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    My god how hard can it be?

    I am a complete chimp when it comes to anything nearing mechanical which is one of the main reasons why I ride SS. I have recently purchased a surly 18t cog and installed it no problems. Now the problem seems to be chain skipping I have replaced the old chain, I've sorted out the chain line. I have discovered stiff links and sorted them. I am using a surly tensioner. I'm losing hair, I just want to ride my bike I have spent way to much on tools, chains and rubbish to try a sort it out it isn't fun.

    My local bike stores are not single speed friendly and have been unhelpful I'm at a loss.

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    What speed chain are you using?

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    BMX 1/8th chain

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    How is your chain tension? Can you remove any more links to get it tighter?

    Does the chain skip all the time, only under heavy load, only during rough sections...?
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    New chain and cog... how is the chainring?

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    From my understanding, the surly tensioner is just eh. Tensioners like the DMR or Rennen are supposedly pretty solid. This is just from riding buddies, as I have sliders.

    Also, is the chain slipping on your front ring or the rear cog? Is your front ring ramped/pinned or is it a dedicated ss?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmouse
    BMX 1/8th chain
    Surly recommends using a 8 or 9 speed chain on their cogs.

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    What was the original set up?
    Tensioner pushing up or pulling down?
    And it can be very difficult, which is why there are mechanics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcgoy
    Surly recommends using a 8 or 9 speed chain on their cogs.
    I run a 1/8 Shadow half link on my 3/32 rear surly cassette cog and Blackspire 3/32 SS dh ring. I've never had any issues aside from a bit of noise.

    Although not ideal, a 1/8 chain in a SS setup on 3/32 rings won't hurt you aside from chain ring wear and noise.

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    LWright's probably onto the crux of it... tensioner pushing down reduces chain wrap and promotes skipping, pushing up increases chain wrap and reduces the likelihood of chain skipping.

    Years ago when I employed a Singlator on my converted frame, I could not achieve adequate tension in the push up mode. Had to jury rig an additional spring attached to the seatstay (via the rear der housing stop). Wasn't too long before I invested in a dedicated SS frame.

    There are some awesome SS frames for cheap out there these days.

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    Bob, can you post pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    LWright's probably onto the crux of it... tensioner pushing down reduces chain wrap and promotes skipping, pushing up increases chain wrap and reduces the likelihood of chain skipping.

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    i third this motion

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    Quote Originally Posted by axcxnj
    i third this motion
    Agreed- this is the most likely problem.
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    it's all about the gear inches
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    1/8 chains to 3/32 cogs or rings is okfine.
    what about the front ring?

    if you are using the ring from your stock triple i'd bet that's your damage.
    otherwise post up some photos of the setup. it won't take anymore then one of the people commenting to this point to really narrow it down.
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    My bike is now with a bike shop out of town, a single speed friendly place. Its being set up by people who know what hey are doing for about 10.

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