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    basic chain question

    For a single speed bike do I get a dedicated ss chain?

    I did search and some say that a multi speed chain is stronger.
    Yet others say that I should use single speed specific as 8 or 9 speed chains have different profile to allow for ease of shifting on the cassette.

    I would think a BMX chain would be best. Look at the stress those chains are under !

    In the end as long as I get a 3/32 pitch to match the cog and chain ring is one a better rchoice than the other?

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    I run 8 speed chain on my SS. No durability problems, they're cheap, and I can run a widely available quick link (KMC or SRAM) to make maintenance easier.

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    All bicycle chains are 1/2 in. pitch, 1/8 or 3/32 refers to the width. The only reason to go with a 1/8 chain (IMO) is if your chainring and sprocket are also 1/8 in., if you use 3/32 sprockets then you are better off using a 3/32 chain because they fit the sprockets better (no side slop) and are generally much higher quality than 1/8 in. chains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    All bicycle chains are 1/2 in. pitch, 1/8 or 3/32 refers to the width. The only reason to go with a 1/8 chain (IMO) is if your chainring and sprocket are also 1/8 in., if you use 3/32 sprockets then you are better off using a 3/32 chain because they fit the sprockets better (no side slop) and are generally much higher quality than 1/8 in. chains.
    2nd.

    You can find high quality track chains in 1/8" width though.

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    basic chain question

    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    All bicycle chains are 1/2 in. pitch, 1/8 or 3/32 refers to the width. The only reason to go with a 1/8 chain (IMO) is if your chainring and sprocket are also 1/8 in., if you use 3/32 sprockets then you are better off using a 3/32 chain because they fit the sprockets better (no side slop) and are generally much higher quality than 1/8 in. chains.
    My favorite singlespeed chain is the Wippermann Whitestar 108. Strong, long lasting, works fine on 3/32 rings and cogs.
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