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Old 12-18-05, 03:21 PM
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Teach me about chain tensioners!

I might wanna get a chain tensioner for my bike but I have no idea what I need and what I can use with the 7speed rear and 3 speed front (but I dont really need 3 sprockets). So tell me about my options.

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Old 12-18-05, 03:45 PM
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So you don't want a chain tensioner really, you want a chainguide. I'm sure Jeff will pop up here and show you his boomerang. But basically it's just a boomerang type deal with a wheel that puts pressure on the chain to keep it tight from falling off. Do you want to keep the 3 up front? You could drop the big chain ring off, put on a bashguard and a chainguide behind it.
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Old 12-18-05, 04:07 PM
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Nope.
...and why do you need a tensioner?
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Old 12-18-05, 04:19 PM
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this is all I need right? And will that except 2 sprockets? Sure, my bike is kindof a piece of poop but it would be nice not to hear the chain all the time.
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Man...well that looks pretty single speed, the chain comes off the rings to the cluster on angles.
On a triple, wouldn't it bend the chainline?
Tensioners are pretty specific to how many chainrings.

I don't really want to chat, feel kinda disrespected.
Use the search function, lots of posts on tensioners archived.
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Old 12-18-05, 04:58 PM
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isnt the wheel on a chain guide big enough so that the chain can slide on it when you change gears. And what the heck are you talking about being disrespected?
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Old 12-18-05, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by GerGa00
this is all I need right? And will that except 2 sprockets? Sure, my bike is kindof a piece of poop but it would be nice not to hear the chain all the time.
That will work with three chainrings. It was formerly known as the DCD Mr. Crud chain tensioner. I used one for a while - one thing I can tell you is it's NOT going to make your driveline any quieter. That roller is hard plastic and the sound is very loud and annoying.
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Old 12-18-05, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by jeff williams
Man...well that looks pretty single speed, the chain comes off the rings to the cluster on angles.
On a triple, wouldn't it bend the chainline?
Tensioners are pretty specific to how many chainrings.

I don't really want to chat, feel kinda disrespected.
Use the search function, lots of posts on tensioners archived.
Jeff, I hope I didn't disrespect you in any way. Your chain guide is probably the best I've seen. It gets the job done and is a great example to the newbs.

Ger, you need something like this or this depending on your riding style.
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Old 12-18-05, 05:52 PM
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When I posted way back about box guide tensioners Mael posted they were noisy on the far range of gearing.
I like a quiet bike in the woods, I see more wildlife.
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Old 12-18-05, 05:54 PM
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I'll atest to that, they are noisy.
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Old 12-18-05, 06:08 PM
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...48#post1940248
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Wow those two things you showed me are too expensive I really dont need anything special at all. Is there anything like the chain guide I linked you to that isnt as loud? If there isnt any that is quieter then perhaps I could buy that one I linked to and I could wrap the wheel in duct tape or electrical tape?(assuming its the chain against the wheel making the noise?)

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Old 12-18-05, 08:32 PM
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I saw your bike in the "post your bike" thread. Spefically, what are you trying to do? Does it bounce around when riding? Remove a link or two.
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Old 12-19-05, 06:13 AM
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Yes it sorta bounces around when the terrains a little rough. And that gave me an idea, couldnt I just remove 2-3 links to tighten the chain because I dont have problems with it falling off its just a little looser than ide like.


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Old 12-19-05, 01:01 PM
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Si Si you could and do it, it helps a ton.
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Old 12-19-05, 01:50 PM
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So how do that? And in case I want to get the one I linked you to at the jenson special order place , what do you think of my idea for quieting it down?

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Originally Posted by GerGa00
what do you think of my idea for quieting it down?
I tried the tape thing. It didn't do anything but shred the tape and make a sticky mess.

My advice would be to try taking a link out of your chain. If that doesn't work, take the 15.99 you saved and put it towards a more effective chain tensioner.

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Old 12-19-05, 02:22 PM
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Are you sure the tape thing wouldnt work? Did you use duct tape? And maybe it work work better with a few layers of duct tape and then a couple layers of electrical tape becuase electrical tape is smoother and perhaps tougher on the out side.
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Originally Posted by GerGa00
Are you sure the tape thing wouldnt work? Did you use duct tape? And maybe it work work better with a few layers of duct tape and then a couple layers of electrical tape becuase electrical tape is smoother and perhaps tougher on the out side.
knock yourself out.
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what kinda tape did you use
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