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Thread: Dropping Chain

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    Dropping Chain

    The other day while cleaning my drive train I took off the small chain ring and derailleur from the front of my 08 Komodo. So, I am running a 1*8 now. Great, because I never used it and I would always hit the shifter on accident and switch gears when it was most inconvenient. Now, I keep throwing my chain when it is most incvenient. I am guessing this is because of the low tension and lack of a derailleur to keep it in place. I don't have the money for a big bucks chain guide so I was wondering if the Blackspire Stinger Chain tensioner will do the job. It has a price I can afford and great reviews. What is your take?

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    Did you remove the front or rear derailleur? If you still have the rear, you'd have tension, right?

    You may want to double check the length of your chain. Too much slack sometimes means it has too many links.
    Joe
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    Nope.

    You need something that will guide the chain when it's at the top of your chainring. That's where it derails.

    If you don't want to bolt extra money to the bike, just restore it to how it was. Or use the front derailleur and lock it in place with limit screws. The other low-cost option would be to use an inexpensive chain device (I have the Third Eye Chainwatcher on my 'cross bike, as a backup to the derailleur) and bash guard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    Or use the front derailleur and lock it in place with limit screws.
    +1. Cheap and easy solution. You already have the derailleur.

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    Get an N-Gear Jumpstop. It costs like 10 bucks and I've used one on several 1x setups without issue.

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