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How much tension on a track bike chain??? nm(3 posts)

How much tension on a track bike chain??? nmg-money
Apr 1, 2002 9:17 PM
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No muchCalvin
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 errorRideLots
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.