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Old 04-06-14, 07:06 AM
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Best single speed chain?

In terms of strength etc? I'm not quite sure which to get!
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Old 04-06-14, 07:52 AM
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Questions?? 1/8 or 3/32 width. Fixed gear or single speed? If it is single speed 1/8 buy one at Walmart and you will probably never wear it out. Generally SS chains don't break. Roger
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I like the German Whipperman , but as with above, 1/8" dont over think it ..

a full bushing chain type is a longer wearing design than a bushingless type.
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Originally Posted by MrLucky View Post
In terms of strength etc? I'm not quite sure which to get!
There's a minimum strength standard for chains, well above what you could need. All chains pass that standard. There might be differences in wear life, with premium chains from Wippermann and KMC doing better than off brands, but the rest of it is about cosmetics and marketing.
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Originally Posted by MrLucky View Post
Best single speed chain . . . In terms of . . . etc? . . .
You can get a pink one on ebay that you might consider "best."
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Old 04-07-14, 07:47 PM
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You can get a pink one on ebay that you might consider "best."
This guy has a history of drive-by postings with negative contribution. Just ignore him.
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He's right though.

Best is so subjective. Ask scrod in the singlespeed forum, he'll have an option.
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Originally Posted by IthaDan View Post
He's right though.

Best is so subjective. Ask scrod in the singlespeed forum, he'll have an option.
And sarcasm is the solution to that?
if he wanted to help, should have asked the OP to provide more info and perhaps guide him through it.
If not, silence would've been better.

In any case, the guy gets off on such responses.
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The question of chain strength has always seemed odd to me. I have only seen a few handfuls (out of many, many thousands of chains) of actual side plate or pin fractures over my 40 years of shop wrenching.

So when people talk about chain strength i always wonder what they are really referring to. Is it pure tensile strength? Or pin/side plate retention after the chain is given a side force? Or do they mean the wear rate of the pins and bushings (if any)?

I can say without any doubt that the vast majority of chain failures are due to rider or assembly error. And i mean in the high 99.?% of failures. Poor pin installs, jam/power shifting, way too tight a tension, bent teeth, chain suck, ders into the spokes, the list goes on. But actual metal failure without outside forces, never been my concerns. (The one exception I know of was a production series of Sachs chains in the late 1980s which were over hardened).

And I say this as a tandem rider where said chain failure causes my loved one harm (and not just my problems). Andy
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The difference in strength between 3/32 and 1/8 chain is so small as to be negligible and it is really overbuilt for the application... humans just can't exert the force needed to break a chain and like Mr Stewart, the only broken chains I have dealt with in a long career dealing with chains (industrial and bicycle) 99% of the failures come down to user error.

We run 3/32 KMC or SRAM chain on our tandems and they are subjected to much higher loads than single bikes and don't break.

The only time I had an issue with a chain on my fixed gear was when had been doing a lot of hard fast hill climbs (I was racing folks on road bikes and winning), the chain was fine until I put so much torque into the bike I bent a chainwheel and then the lateral force caused the chain to pop.

I also had a problem with SRAM quick links some years ago and this stemmed from a manufacturing defect in the power link and not the chain.

Avoid cheaply made chains... they aren't worth it.
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