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    Chain tension-on the SS

    Started riding a single speed seriously now and I am finding that at the beginning of each ride, the chain is nice and taut. By the end of the ride it is all sloppy.
    It is not a converted single speed and it does have the horizontal drop outs so it's not that-It's a Solo one.
    Would a chain tensioner thing help with this? Or is this normal and I just have to keep pulling the wheel back & re-tightening after every ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMG
    Started riding a single speed seriously now and I am finding that at the beginning of each ride, the chain is nice and taut. By the end of the ride it is all sloppy.
    It is not a converted single speed and it does have the horizontal drop outs so it's not that-It's a Solo one.
    Would a chain tensioner thing help with this? Or is this normal and I just have to keep pulling the wheel back & re-tightening after every ride?
    Does the axle move or does the chain stretch (wear)?
    What brand of chain? I switched to KMC and it doesn't wear as fast as a SRAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacman
    Does the axle move or does the chain stretch (wear)?
    What brand of chain? I switched to KMC and it doesn't wear as fast as a SRAM.
    I believe the axle is moving-not really chain stretch then I guess. The chain is in fact a KMC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMG
    Started riding a single speed seriously now and I am finding that at the beginning of each ride, the chain is nice and taut. By the end of the ride it is all sloppy.
    It is not a converted single speed and it does have the horizontal drop outs so it's not that-It's a Solo one.
    Would a chain tensioner thing help with this? Or is this normal and I just have to keep pulling the wheel back & re-tightening after every ride?
    I don't know if you could get a tensioner on there even if you wanted to (you don't want to) because there's no derailleur mount. I have to rotate my EBB to retighten my chain every few rides. Can you put a tugnut on there?

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    Sounds like the axle on your solo one is moving a bit. Something like this http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=1401 or similar should fix your problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klutter
    Sounds like the axle on your solo one is moving a bit. Something like this http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=1401 or similar should fix your problem.

    Thanks. I bet that will work. I am going to get one and see if it fixes the problem.

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    Idea! Try a SRAM PC-1 chain...

    In my experience, KMC chains are the equivalent of rubber bands (at least the stock ones they put on Bianchi singlespeeds). Slap on a SRAM PC-1. If a poor chain was the issue, you will then be good to go!

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    Two things

    The Solo-one comes with a crappy chain, at least the 2004 I had did. Get a good chain, I prefer a PC7X it's better quality than a PC1 though a PC1 will probably do.

    Also a tuggnutt is critical, at least on the drive side, you will probably never be able to keep the chain tight without it, unless you are a small guy who generates very little torque. The Surly is nice, but any number of cheaper ones will work OK.
    Two Wheeled and Too Big

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    also check e-bay, some guy on there sells redline tugs in pairs for around $12. Not as sexy as the Surly but they work fine, I have them on my Fetish..

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