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Retro chain question(6 posts)

Retro chain questionNigeyy
Apr 14, 2003 2:40 PM
I have six (yes, six) speed freewheel SIS shifting on my mess around road bike. Can anyone tell me if 7/8 speed SIS compatible chains will fit ok, or should I be looking for a specific 6 speed SIS compatible chain?

Don't blame me for the six speeds, it was a freebie bicycle :^)
Danged newfangled bike!Humma Hah
Apr 14, 2003 3:36 PM
Why, when I was a boy, Schwinn introduced the 8-speed derailleur in this country (2 x 4), and then they went and increased it to an even more ridiculous 2 x 5! That thing you've got is plain NUTS, and you ought to convert it to a singlespeed, and use 1/8" chain on it!

It should work OK with 7-speed chains, but once you get up in the 9-10 speed types, they're too skinny.
Brandfordbike might carry them. nmsn69
Apr 14, 2003 4:10 PM
Thanks guys!Nigeyy
Apr 14, 2003 5:10 PM
I went to Branford bike and noticed they describe SRAM PC55/57/59 chains as 6 speed compatible. I think I'll go with one of those.

Yep, six speeds are pretty rare these days -but it was a freebie and has index shifting so I really can't complain!
Are 6 speeds really that rare?MisJG
Apr 14, 2003 6:37 PM
My old bike, now a commuter, is six speed with 27" wheels. (89? Schwinn LeTour) Index shifting still shifts flawlessly, but if it didn't, it is convertable to friction! This bike carried me through years of training, touring and triathlons. Now it carries me to work and pulls my daughter in the trailer. Never needed more than six speeds. Sorry, off on a tangent. . .
Getting rarer ...Humma Hah
Apr 15, 2003 5:42 AM
... I bought a 7-speed MTB new in 1999, but 6-speeds are pretty much yard sale and flea market buys these days. And singlespeeders are snapping them up to convert to SS, something they're really well-suited for.

Why did you ever need 6 speeds?