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What chains are you using for fixed gear?(10 posts)

What chains are you using for fixed gear?eddie m
Apr 4, 2003 10:14 AM
I'm nervous about using 9 speed chains on my fixie. I think it's too hard to join a narrow chain with a conventional tool and I'm not sure connector links are strong enough. I've been thinking of using new old stock regina chains, which are easy to join.
Are conventional (not narrow) 3/32" chains still available? Will a chain that is laterally stiff (like a Regina) derail more frequently or less frequently than a modern chain that is flexible? What cahins are used on real track bikes?
1/8" cruiser chains with master links ...Humma Hah
Apr 4, 2003 10:19 AM
I don't trust hand-swaged pins.

Cruiser chains are perfectly good. Watch out for BMX chains ... the same thing but typically a scosh too short for a full-sized bike.

A laterally stiff chain is my choice. As they loosen up, deraillment becomes more of a problem. I retire a chain well before it develops significant stretch, as the side-to-side sway becomes troublesome.
1/8" cruiser chains with master links ...eddie m
Apr 4, 2003 10:28 AM
I've thought about BMX chains, but I'd need to replace my cogs. I use a 16 and a 17 so it would cost at least $50 replace them along with the chain. That's more than I ever spent on any fixie.
You can generally use 1/8" chains on thinner cogs ...Humma Hah
Apr 4, 2003 11:27 AM
... in fact I'm running a 3/32 freewheel right now on the cruiser.

The problem is using 1/8" chains on modern ders. They're too wide to clear modern gear spacing.
re: What chains are you using for fixed gear?PaulNYC
Apr 4, 2003 11:15 AM
check out the sram pc68, it's cheap and has a masterlink.
sram PC48 nmp chop
Apr 4, 2003 11:49 PM
SRAM PC69manicotti
Apr 7, 2003 1:59 AM
Apr 7, 2003 6:13 AM
This chain is actually smallewr then the 3/32"

ixnay hombre!victorthewombat
Apr 9, 2003 11:16 AM
1/8" chains are boat anchors - I would gather up all your 1/8" chains meld them into a ball and use it as a ruddy boat anchor - it is about all they are good for.

Advantages of 3/32":
a) no comptability woories
b) 1/8" not stronger because the chain companies put all thier energy and technology into derrailleur chains
c) unless you are doing rail grinds on your way down to the local pub every night no way is a 1/8" going to outlast a 3/32" - most of us cannot and consequently will not

bottom line 1/8" chains are bunk.
ixnay hombre!enginebad
Apr 11, 2003 7:53 PM
i use 1/8 chains, because i sometimes do that sorta stuff. same reason i have a bashring on my bike. my beater fixie has 1/8 because the cog i had sitting around was one. strongest 3/32 chain(imo): RHOLLOFF trials chain. designed for bike trials which sees extremely sudden high torque stresses, and minimal if not zero shifting.