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Old 09-30-08, 11:43 AM
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1/2 link chains

Does anyone have experience with 1/2 link chains? Looks like it could be interesting for SS?

http://www.danscomp.com/464085.php
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Old 09-30-08, 03:20 PM
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why would you need a chain completely comprised of half links?
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Originally Posted by peaches. View Post
why would you need a chain completely comprised of half links?
I'm putting in a vote for want rather than need. I have a couple of goof around bikes I'd put one on just for grins.
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ok, want maybe but having any more than one half link would defeat the entire purpose...entirely.
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No neeed

Ya, I'm not in the need category, just curious? I hadn't seen these before but came across them in a BMX catalog. Thought it could be an interesting experiment.
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I have a few BMX friends that use them on their bikes. They have told me that it makes gearing changes easier for them because they just have to remove a half link or add a half link. Seems unnecessary to me though.
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half link

not unusual to have these on bikes.i know a few people and i just put one on my bike. KHE half links 1/8
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I have a couple of them for my bikes,not neccesity though,just vanity. They weigh more,are directional and are a PITA to remove links. That said,I like mine.

I did get mine when i had a frame with vert. drops to help with chain tension,broke the frame shortly after building it. so i swapped it over to my current frame.

You should mout it with the biggest opening of the link facing forward
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i put one of those on my wife's IRO and it works great. it looks trick and people are always complimenting it (and the bike)... thats the only real reason to buy one. it doesnt ride any differently than a regular chain.
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Yep. Do it for the looks.
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i had one of those but exchanged it after breaking two of the bike shop's chain tools trying to split the link.

i'm no novice to the mechanics of the bicycle... trust me. either that chain is tough as **** or the chain tools were ****. i'm going with the latter.

but yeah, it's a sweet chain. little on the heavy side though.
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Originally Posted by milfordcubicle View Post
i had one of those but exchanged it after breaking two of the bike shop's chain tools trying to split the link.

i'm no novice to the mechanics of the bicycle... trust me. either that chain is tough as **** or the chain tools were ****. i'm going with the latter.

but yeah, it's a sweet chain. little on the heavy side though.
Agree 100% with you. I stripped my Topeak chain tool,luckily Shadow Conspiracy makes a chain tool specificly for half link chains. Wasnt a problem with the new tool
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Thanks all, looks like one would be an interesting experiment if it doesn't break my Park chain tool! I might ask for one for Christmas instead of a fruitcake ;-)
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