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Got rid of my 53 CR, should I shorten my chain?(2 posts)

Got rid of my 53 CR, should I shorten my chain?timfire
Jan 13, 2003 11:16 AM
On my commuter I took off my 53 chainring and front derailer. Now I just just have a single 39 CR. What I'm wondering is should I shorten my chain now? I know that keeping the chain long won't hurt anything, but I wasn't sure if there was an advantage in shortening it.

Also, if I do shorten it, how long do I make it? I know that way to normally gauge chain length is by wrapping the chain around the big CR and the biggest cog in back, and then adding 2 links. Would I do that in my situation, or would I do something different?

Thanks in advance.

--Tim Kleinert
Jan 13, 2003 11:20 AM
Why not? I'd run it around the ring and the largest cog, plus through the rear derailleur, and size it up that way. No use carrying around a bunch of extra links.

Can't think of any reason not to.