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    Is it ok to have a little slack in the chain?

    I have sliding dropouts and the rear wheel is a bolt on and I was wondering after I have tightened up the bolt, I still have a little slack int he chain. Does that matter or should I not worry about that?

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    I have ridden MONTHS with a worn chain. Still no skipping. Now when you get a new freewheel , then you ]have to buy a new chain. Does that help?

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    You should have a little slack in the chain or you will cause excessive wear in your drivetrain (bearings and sprocket teeth). Just don't want so much that you would be in danger of your chain coming off while riding.

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    That helps a bunch. I just picked up a 22t cog that I might switch out for the 20t that I am currently running, but I have extra chain links. Plus, this is a brandinew bike, so it hasn't seen much yet. Thanks.
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