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Thread: Chain slack

  1. #1
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    May 2009

    Chain slack

    I recently popped my chain off the rear cog when accelerating from a stop.
    I have done some maintenance on my bike, and last I checked the tension was pretty good, but after the chain popped off, I realized how terribly loose it was. I'm wondering if the chain possibly stretched in the time I've had it(only 100 miles or so), or if maybe I just didn't torque everything enough that keeps the chain in place. My bike is a redline monocog, which has horizontal dropouts.

    When the chain popped off I cut my leg up on my pedals a bit, so I'd like to avoid that in the future.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2007
    they say an inch up/down. you might want to make sure your chain has not stretched too. also, that your bolts are tight on the back so the wheel does not move within the dropouts.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2008
    Also make sure you put the wheel on straight. A loose chain should not necessarily come off unless your chainline is slightly off.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2006
    As you turn the cranks, your chain will have tight spots and loose spots. I always tighten my chain with it in a tight spot, and set it to barely have play in it.

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