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    I need help with chain tension, please.

    Sorry- I just don't feel like searching.

    I had the shop tighten my EBB, and now the chain is hecka tight. I mean tight.

    Is there such a thing as too tight? Seems like it's so tight that there's drag on the pedals when I spin 'em backwards.

    Yeah, I know- learn how to adjust it yourself. I know, I know.

    fp

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    Learn how to adjust it yourself...y'know, y'know?

    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte
    Yeah, I know- learn how to adjust it yourself. I know, I know.

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    I wouldn't worry unless it put a drag on the cranks when you spin them. The pedals aren't affected by chain tension.

    When did you start riding SS?
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    That sounds way too tight, finch. Some BMX guys like to run their chains like that but I like mine so there's about 1/4" of slack in it. You gotta spin it to find the tightest point (chainrings are not concentric) and tighten it there so when the chain is at its highest tension there is a tiny amount of slack. Good luck.

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    Yes; and too tight is bad..

    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte

    I had the shop tighten my EBB, and now the chain is hecka tight. I mean tight.

    Is there such a thing as too tight?
    fp
    Your chain should not be so tight that is binds in any position. Since crank spiders, chain rings and cogs are not perfectly round, you need to turn the crank arms as you tighten the chain to make sure is not too tight anywhere in the rotation of the chain ring. The result of a too tight chain is premature wear of the drive train and/or destruction of your bottom bracket and/or hub. EBB are very easy to adjust, tell us what kind you have and we'll help you.

    1G1G, Brad

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    too tight

    Maybe i'm wrong, but too tight seems to put unnecessary wear on bearings. i think i blew out a freewheel with a tight chain when i started SSing. same with a rear hub bearing. now i like to leave enough slack so that everything spins nicely.

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    i have to readjust my EBB like every 3 weeks or so as the chain stretches

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    Thanks, all.

    I rode yesterday (S. Yuba) w/ Big Boulder, and his chain was as tight as mine, so I didn't let it bother me. Plus, he's learning how to adjust the EBB, so he can teach me later.

    Here he is, on his Cannondale 1FG- doesn't he look like he's having fun?

    For the feller who asked, I have a On-One Inbred that Jed built for me. It's pretty sweet, actually. It's a wee bit small, but doesn't seem to affect anything.

    Thanks again.

    fp
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