|How much tension on a track bike chain??? nm||g-money|
Apr 1, 2002 9:17 PM
Apr 2, 2002 6:20 AM
|You do not want much tension on the chain. The old rule of thumb of 12mm (1/2") play in the middle of the chain up and down is pretty good. Tension makes the drive train slower and less efficient. However, too loose a chain may come off the front rings. This is generally considered a bad thing. After setting tension, turn the bike sideways and pedals as a simple test. |
Be aware that one problem of giving fast rules is that the chainrings and cogs can be out of round, and you are likely to have tight and loose spots.
|trial and error||RideLots|
Apr 2, 2002 8:16 AM
|Too tight and it binds up and makes a lot of noise. Too loose, and it could come off and has an uncomcomfortable "gap" when on and off the power.
I just pull it sort of "finger tight" and tighten the nuts. Experiment.