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Old 06-06-08, 02:12 PM   #1
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dropping chain - doomed to do it?

I'd appreciate advice on this persistent problem.

Am I doomed to drop the chain if 3 three conditions are present:

1. chain on inside (largest) 1 or two rear cogs
2. I run my chain tension loose as specified by Sheldon Borwn (large large while skipping derailleur and adding 1 link (3 pins)).
3. panic shift front - shifting the front derailleur from the large chain ring to the small in one complete depressing of the front brifter lever.

I realize that none of the 3 probably help to avoid dropping the chain and I try not to panic shift but sholdn't the proper front derailleur setting eliminate this problem? How much is the problem influenced by chain tension. Also, I find the drive train behaves entirely differently when under load than on the work stand. load introduces more hesitation so this has been challenging to troubleshoot.

I have been periodically dropping my chain off the inside of the small ring -while using the inside (largest) 1 or 2 rear cogs - when shifting from the large to the small chain ring. I have adjusted both the inside and outside positions (for small and large rings) of the front derailleur to be as close as possible without rubbing but the problem persists.

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Old 06-06-08, 03:04 PM   #2
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1. That's ok except on the large chainring. It's called cross chaining and is hard on the chain and cogs.

2. That's not "loose", that's the proper way to size a chain.

3. If you are in the largest cog, you shouldn't be in the largest chainring even if the chain length will allow it. See #1.

Despite all of those procedural errors, dropping the chain can be avoided by adding a Third Eye Chain Watcher or N-Gear Jump Stop. These are retaners that fasten to the seat tube inboard of the crank and have a plastic tooth or metal plate that runs a close clearance with the inner chainring. They are set close enough that the chain cannot fit between them and the chainring and they prevent the chain from overshifting.
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Old 06-06-08, 03:25 PM   #3
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+1 on the chain watcher. I couldn't for the life of me get my chain to quit dropping off my Cross Check on rough singletrack until I got one. They are cheap insurance even if you don't drop it very often.
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I will second the N-Gear

I have used it 2+ years now and no drops, but the best reason is the owner/designer

when I called him to order, I asked how I can pay, and he said nevermind, I will send it to you and if you like it just send me a check....he even included a prepaid envelope!!!! that made my day to see that kind of service and trust...

plus it's a great product

just my 2 cents
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+1 N-Gear. I have one on all my bikes. I don't even mess around - when I get a new bike, I put one on before my first ride. Chains have a nasty way of scratching and gouging new bikes.

Make sure you measure the seat tube. They come in different sizes.
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