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Old 09-24-08, 04:01 AM
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To tension or not

So,

I'm riding a GT MTB set as a SS. I'm running 42x16 and happy, but...the chain length is a little too long. I'm running the the axle all the way back in the dropouts and there's still slop. It rides ok but the chain comes off easily. If I take one link out, the axel is barely in the dropout (of coarse!). So, a chain tensioner would work, but being the purist, I'd rather not. Has anyone used one of the chain 1/2 links? I'd love some input!

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A half link is meant to solve this exact problem. That's what you want. You could also address this problem by changing your gearing, but that's a fair bit more expensive and complicated.
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Yeah, I've had this issue before, just pop in a half link and you'll be good to go!
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is this a new chain or an old one? if its new it may just stretch some and then you can take a link out.
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Originally Posted by sluglug View Post
is this a new chain or an old one? if its new it may just stretch some and then you can take a link out.
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Thanks, I hadn't been aware of 1/2 links till I got into this SS stuff, I'm guessing this is common BMX stuff? My chain is about 4 months old at this point. I like my gearing, I've got a Shimano single crankset that I bought new off eBay for $48 shipped. It's a tandem captians crank flipped over with the pedal threads helicoiled for proper threading. Don't want to spend too much more due to my budget, I still need decent pedals and clips plus a few misc items.

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Originally Posted by sluglug View Post
is this a new chain or an old one? if its new it may just stretch some and then you can take a link out.
I'll assume you're talking about the chain wearing in. In which case it's a bad idea to wait for this to happen, over a 12" section of chain you'll only get about 1/16" - 1/8, "stretch" anyways. And while you wait for this to happen, keep dropping the chain on every bump. Great idea.

Put the 1/2 link in.
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