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Gee, that never happened before!(5 posts)

Gee, that never happened before!look271
Feb 12, 2002 3:54 PM
I decided to ride my fixte in to work on my commute. It would be my 1st ride of any distance on it. I'm spinning happily down the road at about 22mph when the rear wheel locks up. Chain jumped. Then it broke. Locked the wheel. Fortunately I was near a driveway and skidded to safety. Thought that I had the chain aligned correctly. Maybe not!
so much for the myth of fixie simplicity.... ;)CT1
Feb 12, 2002 9:21 PM
Sorry, just couldn't resist. hehehe.

Good thing you didn't go down. :) I had a similar lockup when my PL blew and jammed in the rear der. That took my KG out for 2 months. :(

ride on
JohnG
Perhaps it was amazing bike handling skills.look271
Feb 13, 2002 10:26 AM
Or a guardian angel or blind,stinking luck! :-)
re: Gee, that never happened before!brider
Feb 13, 2002 6:58 AM
It may not have been chain alignment, but rather chain tension. Or, if you use a chain with a no-tool breaking link, it may have come apart for no good reason. Anothert thing, check the welds at the chainstay -- if one of the welds isn't holding, the effective chainstay length would increase and possibly cause the chain to break under tension (though I doubt this would happen at cruise, more like under a sprint load).
The "power-link" was intact.look271
Feb 13, 2002 10:24 AM
Snapped on another link. I suspect that it probably was a combo of chain alignment and tension. It wasn't real slack, but a little.