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    I made a Biopace looking ring

    Out of my Surly Stainless 32t - Yep, lost a chainring bolt going over a log pile. It sounded like a small rifle shot. I thought I had cracked a twig or something. Really no difference in the going until I started to go uphill and was mashing on the pedals when, yep again, the chain skips. Skips? I says to myself, and give everything a once over, not noticing the bolt missing. Everything looks ok, so I take off uphill and the chain comes completely off while mashing it. Ouch. I had just put on a Boone 20 t and was on a test drive. Luckily, there was a bail-out road back to my car and the chain would stay in place if lightly pedaled.

    So, my question is, does anyone use locktite on their chainbolts? I am thinking blue locktite. I have never lost a chainring bolt in my ill-advised, unglorious, debt-ridden life. And it sucks. I checked the bolts about 250 miles or so ago and they were good. New ring on order, the old one is deformed about a quarter of an inch, and it doesn't want to go round again. I believe I could weld up a jig and force it, but I would not trust it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badlander
    So, my question is, does anyone use locktite on their chainbolts?
    Yes.


    Quote Originally Posted by badlander
    I am thinking blue locktite.
    I use Red loctite. Like Brylcreem, "A little dab'll do ya."
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeMojo
    Yes.

    I use Red loctite. Like Brylcreem, "A little dab'll do ya."
    Personally, I'd go blue. Red may work, but blue is more appropriate for the job. No reason to use a higher strength than is necessary.

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    Only grease on my chainring bolts.......never had a problem for over 20 years..... just check them every so often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanetti
    Only grease on my chainring bolts.......never had a problem for over 20 years..... just check them every so often.
    There are 20 bolts on the bike, and the only loose ones were 2 chainring bolts. I don't know why. They are the only aluminum chainring bolts I have on any of my bikes. I have changed out chainrings many times and this is a first. I am going to do a dab of the red when the new ring gets in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badlander
    ... They are the only aluminum chainring bolts I have on any of my bikes...
    Have you considered sticking with steel bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by badlander
    ... I am going to do a dab of the red when the new ring gets in...
    It's your bike so you da man. But personally I would not go stronger than blue. There's a lot of surface area on chainring bolts. With red, I'd fear that they'd never come apart again.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badlander
    I am going to do a dab of the red when the new ring gets in.

    Rick

    Red or blue.... I am not going to get into any heated discussions on it. I use ONE drop of red on the backside to hold the chainring 'nut' onto the ring. I have had no trouble removing them after using the red.

    I use this on my SS and my fixie. My geared ride I don't need it. I just check them every few rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeMojo
    ...I use ONE drop of red on the backside to hold the chainring 'nut' onto the ring. I have had no trouble removing them after using the red..
    That is a heck of a lot different than using Loctite on the threads.
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    My experience...

    Singlespeed + steel bolts + blue loctite = no problems

    I've broken aluminum chain ring bolts and had both steel and aluminum come loose w/o loctite. I'm only 160 lbs.

    No problem changing rings with blue loctite on the threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    That is a heck of a lot different than using Loctite on the threads.
    Sure is. I'm with Sparticus. I wouldn't go stronger than blue. That's just me though.

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