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Chain has begun to rattle: problem?

Old 07-16-12, 12:49 PM
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Chain has begun to rattle: problem?

Hi folks,

My friend borrowed my fixed-gear bike and decided that my chain was too loose for his taste. He pulled the wheel as far back in the dropouts as he could and cinched it down. A few days later I noticed that when I tap the chain it makes a little rattle noise as if something has changed. The chain looks like it's in decent shape but I have not checked for stretch. Do you guys think I have a damaged chain?

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Old 07-16-12, 03:25 PM
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Chains are pretty tough. I'd set it up correctly and see how it rides, then see if further investigation is warranted.
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What has changed is the lubricant is drying up.

Dry, or wax-type lubes are particularly rattly after just a couple of rides.

A more-substantial lubricant will cure this, and it has nothing to do with the chain adjustment beyond the fact that the vibrational frequency of the chain varies with tension.
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