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Old 04-23-09, 08:35 PM
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Chain suck!

I talked a bunch of my friends into going on a really easy ride around San Diego Bay. I was riding sweep to make sure no one was left behind. Sure enough, we are riding on the strand enjoying ourselves, I go to shift to my big chain ring and --- CHAIN SUCK!!! I called out "stopping" but they didn't hear me.

It had wrapped it's self around the crank arm and I had a heck of a time putting it back on. By the time I was done, my hands were so greasy I couldn't touch anything. I tried wiping them on the pickleweed, but that wasn't much help. Then I remembered my wetnaps, that helped a lot.

Luckily everyone had stopped a few miles up the road and then figured out I wasn't anywhere to be seen. I couldn't call them with greasy hands and knew I would eventually catch up.

It turned out to be a nice day anyway, we had a good lunch and took the ferry back across. All's well that ends well.

My mechanic is looking at my bike now, he will make the adjustments necessary free of charge -- I love that man (my husband).
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Old 04-23-09, 09:45 PM
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Yup, we're all gonna drop a chain now and then. Just another good reason for black shorts and black handlebar tape. Sounds like you had a nice ride; that's the most important thing.
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Sounds like a great ride even with the chain problem.

I sometimes carry a pair of surgical type gloves in my seat pack. They don't take up room and they really come in handy for messy jobs.
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Sounds like a great ride even with the chain problem.

I sometimes carry a pair of surgical type gloves in my seat pack. They don't take up room and they really come in handy for messy jobs.

Yep, think I'm going the surgical glove from now on. I'm sure they will be worth the cost.
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Chain suck sucks. I believe the only solution is to replace the chainring. Chain suck happens when the ring is worn and grabs the chain.
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Originally Posted by Litespeed View Post
Yep, think I'm going the surgical glove from now on. I'm sure they will be worth the cost.
I just bought a box of 100 for 10 bucks...at a dime apiece there's no reason NOT to use them
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Measure the length of your chain -- if 24 half-links exceed 12-1/16", replace the chain. Also, try to spin the chain rollers with a match stick -- they should turn very freely, without binding.
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Originally Posted by Beverly View Post
I sometimes carry a pair of surgical type gloves in my seat pack. They don't take up room and they really come in handy for messy jobs.
I ALWAYS carry these with me - two pairs. You can get pretty dirty even when repairing a flat.
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I wear black shorts.

Doesn't sound like chain suck if the chain was off the rings. Just sounds like the stops not being set right on the Derailler. Still sounds like the chain went through a bit of stress though so check it carefully for bent side plates and wear.
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Thank goodness it didn't chip some finish off your crabon fiber bike
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