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Old 04-25-21, 08:36 PM
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Need correct chain for Raleigh LTD-3 bike

Hello all...I am trying to fix up my wife's old Raleigh 3 speed bike that she had when she was a child. The bike was missing the chain so I went down to our local bike shop to get a chain to put on it. I was given a Shimano CN-HG40 8 speed chain and was told this chain would work. Upon cutting it to size and installing it, the chain seems to fit nicely on the front but not on the rear cog. After trying to adjust the rear wheel, it still doesn't seat on the cog like it is supposed to and as a result it won't engage the wheel consistently when pedaling. I'm starting to think that this chain isn't the right one for this bike..Does anyone have any experience with this type of bike and the correct chain to purchase? I have seen other Raleigh 3 speeds (not this model) reference a 1/8 x 1/4 chain. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks again.
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Old 04-25-21, 08:51 PM
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You'll need a single speed chain.
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Old 04-25-21, 10:02 PM
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It needs a 1/8 chain, you received a 3/32 chain.
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Fortunately, single speed chains are really cheap.
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
It needs a 1/8 chain, you received a 3/32 chain.
this...^^^^

furthermore, i'd take that chain back and get a refund as they sold you the wrong part. unless, of course, you can still use it for another bike
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Thanks very much for the replies. I just ordered a 1/8” single speed chain. Much appreciated!
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I think the general rule of thumb is to ask to speak to the bike shop employee who is at least as old as the 3-speed you're working on.
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Old 04-26-21, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I think the general rule of thumb is to ask to speak to the bike shop employee who is at least as old as the 3-speed you're working on.
i was thinking along those lines, myself. otoh, i have been surprised before by younger staff. and, learned a thing or two in some cases
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Alternatively, there are 3/32 rear cogs available for Sturmey Archer hubs.
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Originally Posted by thook View Post
i was thinking along those lines, myself. otoh, i have been surprised before by younger staff. and, learned a thing or two in some cases
There are always exceptions! Starting when I was 25, I worked in a bike shop that sold lots of Raleighs. It's where I learned how to fix Sturmey Archer 3-speed hubs. Not to say I didn't sell somebody the wrong part out of ignorance, but I did know what kind of chain was required on a 3-speed.

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Originally Posted by JaccoW View Post
Alternatively, there are 3/32 rear cogs available for Sturmey Archer hubs.
Don't forget that the steel crankset will be 1/8" specific on an unmodified LTD-3.

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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
Don't forget that the steel crankset will be 1/8" specific on an unmodified LTD-3.
Yeah usually that's true but in this case:
Upon cutting it to size and installing it, the chain seems to fit nicely on the front but not on the rear cog.
So my guess is that it's narrower?
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Old 04-27-21, 06:33 PM
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Thanks again..I just got the new chain (1/8) and installed it..works perfectly. Can't thank you guys enough!
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I think the general rule of thumb is to ask to speak to the bike shop employee who is at least as old as the 3-speed you're working on.
I am younger than the Huffy buyout of Raleigh USA, and I would have sold the correct chain. While I did work at a bike shop for a time, they fired me, or more accurately "invited me not to continue". So I guess you're not wrong.

I believe my boss needed an underling who didn't know things in order to feel good about himself. I worked the rest of high school at a video store, where my intelligence and autonomy were actually appreciated.
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