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    Chains and gear ratios..ARGHHH...

    Is it as simple as using a quick link on each chain?

    For off road I'm running a 32 x 20 ratio.

    For on road winter commuting I'm running a 40 x 20 ratio.

    The 32T chain is too short for the 40T and the 40T chain is too long for the 32T.

    So, do I have to quick link each chain for when I switch things up?

    OR....

    Do I just need to "man up" and ride the 40T offroad?

    OR...

    Is there another solution?

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    Quick link. I have chains with multiple quick links just for gear switches.

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    Turn it into a dingle if you're having so much trouble with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhSchitt
    Turn it into a dingle if you're having so much trouble with it.
    I'd have the same chain issues though.

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    why don't you run it with a chain tensioner? I'm new to this SS thing as well, so my questions may sound stupid to a veteran

    So I would think there are a couple of options:
    Run it with the tensioner, or you could run two cogs in the rear, and two chain rings up front.
    Find the combination that gives you the ratios you want, and give you the same overall chain length.
    It's kinda like how you control the RPMS in my Drillpress.

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    This brain fart may or may not work, but here goes

    Size the chain for the smaller gear. Use a quick link for connecting the ends.

    Using the leftover pieces from shortening the chain, now make a splice that extends it enough to fit the bigger gear. Use a quick link on one end of the splice.

    Now you can take the splice in and out with quick links - when running the small gear, there's only one quick link in the chain. When running the big gear, there'll be two.
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    +1 its the easist and cheaper way of switchin between 2 gear sizes. i run 40x16 for street and 34x16 for off road.

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    Why don't you get two gears with the same total amount of teeths? I used to run two rings and two cogs, 32/36 and 20/16. This way I can just swap gears with the same chain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ze_Zaskar
    Why don't you get two gears with the same total amount of teeths? I used to run two rings and two cogs, 32/36 and 20/16. This way I can just swap gears with the same chain
    Exactly the ratios I was just going to post (and the ratios I am setting up on my SS ) The 36:16 will be a faster street gear than 40:20

    driver, maybe you just didn't know exactly what a true dinglespeed setup is? If you choose two ratios with the same total teeth you can use the same length chain for both. Swapping gears would be as quick as loosening your chain enough to move it over to the other cogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ze_Zaskar
    Why don't you get two gears with the same total amount of teeths? I used to run two rings and two cogs, 32/36 and 20/16. This way I can just swap gears with the same chain
    Nice idea, if I didn't already have the rings that would be a novel way to do it.

    Quick link is $5, I think I'll just use that option.

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    Why not just buy two chains? BMX chains like the whipperman are so easy to take apart and put back together. I can use my car keys to take it apart and put back together. Bmx chains are so cheap compared to mtb too.


    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob
    Is it as simple as using a quick link on each chain?

    For off road I'm running a 32 x 20 ratio.

    For on road winter commuting I'm running a 40 x 20 ratio.

    The 32T chain is too short for the 40T and the 40T chain is too long for the 32T.

    So, do I have to quick link each chain for when I switch things up?

    OR....

    Do I just need to "man up" and ride the 40T offroad?

    OR...

    Is there another solution?

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