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Finishing touches on a project(12 posts)

Finishing touches on a projectLone Gunman
Mar 6, 2002 1:28 PM
I am about to put the finishing components together on a '78 project bike. It will be using a Shimano Hyperglide 6 speed freewheel and is strictly a friction shift DTube bike. What type of chain should I get for this setup, and it must be SILVER colored and preferably cheap? Do I need a hyperglide chain or can I use a Sram? I went with the hyperglide freewheel with the shark teeth design as I have heard they shift nicer than the stock freewheels in friction mode.
re: Finishing touches on a projectxxl
Mar 6, 2002 1:43 PM
A narrow SRAM chain is (relatively) cheap, but I don't know if they're available in silver. Actually, friction shifting is pretty forgiving in general. I've found that just about any chain will work, even Uniglides and old Sedis, since you're not depending on the chain and cogs to "help" with any index shifting chores. And besides, a little drivetrain noise will simply add a vintage aural ambiance to your ride.
Thanks, but I want SILENCELone Gunman
Mar 6, 2002 2:53 PM
and silver. Actually that is what I expected, I could put anything on back there or some quality and get good results. I see a Sram PC68 is silver. Need to order tires and tubes from Nashbar so I might as well get the chain also @$19. The old bike has got to look good with the silver chain!!
Thanks, but I want SILENCEgtx
Mar 6, 2002 3:19 PM
in my experience, the older, non-sis drivetrains are much quieter than todays drivetrains with narrow chains and all sorts of shifting ramps, pins, floating jockey wheels, etc. My old cross bike with 80s Record friction, a 6 speed DA freewheel and a Sachs chain is absolutely silent. Regarding chain color, I remember that circa 1984, you could buy the black Sedisport chain for $5, or the exact same chain in silver or gold for $10.
Don't have the catalog here, but...cory
Mar 6, 2002 3:05 PM
I think Grant Petersen at Rivendell is high on some low-buck chain (SunRace? Can't remember) and that it's silver. And he's not sold on speeds-more-than-seven, so it might work with a sixer. Or I could be wrong, because I haven't looked at the catalog for a few weeks. But you can check it online,
Hi Ho Silverchar
Mar 6, 2002 6:10 PM
I have a few older bikes (early 80s) running 6 and 7 speed freewheels with friction shifters. I use SRAM chains, and buy whatever is the least expensive, it shifts even better when I use a rear wheel that has a 8 speed Shimano cassette. Out of the parts drawer I am currently running a SRAM silver chain and it shifts equally well as black one. If you found a deal, don't buy just one, purchase what you will need for the next 2-3 years. As gtx mentioned these setups are $silent$.
Thanks all!!Lone Gunman
Mar 6, 2002 7:48 PM
I may go with the Sachs from Nashbar. I am looking forward to the silence and putting this project back on the road after 14 years off the road and in mothballs. Right now it is better than original, I can not remember how it rode, no clue. Could be pleasant could be a big disappointing why did I spend the $200+ and effort to get this pig back on the road?
I doubt you'll regret it.dzrider
Mar 7, 2002 5:35 AM
As one who rides a 1980 Trek for commuting and winter riding, I'm sure you'll enjoy both the ride quality and the attention and older bike produces. Bike messengers in town, shout "Cool, old Trek" at us. Riders say "I had one of those, what a great bike."

I find the heavier bike is less effected by rough roads and its stability works to isolate my legs and help me maintain a high cadence. There is no doubt in my mind that bikes and components have improved, but lots of us enjoyed riding before all the improvements and I like keeping my connection to those days.
using SRAM chain on 6-spd freewheel..dotkaye
Mar 7, 2002 9:19 AM
it works just fine, quiet and no shifting problems. This is Shimano Exage from late 80's, DT indexed shifting. So the friction shifting should be no problem.
Tell us more about the bike! nmscottfree
Mar 7, 2002 10:46 AM
Scottfree, I think you know...Lone Gunman
Mar 7, 2002 12:58 PM
I think you know about this wreck. My first decent bike before college, '78 British made Viscount Sebring with a mix of Japanese parts, gave it away to a charity last summer who did nothing with it, I found out it may have a faulty fork, recovered the bike from the charity by luck with a majority of it's parts in great shape, and have cleaned, polished all the parts and am one set of laced wheels away from getting it back on the road. Then I will decide if it is worthy of a new paint and decal scheme as it does have some bb and tt surface rust. If not, I have a full compliment of components to put on a better frame that will fit 27" wheels as the drivetrain is Shimano 600, good for it's time period.
Scottfree, I think you know...scottfree
Mar 8, 2002 7:38 AM
Oh that's right -- the one with the famous Viscount 'Death Fork!' You need to post pics!