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Possible problem that COULD be DANGEROUS needs diagnosing!

Old 09-09-09, 08:19 PM
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Possible problem that COULD be DANGEROUS needs diagnosing!

Just recently purchased a built up fixed gear. Great parts, nice english made wheel set, good crank and a pretty nice schwin frame. I guess I didn't look close enough before purchasing, as I definitely would have asked about it being a possible problem.

While the chain has nice tension and is well aligned, the rear wheel is hardly pulled into the dropouts. I'm concerned about this. I've probably ridden fourty or fifty miles on it already but I just want to clear my conscious and get it fixed if it's a real problem. Here are some photos of the alleged problem.

The bottom right photograph is the opposite side of the wheel, where the cog is NOT located.
Thanks in advance for any insight.


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Old 09-09-09, 08:22 PM
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looks really sketchy. get a new/longer chain.
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Old 09-09-09, 08:24 PM
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Just add a link or two, or get a new chain, problem solved. The top left picture looks like the dropout is filled in a bit, so you don't have too much room to work with. Simple fix.
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Old 09-09-09, 08:26 PM
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Yeah it does huh. Haha.
It's totally like one length difference. I have a feeling that the original owner pulled a link out when he was building it to make it fit. I might have to bore into the frame it make room for a longer chain >.<

Anyone know if you can buy single chain lengths? It would be a shame because the chain is pretty new.
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Old 09-09-09, 08:27 PM
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Chain is too short. Add at least one full link (1 inch) to your chain. Yes, it is potentially dangerous.
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Old 09-09-09, 08:33 PM
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I would not ride that bike. You could just buy a new chain, preferrably the same model as the current one, use some of the leftover links to make the existing chain longer and then you have 2 chains to rotate in and out.
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Old 09-09-09, 08:34 PM
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Yeah, that looks sketchy.

You should fix that.
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Old 09-09-09, 08:35 PM
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Ask to meet up again with the guy who sold you the bike and kick him in the balls.
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I wish I could kick him in the balls. He did throw me some brand new drop bars, pedals, and a brake lever for free though. He was totally grilling out with his family when I arrived, little kid riding around on a trike and everything. Real nice family and house, so I won't point fingers. I don't think he realized.

BUT, thanks for the advice everyone. I'll get a chain asap because I need to ride this mofo.
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Old 09-09-09, 08:44 PM
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Add a link and file out the rest of the dropout inside of the raised outerplate on the driveside so you can use the entire dropout.

I am guessing that frame is a schwinn world sport?
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Old 09-09-09, 08:54 PM
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"Dood, I am so happy with the bike! I want to give you even more money! Where can we meet so I can give you more cash". It is ball-kicking time.
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Old 09-09-09, 08:55 PM
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I honestly do not think you'll need to file your dropouts if you add two links. If you do, then simply get one single half-link, and you should be set.
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Just file the dropout. I mean how much trouble will it be, and you will have more room to work with when fitting chains in the future and dealing with chain stretch.
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Just ride it, what's the worst that could happen?
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Adding another link should solve the problem. This is why I am not a fan of conversions.
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Originally Posted by dsh View Post
Just ride it, what's the worst that could happen?


ha

he could die.
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Originally Posted by BenReed View Post
ha

he could die.
Oh, that's it?
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Let's see a pic showing the chain too.
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Originally Posted by BenReed View Post
ha

he could die.
Sounds like a challenge!
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What size cog?

My guess would be he had another rear wheel with a smaller cog that fit perfect. He probably had this wheel/cog and put it on and kept the good one.

If the gearing is OK get a longer chain. If the gearing is too low get a smaller cog.
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half link ftw
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Originally Posted by tgscordv6 View Post
Adding another link should solve the problem. This is why I am not a fan of conversions.
????

Because the PO didn't install the wheel/chain properly?
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Originally Posted by tgscordv6 View Post
Adding another link should solve the problem. This is why I am not a fan of conversions.
Hopefully this is the stupidest thing I'll hear all day but I doubt it.
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Old 09-10-09, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by tgscordv6 View Post
This is why I am not a fan of conversions.
Mostly, you don't like conversions because you don't understand how bikes work.
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If it doesn't slide on you may find it easier to file the threads on the axle instead of the slot.
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