended use for each chain.
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Originally Posted by PM7771
I think that would be the SRAM PC-48, I just bought one for $20 - you can do better though. It includes a PowerLink

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I recently purchased two SRAM PC-48 chains from Performance Bike for 11.95 each
 

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