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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-17-05, 06:33 PM   #1
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Non-perfect chainline

I just rebuilt/repainted my singlespeed (new crank, hub, rims, tires). It rides like a dream. Just today i did about a 20mile ride. Anyways, the hub I have is a Wite Industries Eccentric Eno, which I believe is supposed to be used with the middle chainring on the crank. Well, when I built it, I wanted the bigger ring, so now it is set up on the outside ring of the crank. This of course makes my chainline a bit off. Is this really a big deal, like is it going to damage anything? Would having a perfect chainline benefit me in any way? Also, right now it is just set up as a singlespeed, but I am going to flip the hub and try out fixed, does chainline matter more then?
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Old 05-17-05, 07:13 PM   #2
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a good chainline is a good thing because the less perfect it is, the more energy you're losing in friction between links of the chain--when the chain is at an angle, they're rubbing a whole lot more. you can really feel the difference with a straight chainline.

you could try putting spacers into the stack bolts (holding the chainrings to the spider) in order to move the chainring you're using to the right spot.
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and if your chain falls off it might scratch up your frame and break some stuff.
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If your chain comes off it'll f*** you up too

As long as your chain is tight it won't come off. A bad chainline is a little stiffer and noisier, and everything wears faster. But it's not the end of the world.
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