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  1. #1
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    Oct 2009

    Half-link chain for SS

    Need a chain for my SS and came across a half-link chain? Are these any good or should I stick with a regular chain? I have vertical dropouts so could I eliminate a chain tensioner with this type of chain?

  2. #2
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    May 2008
    Half link chains work just as well as regular chains.

    The easiest way to setup the drivetrain for SS without the tensioner is to see if you can get the magic number for the chain ring and sprocket tooth count.

    A little bit of experimentation is required. Use a regular chain and add a half link to it if necessary. The half link actually consists of one inner and one outer plate pair.

    A partly worn chain, or links from a partly worn chain can also be used to attain that perfect chain tension, but make sure that the model of chains are identical.

    When I build SS bikes, I usually aim for a 32/16T, 32/17T, 38/17T setup, but may have to go up to an 18T sprocket if that gives me the magic number.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2007
    Gusset makes a nice half link chain ... I run a 34/16 with this chain and no tensioner
    I used to ride to Win ... Now I ride to Grin

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