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    Chain tension not tensioner

    I built a nice SS gravel bike I ride on canal paths and other low climbing gravel paths. I had a tensioner on it I did not like, was doing some messing around and found I am right there at the "magic gear". it was a converted bike with vertical dropouts. I can easily take the wheel off with the chain set how it is now. I am just wondering though. the chain feels fairly tight on there. Is there a proper amount of chain deflection for single speed to know if it is too tight or too loose?
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    You should be able to back pedal with no resistance. Too much tension and the pedals will not spin freely. This will wear out the drivetrain pretty quickly.

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    To add to that, more than an inch total (not an in each way up and down!) and you are definitley too loose. You run the risk of dropping the chain.

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