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    single speed chain tension?

    Hello -

    Today I bought my daughter a new, steel, 16 inch, single speed from REI. When we got it home the chain was really loose and the training wheels were kinda loose.

    Without being to verbose, I can't seem to get the chain tight, and simultaneously line the wheel perfectly straight. When I get the chain tight and the wheel bolts on the wheel is always slightly off center. Then of course the chain is pulling at a funny angle and the cranks lock up.

    Thank You for any help!

    Craig
    happy hour is over, and I need two more gears.

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    Shorten the Chain
    Or tighten both nuts at the same time
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbcraig
    I can't seem to get the chain tight, and simultaneously line the wheel perfectly straight. When I get the chain tight and the wheel bolts on the wheel is always slightly off center. Then of course the chain is pulling at a funny angle and the cranks lock up.
    If you aren't already doing this, try "walking" the back wheel into place. Face the back of the bike. Pull the wheel back and off-center. The front of the tire should be almost touching the chainstay on the drive side. The chain should be fairly tight. Tighten the axle nut on the drive side. Now push the front of the wheel to the left, centering it between the stays, and any remaining chain slack will disappear. Tighten the left nut. It may take a few tries to get the tension just right.
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    Sounds like you may be trying to get the chain too tight. There should be a small amount of play in it, not piano-wire tight.

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    Good job! Thanks Guys!

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Without my daughter standing over me with the look of dissapointment in her eyes, it lined up fairly easy.


    Maybe I need a SS for myself?

    Craig
    happy hour is over, and I need two more gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbcraig
    Maybe I need a SS for myself?
    dang right you do!
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