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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 06-27-03, 11:36 AM   #1
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1/8" chain masterlink use on track chain

I am totally bored at work and am reading the Barnetts manual chapter on chains. It says " With the exception of track bikes, virtually all bikes without deraillers have a chain with a master link."

I use bmx chains with a master link on my fixed and never had a problem.

If you use a track chain do you have to use a chain tool or is it ok to get by with a master link?
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Old 06-27-03, 01:44 PM   #2
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if you go with one of those high-end japanese track chains (izumi, etc) it wont come with a master link like you're used to seeing. i forget exactly how it looks, but there is a link with a little bolt or screw that holds the whole thing together.

if the chain you're using came with a master link, it'll be fine to use. i havent had any problems with mine. it's held up fine to the little bit of abuse i can manage to give it while racing.
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I sprint with a TAYA chain that has a masterlink. Also have an Izumi with another kind of master link. holds fine. I heard Connex makes fines 1/8 chains with superb masterlinks.
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