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Tip for you: Chain tensioning technique

Old 04-14-13, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Training.Wheels View Post
No, I've never had trouble with tension, chain stretch, or chain snap. I always keep tensioners so that I don't run into those kinds of problems. Also, some people in this forum don't mind spending $50 on cogs and $200 on chainrings, so you can see why they would be wary of their chain condition.
So you've never replaced a chain? Same one passed down from your greatgranddaddy still working with no trouble?

Originally Posted by osiris419 View Post
So in using your method when my chain snaps I have to spend more money cause now I'm going to buy a chain cog and chainring since the extremely stretched chain will have worn the teeth out so bad that a good chain will not fit properly. Thanks I'll pass and just replace a piece at a time. Cogs and chainrings should outlast a few chains.
No, I just use the same cog and chainring (well actually I replaced the chainring cause it's aluminum and was going to need to be replaced anyway). They don't wear more that's a myth promoted by the bike industry to get you to buy more chains.

I know because I tried it and you don't because you keep shelling out the money for new chains.
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
If you're rocking a $3 cog, is dropping $4 on a chain really that hard? $4...that's less than a beer at a bar.
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Old 04-14-13, 03:25 PM
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To be honest, I have no problem buying beer for folks, what goes around comes around.

I understand trying to get a little extra life out of an expensive chain, but you can get a chain for a ssfg bike for relatively cheap, it just seems like a lot of extra work to mess with an old chain like that.
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Old 04-14-13, 03:30 PM
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is it that big of a deal to replace a ~$20 part every few thousand miles? its a consumable part just like a tire
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Old 04-14-13, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by chucky View Post
And why should we care about chain stretch? Riders of chain driven motorcycles know that chains are supposed to have an initial break in of rapid stretching.
Sure when you put a new chain on a worn cog, the new chain has to conform to the pitch of the cog that is no longer 1/2". You can get away with it on a FG because you have that full chain wrap without a derailer but it probably makes lots of noise. This however does not work with geared bikes because the chain will slip on the worn cogs and make horrible bike breaking sounds.

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Old 04-14-13, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
I can seriously believe you advocate using a part that is pretty critical to the safe operation of a bicycle until it catastrophically fails and then replacing it.
If it's not that then it'll be something else:

I moved the chain to a new frame where it's still going strong.

...but I guess people don't have catastrophic failures when all they do with their bikes is roll around from bar to bar in williamsburg with a brand new chain every week.

BTW I'll be passing through williamsburg in a few weeks when I embark cross country and maybe I can snap that droopy chain of yours by showing your bike what it's like to be on receiving end of some actual pedaling effort?
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