Why I hate singlespeeding *a rant*
I can't pedal 10mi without dropping my chain 3 times.
It's driving me nuts. I've mentioned on this forum before - back when I broke my Vulture's EBB pinch bolt tab. I put a little too much elbow grease in tightening my EBB because it constantly slipped and threw the chain. I later learned it wasn't brazed properly which added to the failure.
Fast forward 5 months. Same issues are plagueing me. I've been lucky because I've been riding my cross bike trying to prepare for racing. Never-the-less, chain drops are the norm again.
I've done everything I can imagine. New cog, new chainring, differnet BB lengths, altered the chainline by 1mm increments, tightened the chain, loosened the chain, 3 different chains. It always binds and throws off to the inside of the rear cog. You name it.
It seems to happen in two situations: under heavy pedaling or when I just start to pedal after some fastish flat coasting or dh. ALWAYS derails to the inside of the rear cog - usually gets stuck between cog and spokes (I'm trashing my wheel). I'll feel it bind and jam then I'm fix gearing (cause the chain is stuck) around. Sometimes there's a snap sound. It's getting dangerous.
My recent conclusions: The damn frame isn't aligned right. I actually sent it back when I first got it because it was 3/8'' of an inch off in the rear. Wade said he straightend it. Maybe - it seemed straighter. Doesn't seem straight now. Maybe I'm wrong. Still, I wonder why my rear spacing is more like 137 or 138 vs 135? I can't imagine anything else. Maybe I flex the crap out of her? Feel free to chime in with your opinions. If anyone wants to see pics, I'll post them. Any part, any angle.
The strange part is that it didn't always throw the chain this frequently. Sometimes, yes but not at this extreme frequency.
Here's some specifics:
Frame: Vulture custom - steel - 1 year old
Cranks: Ritchey sq. taper Pro Logics - 5 arm
BB: Un-72 various lengths: 106, 110, 113
COG: Mosh 17T
Chainring: various 32T (real, engagement, qbp)
Rear hub: Novatec 36H single speed/disk, XTR 32H non-disk
Chains: PC1, PC48, PC58
I'm so frustrated right now. This bike was my big purchase last year. I was so pumped and now I'm HATING single speeding. I never had problems like this before with gearies (SSing for like 6+ years) or even my beater tape and glue frankenbike single speeds. Why? Maybe I cursed the gods of single speeding too many times, maybe I'm just dim.
End rant and I do feel a little better - until tomorrow.
Recovering Weight Weenie
Whoa! Man, I feel your pain.
Originally Posted by Carl Mega
My 1 year old Vulture has been pain free though. My problems stem from breaking everything I touch, it seems.
My frame seems straight, spacing normal, and flex free.
What a bummer.
Is there a way to measure for squareness?
(perhaps God isn't imaginary and is teasing you? )
If you've dialed the chainline, either the frame isn't right or your flexing the thing enough to walk the chain off, I've seen both. I had a bad chainline on my first bike and after the fifth chain drop I was so pissed I threw the bike down the side of a hill.
Replace the rear wheel (temporarily) to see if the problem goes away. If you don't have or can't make a spare check for: Excess play in the rear hub bearings. Make the quick release or bolts real tight.
Pictures? How about shot from rear showing that wheel is vertical when the frame is vertical?
all hail der Fuhrer Bush
I've seen some very expensive handmade frames with bottom bracket shells that were crooked. Even a Merlin or two. That could cause your problems. And it would not be apparent by checking that a perfectly dished wheel fits equidistant betwixt the chainstays and seatstays.
But if a perfectly dished wheel is installed in the frame so the rim is equidistant between the chainstays, and then up at the seatstays the rim is not equidistant between them, that is a clue.
As for taking out spokes, until you get the problem resolved, run a multispeed cassette hub with spacer and a single cog. Unless you're running off the granny ring position, that should give the chain all kinds of room inboard of the cog so if it derails, no damage will result.
Glad I never had derail problems with any of my fixers or SS bikes. I find my frames in the trash, and they all have horizontal dropouts, not fancy eccentrics.
I use shitmano uniglide "twist tooth" cogs exclusively on the SS bikes. maybe get one at harris cyclery see if it works for you.
Don't pay the $85 fee to ride land you own! Resist!
Your situation sounds frustrating indeed. You may have already ruled this out, but is your crank/spider/ring perfectly true? I used to have some cranks on which the spider wobbled from side-to-side just slightly, less than 1mm out of true. That problem cause frequent chain derailments.
Originally Posted by Carl Mega
I have a bike on which the rear dropout spacing was 145mm but it didn't have any drivetrain problems. The manufacturer said it was "within tolerances" and was rideable.
I CAME I SAW I CONQUERED
I too drop the chain when using a pc-1......
then i tried a pc-89r I had on hand and the problem stopped. The pc-1
I guess was to wide and just made it easy to come off the cog. I see
you tried a 8 spd chain as well w/no luck, I would think that would be
okay but maybe a thiner 9spd chain will do the trick.
I, myself sent back a fork that was out of allignment, and yes I had the
tools to tweek it but I paid for a fork built right not for one I had to make
right. If I bought a new frame and it was as you say yours was I would not
Good luck - VÈÑÍ VÍÐÌ VÌÇÍ ™.
"As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can."
-- Julius Caesar
One gear to rule them all
This might not be the best fix, but it should work. Put a larger cog (around 20t) to the inside of your Mosh 17t. Then when it trys to jump it will hit the cog and not your spokes, and hopefully stay on. You could grind the teeth off to make it look more sano.
The Park tool F A G - 1 will tell you if your rear triangle is out of alignment. It sounds like a good place to start. Take your bike to a shop and have them check, it can be checked fully assembled.
Todd............. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague
First, quick and dirty check..
First (if you don't mind me asking) how big are you and how much do you weigh?
Originally Posted by pacman
Next check the rear tire to see of it's centered between the chain stays. Assuming it is, take out the wheel and flip it around, re-install it and see if it's still centered. Assuming you have a trued wheel this is a good test where most chain stays go bad. One thing I have noticed is that EBBs flex more than standard bottom brackets. Another test is to align the crank with the chain stay and grab it with your hand; now squeeze and see how much you crank arm flexes.
It does sound like a tweaked frame.
Carl, I've never had a chain-drop problem with my Vulture but that doesn't mean that everything that's gone out of Wade's shop over the years has been perfect... maybe so, maybe not. While I can't exactly speak for Wade, I know him pretty well and I'm confident he'd be the first to say that if there's a frame alignment problem that originated at Vulture, he'll make it right.
If I'm wrong I'll eat my saddle.
I don't know where you live. Anywhere near Bend, Oregon (where Vulture is located)? If not, is there a local framebuilder near you that can check your frame for alignment? I'm no framebuilder, but based on what you've said the first two things I'd look at are (1) bottom bracket to see if it's square and (2) chainstay length to make sure they're equal. The possibility of the chainring and cog not being in the same plane exists; a knowledgeable framebuilder can tell you without going to much trouble if everything's square (that is, after you've gone to the trouble of stripping the frame).
Have you emailed Wade and if so, what did he say?
I don't envy you. I hate it when my bike isn't right and I can't figure out how to make it so.
Originally Posted by Carl Mega
What a great showing of support. Thanks. I feel like I'm on step 5 of a 12 step program. Well, at least I've finally admitted I have a problem.
Ok here's a few more details and comments (as I remember them)....
I am going to try a new wheel. Just on the possiblitity that it will help is worth it but it will be w/ a V brake instead of my usual mech disks. I don't care anymore. Please please please! I think my skewer is plenty tight but I may just try a new one of those too.
I'm 6'1'' and weight 185-190ish lbs (sometimes as little as 170 and as much as 195 depending on training - yuck). I do develop a lot of power because I'm a straight up masher. Torque, torque, torqueing my way up the hills. I do this a lot.
When I look at the rear end of the bike it seems out of alignment to me. Wheel seems cock-eyed to one side no matter if it's reversed or not. My suspision is that this is the problem. Time will tell. I used to work (as a mechanic - ha!) at a shop so the next time I'm there I will use the PT F@G. I guess I could use the string method too but I can't account for the user error with that (me).
I'm pretty sure my chain is trashed from the last derailment (today) so I need a new one of those before I can perform a real world evaluation.
I don't think the crank is warped but I will double check tomorrow. I will also try the EBB/crank squeeze test and take some pictures (with the wheel in normal and reversed). I think it's off. Opinions will be welcome.
Since it's winter and I have time (and other sports), if all these tests and trials don't yield any results I'm going to get the frame checked by a local builder and get their opinion.
My absolute last resorts will be to run a guide or sell the bike ;-).
Thanks again everyone.
Last edited by Carl Mega; 01-03-2005 at 09:47 PM.
Reason: can't say F-A-G
I had a similar problem on my bike with the DIY EBB conversion the first time around when the alignment (squareness) of the BB was way off. I mean like visually off. Here's how we checked alignment. Get a F@G and hold it flush against the face of the BB shell. It should run parallel to the downtube and seattube. You can clamp it down and measure if you're really anal, but if its far enough off to be the source of your problem, you'll probably be able to eyeball it. That assumes that the rest of the frame is straight. You can also use the same method with the rr triangle. The dropouts should be symmetrical when hold the guage flush to the EBB shell.
If that was unclear, let me know and I'll try to clarify.
I have to say, you can't beat the Bushnell EBB's. Why anyone persists with pinch clamp or set screw EBBs is beyond me. If you have a correctly tensioned chain, a good chainline, and SS specific ring/cog, you will not throw a chain. Ever.
I remember seeing your frame a while back with the busted pinch clamp. Try all the things I mentioned above and if you still have problems, at least you can cross those off your list and look at alternative solutions.
No longer member of the bike industry nor society, so don't hassle me.
Feel your pain dude
It sucks to have equipment not working up to its potential.
Just to be clear though, your problem is with a mechanical anomaly, not singlespeeding.
It does sound like a frame alignment problem though, maybe flex but I'd suspect alignment first.
IMHO, I'd dump the PC1 chain in favor of another PC58. I have never had good feelings out of a PC1.
Good Luck and hang in there.
The solution is out there, it's just a bike after all.
Last edited by Darkwing Duck; 01-04-2005 at 04:06 PM.
rear triangle alignment......
i assume that the wheel is "cock-eyed" towards the right chainstay, when looking from behind the bike? That combined with the fat PC-1 chain could easily roll the chain inboard of the cog. Take the tire off the wheel and then remount it in the dops and that should give you a good idea of the side to side alignment. It seems that, most of the time, when flexing is occuring in the BB area you will see the chain problems up front.
all single...all the time
cut like the fog.
had this problem before...
With my jericho. The first one I had, the rear triangle was welded on crooked. The right seatstay was almost 1 full cm above the left side. Have a look at the weld interfaces on the seattube and see if they are at the same height.
The second Jericho also had this problem as well and there were two reasons behind it. One was that the dropouts were not square and the wheel sat crooked in the triangle. I actually had to dremel a bit and correct it. It turns out is was mostly just excess powdercoat in the dropout. The second issue was the PC-1 chain. Absolutely the worst chain made. The PC-58/68 fixed that issue.
My third jericho has it's share of "issues" but nothing too terrible.
A list of things to check 1st.
1. eyeball the rim distance from either chainstay and see if it's different. If it is: check wheel dish, check dropouts for excess powdercoat, alignment.
2. Get rid of the PC-1 if you're using it.
3. Check to make sure the crankbolts are all tight with no play in them. (obvious one).
4. Try a different wheel (make sure it's true/straight) and see if it changes the line.
5. Get some fishing line or something you'll be able to get a bunch of tension on and tie it to a dropout. Wrap the line around the headtube and tighten to the other dropout. Measure the distance between the line and the seat tube and see if the rear end is "out".
If all esle fails, send it back to Vulture. From what I hear, Wade will make it right for you.
second the spider issue
[QUOTE=Nat]Your situation sounds frustrating indeed. You may have already ruled this out, but is your crank/spider/ring perfectly true? I used to have some cranks on which the spider wobbled from side-to-side just slightly, less than 1mm out of true. That problem cause frequent chain derailments.
I'm sorry to hear of your frustrations. I made a cog change one time before a loop on Slickrock and the new cog was an old uniglide with twist teeth...anyway, I dropped the chain every time I cranked hard....I was ready to throw my bike off a cliff even though I new it was only a 'parts' problem. And it was on my new custom Spicer EBB.
Having said that, I wouldn't throw out the idea of a bent spider on your cranks. Do you have another set of cranks you could throw on to test?
You must be young...
I hate to hijack this thread but as you get older you learn to stay away from absolutes. First Bushnell EBB's are heavier, more mechnaically complicated, and have a reputation of creaking when not properly maintained (which is required more often the other two you mentioned). There is certainly nothing wrong with a Bushnell, but they have their weakness(es) and strength(s) just like the other two. I happen to own the other two and have friends who own Busnells; none of us have had any problems with them.
Originally Posted by Thylacine
If the problem is a component problem you could right. I've never thrown a chain on my EBB Rocklobster untill about two weeks ago when a stick lodged in between the cog and rear cog and "tink" off came the chain.
Originally Posted by Thylacine
Perhaps you missed
If indeed the frame is tweaked than all the component tweaking in the world is not going to fix the problem.
Originally Posted by Carl Mega
As one who posts here from time to time states,
"The whole problem with the world is that fools are so sure of themselves while wise men are so full of doubt".
Same issue here
I just bought a Salsa Juan Solo, and I have been having the same stinking issue..good info in this thread on how to fix. After reading this I am wondering if I should get a SS w/ Hdrops. I wanted to get a SPOT but did not want to wait cuz I was so feed up with the 1fg and impulsively bought the Salsa. A friend has Hdrops and it does not really take that long to change a flat. Would anyone suggest a bike with Hdrops instead of using EBBs?
Again thanks to everyone with the good advice, I had a PC1 and replaced it with the same chain cuz I thought the chain was wore out. Well, I have lots of things to try-peace
Recovering Weight Weenie
H drops are never the answer.
Originally Posted by scanjok
locked - time out
Carl Mega -
You live on the Front Range - right? Talk to Justin at Bike Source near Highlands Ranch - he and a friend created a device that I am 98% certain will fix your issue - regardless of whether it's a frame issue or whatever - I'll go try to find a picture on the FR board and post it back here.
Last edited by s1ngletrack; 01-04-2005 at 02:33 PM.
Sorry to hear about your problems, but hopefully we can get to the bottom of it. Most of this is beyond my ability to diagnose, but I STRONGLY second the idea of trying another chain. Even if the problem is elsewhere in your frame or componentry, my limited experience with wide BMX chains jibes with the other above opinions.
I've had my PC-7X derail at high RPMs on a number of occasions in a bit over a year, despite perfect chainline, good tension and tall-toothed cogs. Also, after doing my internal hub project a few weeks ago I started having derailments left and right, presumably because the hub tends to creep forward unless its bolts are cranked down very very tight, loosening the chain. I switched to a PC-58 and the problem went away, even before I figured out just how tight I need to wail on the axle bolts. I'm amazed how forgiving this chain is of poor tension and/or chainline. Run it until you figure out the cause of your problem, and at least your bike will be more rideable.
Yeah, I live in south west area of the Denver suburbs. As far as guides go, that's a nice looking one. It may not fit on the hub (for a given chainline) I have but I'm keeping my options open. The right way or the wrong way, I bet that would work. Thanks.
I'm in the process of working on the bike right now. After the last chain jam issue, I definately will scrap the chain and it looks like the Most 17T cog bent. I think this happened when the chain wedged between the cog and spokes - took me (and another person) about 10 minutes of yanking to get it out. Guess the extraction came at a price. It *would* be great if it was bent all along and that was the issue but I'm fairly certain that it was straight until yesterday. Since I only have a 16T cog laying around, I'm a 2:1 guy again.
The bike is all stripped down and the rear end doesn't seem as much out of alignment as I thought. It actually seems pretty straight on the seat stays but there is a difference in the inside clearance on the chain stays (left vs right). That's what I've been noticing - make sense? I didn't see any cracks and everything seems sturdy. It is possible that the frame's drive line is aligned relative to itself. I need to get to the shop and use the F@G to find out for sure. I'll snap some pics today and post them when I get a few extra minutes.
Thanks again for all the advice. It does seem like other people have problems similar to mine so I'm sure this discussion is helping others as well. Fantastic.
locked - time out
Yeah - I realize that it's kind of a bandaid fix, but figured it beats the alternative (given that I interpreted your first post correctly and that the most obvious alternative is to run over your beloved, yet wayward, frame with your car).
Originally Posted by Carl Mega
For what it's worth, the guide is assymetrical and could be flipped to accomodate varying chainlines - it worked great when I used one on my Pitbull. The downside is that they are asking $50 for them, which seems a bit exorbitant to me, but if it works....
You said it. One of my good friends who works at an LBS has a Ted Wojcik frame that's not quite right. It's not SS, but he says it's still very noticable. Too bad Ted's not building anymore.
Originally Posted by bulC
Complexity = trouble
I can't understand why anyone would want an EBB on a bike (except a tandem).
They add weight, remove rigidity from the bottomend, and seem to be a maintenance issue. An EBB is SS bling.
I know an EBB isn't all that complex, but if your bike had track ends or sliding horizontal dropouts you wouldn't have half this trouble.
I suggest you dump your frame and get something like a Surly 1x1.
Spend your time riding, not fiddling.
Not necessesarily the case.
Originally Posted by datako
I have an EBB with disc brakes and I have ridden it hard for over a year now.
I have touched it twice in that time. Once to replace a chain and once for its yearly cleaning/slathering with grease.
All things mechanical have the potential for crazy stuff and everyone knows of someone who has a horror story to tell.
No single design is always better than the other and each has merits and liabilities.
So true it hurts.
Originally Posted by s1ngletrack
Recovering Weight Weenie
Originally Posted by datako
I disagree with EVERY SINGLE COMMENT of yours.
You claim the EBB adds weight? Maybe, but a negligible amount. Plus, that difference is negated once you have to carry an 8mm allen with you to adjust track bolts.
You claim that the EBB removes rigidity? How so? 'Cause the shell is bigger? Some manuf. are using the 1.5" headtube since it increases rigidity up top. You are saying it magically reverses physics when you drop it low? No way.
You claim they are a maintenence issue? Funny, all my maintenence issues STOPPED once I got rid of the track ends.
In my experience, horizontal drops = Slipping. Fiddling. Hassle. Worry. Maintenence.
In my experience, the EBB = Hassle-free chaintension that never needs work.
Let's not forget that the EBB means never having to align your rear wheel or set up a brake time after time.
We might be able to see eye to eye on the sliding vertical dropouts..although you referred to them as "sliding horizontal dropouts." They seem to be a great alternative to horizontal drops, curing almost completely: slipping, fiddling, etc..
Here's some pics.... I think they are close to useless but you, the good people of the single speed forum, will get an idea of what we are dealing with.
The first pic is of the trashed spokes on the hub. They'll eventually need replacing. In terms of troubleshooting I've determined -> 1) axle is straight 2) freehub is functioning 3)bolts are tight and 4) skewer functions normally
The second pic is of the rear dropouts. You'll notice it's about 2mm too wide. I have no idea when this happened. Not sure if it makes a difference.
The third and fourth pics are of my wheel chain stays. The wheel is w/in 1mm of dish. You'll notice there is a difference in the space between the rim and the stay relative to each stay. Again, I'm not sure if this makes any difference.
The fourth pic is just a top view. The wheel sits squarely and appears to be equi-distant from each stay. Reversing and reinstalling the wheel had minimal effect.
Other things I've checked: 1) crank and BB doesn't seem to flex in any bizarre way 2) chainring bolts are tight 3) no visible cracks 4) rear end seems pretty rigid 5) spider and chain ring are straight
I still need to do the real check by using a F@G. I'm less certain the frame alignment is causing the derailments. Perhaps I've over looked something in the drive line. I've tried so many things my head is spinning. Another possiblity is that the EBB slippage causes the first derailment and then a part (say chain) is damaged and that causes the subsequent and more frequent derails and jams.
My order of operations are:
1) check frame alignment as best I can - rear end & BB shell for squareness
2) new chain, new cog
3) re-evaluate chainline and reinstall everything
4) test ride (weather permitting)
5) if I still have issues - try a new wheel and retest
6) cross fingers
Last edited by Carl Mega; 01-04-2005 at 04:58 PM.
I did own a 1x1 (right before this frame) - it broke. I liked the 1x1. Cheap and rides well. I gave it to a friend who had it rewelded and it's back in use.
Originally Posted by datako
The geometry on the Vulture is more to my liking. Of course, that doesn't matter if it's virutally unrideable. Still, EBBs should be a no-brainer. I'm not sure what my issue is - it may be unrelated. FYI, Main reason *I* wanted an EBB was to run disk brakes reasonably.
Nothing wrong with a Surly, I just bought a Karate Monkey but she's going to be a gearie. It's hard to do long distance touring on a SS. YMMV.
You have got to be kidding. I spend way too much time fiddling= with my Karate Monkey's fork ends and/or disc alignment, especially now that I'm swapping two rear wheels back and forth for commuting vs. MTBing. An EBB would really be nice right now.
Originally Posted by datako
I will warantee your frame if you would like.
Dang, Carl, I'm bummed you have has such a hellish time with your bike, In the year plus since I built your frame I have come a long way in skills and tools, what hasn't changed is my dedication to the frames. I can measure the heck out of frames for alignment now with a tandem size alignment table, If your wheel is out of plane with the frame, your chain will surely skip off. A park frame alignment gauge will not tell you if this is the problem. That said, I haven't had anyone send me frames back for this problem. Out of about 100 frames I've gotten back two broken chainstays, one ebb pinchbolt boss and two cracked seat tubes at the seat post slot clamps. I reinforce all seat tubes now with a nice sleeve, I use nicer chainstays and as far as the bosses go I have only had one returned to fix and have heard of one other. At this point, I personally prefer set screws, and those bosses are welded not brazed. Anyway I'll gladly warantee the frame, I stand behind my work and have been striving to do a better job every frame, I wasn't born perfect but I'm trying like hell. Since I got the frame alignment table no frame goes out of the shop out of plane more than 1 mm, and most are just plane dead on. I check the alignment on all of the tubes and I put a dummy wheel in the frame to check out the dropouts. I would also like to mention that I dont cold set the alignment of the frames either. I have a way to miter tubes way accurate , I center line tack the frames in the jig, then I check the alignment, then I weld the tops and bottoms of the joints, then I check the alignment then I seqeunce weld the sides of the tubes, Main triangle first, chainstays, then seatstays. I check alignment one more time before paint. Thats how I do it, its not quick but the frames are super strait. Thats the deal, all frames are lifetime warrantee for the original owner whether you like it or not.
Carl, I feel your pain fella!! When I finally got around to converting my Bontrager this last Spring, I had nothing but problems with the tossing the chain.
First off, I didn't want to ruin the alloy freehub on the Hugi-equipped wheel that came with the bike, so I cannibalized an XT cassette (also came on bike...plenty of miles) down to where it was only the 18t cog and the alloy carrier. I spaced it properly and tightened 'er down real good.
It all started with throwing the chain off from the chainring...odd. While riding I noticed the chainring wobbling. Checked chainring...OK, perfectly flat. Culprit: Double Barrel spider's tabs were machined without regards to a perfectly spinning disc. I used shims a'la Busch Light on three of the tabs and got it very close. OK there then.
Next I began throwing the chain at the cog, but I don't remember which way. Really noticed the actual wear on the old XT cog. I began to focus on what was happening drivetrain-wise while riding and came to the conclusion that the rear wheel was flexing so greatly that it was throwing the dish and trueness of the wheel off under cranking pressure. Decided that it was time to try my first rear wheel build. Built 'er up real true and tight, spaced a DX cog on the now steel freehub body, and back in bidness. I literally cannot throw the chain!!
All this said, worn components can play a part in the issue, but I really believe that in my case it was the old, untrue wheel, alloy freehub, non-SS-friendly cog set up that was derailing my riding. It's all beefy back there now and I've been happy with it. This is just what happened with my situtation, and wouldn't really have much to do with a misaligned frame.....but I DID notice in your one picture that, provided you had the same tension on your tape, the second pic shows that your dish is off by at least 0.125". I don't know what version of grenades you play, but in wheel games, that's out of dish by quite a bit in my book...which could be contributing somewhat to what I went through due to the spokes not being tensioned enough on the drive side and allowing the hub to wobble slightly (and it wouldn't take much) and possibly throwing the chain before it has a chance to begin wrapping around the cog. I truly hope you get it worked out! Nothing spoils an SS ride like incessant chain tossing.
If your dropouts are too wide then when you tighten the quick release the chain stay bends, right? So that bending can trade off between the left and right stays, moving the cog, and causing a chain throw. I'd put a spacer so that you don't bend the stays when tightening down.
As far as needing a stiff wheel, I stopped myself from suggesting that because the cog is attached to the hub, not the spokes and rim. A stiff wheel is good for riding, but you should be able to cut the spokes and have the cog stay in place.
No I'm not...
No, I'm not kidding. Adjusting the chain tension on track ends is stone axe simple and quick. Been doing it for 50 years now, and if the whole job of removing and replacing a wheel takes more than a minute, something's wrong. (Maybe need a bigger hammer )
Originally Posted by GlowBoy
However, I've just seen Vulture's post, and you can't beat that sort of service, so stick with your Vulture frame.
Good service. I didn't really expect any different - the reputation and all. Thanks for the offer, I may take you up on it.
But I can't figure out why the bike throws the chain - that's part of the reason I posted here. Looking for help and grasping at straws. If I could isolate the frame as the reason for the jams, I certainly intended to give you call. IMHO, just calling you and sending it back isn't very dilligent on my part - esp. if I'm having another unrelated problem. That said, at one time or another - I've changed virtually every single component in the drive train. Maybe it is time. Esp if I can't evaluate the rear wheel squareness on my own.
I'm torn between just sending it back and have you check it out and me giving it another round of tests w/ a new chain, cog and possibly a new wheel. I'll be in contact via e-mail to get your opinion.
It may take a while, 7.5'' of snow at winter park and falling. Woo-hoo.
I wasn't clear in my earlier post. The wheel itself is within 1mm of being perfectly dished. It's the chain stays that are off. About 1/8+ish. If I flip the wheel, roughly the same offset is observed. Perhaps this is the reason for the drops? I don't know. Enough to speculate on.
Also, I have to agree with the poster below: while a stiff and properly dished wheel makes a difference in the ride quality - as long as the hub is properly secured and straight - how the spokes and rim are attached shouldn't make a difference to the drive train and it's performance.
Recovering Weight Weenie
Haha! Well, mine was built 13 months ago...before your fancy new shop/tools, new ninja-like skills, and magician painter... and is still going strong! Yippee!
Originally Posted by vulture
I bet no one has stays as "nice" as mine!
I'm with you, Wade, on the pinch-bolt issue. The Bushnell seems like an overcomplication to me. I think the pinch-bolt is too simple for some, who want a more futuristic set-up. Anyway, thanks again on the great frame.
75% Mountain cycle
Now that's service!!!!
Wade - you are the Man! You sold me - I'll be saving up for a Vulture next!
Let Wade take a look at it again.
Carl I know it's been said already in this thread, but I feel your pain. It absolutely sucks when your pride and joy is letting you down.
I have a Dean that started life as a disc braked gearie. Wade put a set screw EBB in it about 6 months ago and I'm totally happy with it. I have three friends on Vultures and they really enjoy them. (Wade, I'm sure Mark and Amanda say hi. I havn't seen Nat's yet but he said he really dig's it.) The guy is way cool to deal with on the phone and is obviously passionate about his bikes. I'm sure it would drive him nuts to think he had a bike out there that wasn't right.
My last S/S was a Bianchi SISS with horizontal dropouts and slotted disc mounts. It worked good but had some quirks. You had to loosen the brake caliper to get the wheel out if you had your chain adjusted so that the wheel was in the front of the dropouts. The head tube was on the loose side so I had to lock tight the headset cups in. It also had kind of a dead feel. I had a Gunner Ruffian before that that I loved, but I wanted disc brakes.
Bla, Bla, Bla, what I'm getting at is I've had alot of S/S's. My opion is if you want disc brakes the EBB is the way to go. If rim brakes do the job stick with horizontal dropouts.
I agree with everyone about the PC-1 chain. It's crap! That's the only time I threw a chain on a dedicated S/S. I also don't like the idea of putting an 1/8" chain on 3/32" cogs and chainrings. PC-58's & 68's were pretty good but I was still breaking them every couple of months. My favorite is the KMC 610, it's a 3/32 track chain, super beefy! They're a little hard to find, I got mine from a BMX supplier.
Good luck Carl!
Cold. Blue. Steel.
Wade is on it...
i understand all you are going through, and nothing is more frustrating. but Wade has chimed in and will do whatever it takes to get your bike riding properly; that is HUGE!
other than the inconvenience of being without your frame for a time, you will be guaranteed a frame and bike that are just right. plus, i am sure Wade feels crappy about your bike being less than he is used to creating- and he wants a shot at making it right.
not too many companies would be so personable and hands on with an issue like this. give him a chance and end your frustrations! (no, i do not know Wade. though being an artist and craftsman myself, i always want my creations to be the best.)
I'm sure you've checked this but....
Chain line. I know, very rudimentary, but you know how many times messes with a "broken" appliance only to find it was unplugged.
I see you've tried 3 spindle lengths but you are still dropping to the inside of the rear. Maybe a 118 mm might solve the problem.
Yeah, Wade stepped up. Props to him. I still don' t know if the alignment is the issue but I think I'm just going to send it back and see what the builder has to say. I'm not looking for a new frame or new parts - I just want to ride without dropping my chain. I'm sure he has some insights. You gotta love good customer service.
A big "THANK YOU" to everyone who put their 2 cents in. Can you feel the love? Lots of genuine sympathy was felt from this end of the PC. I appreciate that.
For now, I'm going to take this discussion off-line with Wade and co. I'll eventually post what happens. The cause and solution should be interesting: frame alignment, flex, wheel/hub issue, chainline, parts combo or strange twists of fate.
Time to close this rant. Thanks again everyone.
PS: Winter Park was awesome today. It was more like 12 inches of powder.
I agree up to the point of actual lateral and driving forces on said, less than perfectly true wheel. Any flex at the axis of motion will be multiplied the further out on the radius it gets. I may be slightly incorrect in terminology here, but am quite educated in centrifugal motion and how it's properties are purported throughout the rotating motion. That said, it is possible that the magnified distortions via hub flexation under torque could be the finite cause of chain throw in other than 'perfect' conditions of your drivetrain.
Originally Posted by Carl Mega
Ughh, me brain hurts now.
Maybe it's the miller lite.
I'm trying to understand...in more layman's terms (meaning: dumbed down for me) if the hub is point of deflection then it will be transmited to other points farther out - ie: the rim. Sounds right to me. But I don't think it works in reverse. Just because the rim is out of true or dish - it won't have an meaningful effect on the hub or more importantly the cog and drivetrain. I can't see how the reverse would happen. Maybe if the hub is not secured but once its's clamped down all the forces of an out of whack wheel should be transmitted to the hub and then to the frame and then 'poof' - gone - dispersed and absorbed. I don't know. Maybe you can explain.
**edit** I just re-read your message and may have missed your point entirely. Feel free to correct. It's the beer. I swear. **
I forgot to mention earlier (I was rushed) that I enjoyed your description of your trials and errors regarding your own chain drop issues. Glad you sorted them out. I'm next. Maybe.
Last edited by Carl Mega; 01-05-2005 at 09:27 PM.
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