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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:26 pm 
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Quick question: how long should I expect my 1/8" chains to last? I expect it to stretch a bit but I only seem to get a couple of hundred miles out of them before the rollers are all rattling. Am I buying the right type of chain for riding fixed or do I need something a little more heavy duty?

Everything else is in order, chainline is correct, 1/8" sprockets front and back and I don't run an excessive chain tension.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:02 pm 
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Couple of hundred miles, somethings wrong there, IMO.

What chain are you using?
I used to use a 1/8 chain, but use a 3/32, couldn't see any benefit in 1/8?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:10 pm 
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Well the last one was a £2.99 cheapy off eBay, but this one is a YBN jobbie from Cycle Basket. I guess it was still only £4.50 though. I've used the bike a lot and I ride quite hard, but I doubt I've clicked up much over 500 miles on this chain.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:42 pm 
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Personal opinion only, but 1st thing I'd do is try a KMC chain, or similar reputable brand. I'd imagine a basic one is only 6-7 quid ish? Then if that wears quickly look for any other issues?

I bought some innertubes from a pound shop recently, thought I'd got a deal. The valves on them are rubbish tho.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:52 pm 
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I've just been reading around and it seems like it's quite normal to have to replace a fixie chain 3-4 times a year. Come to think of it, it's been on there for 7 months so maybe it's got more miles on it than I thought. Good that you've mentioned a KMC chain as well, I've just ordered a Z510.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:16 am 
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This is my recently finished CBT Italia. It has Gilco tubing but I've no idea what sort of tubes they are - the fork has a Columbus sticker and it's a nicely put together frame. Got it for next to bugger all, the paint is chipped and it was a horrible mess of odd parts, so this is an improvement.

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The crankset is Mavic but the l/h crank is Campag GS. Hubs are Mavic and the rims are MA40s, tyres are Michelin Dynamic. The stem is a Bianchi-labelled ITM and the bars are just cheapo things from the LBS. Calipers are Campag, brake levers are BMX and the bell is from my '76 Dawes and has "Chamberlaine - London" stamped on it; I think that's the bike shop that the Dawes came from. It's a nice light bike with a comfortable riding position and the bell helps get strolling pedestrians off the cycle-paths as I'm bearing down on them.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:51 pm 
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Regarding my rattly chain. I haven't put the new chain on yet but I have heavily oiled the old one because it was running dry and... it's now completely silent :oops: :roll:


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My new non-retro bike


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Frame- Dolan pre cursa 52cm
Wheels- Miche pistard
Cog- Andel cro-mo 17t
Crank set- strong light, 46t, 165mm
Chain- Izumi
Tyre, rear- Vittoria randonneur 28c
Tyre front- Panaracer pesela 23c
Pedals- System-ex EM9D?
Straps- Exus double leather
Toe clip- Zefal
Stem- One23 90mm
Bars- Scott pilot cut to 52cm
Grips- Odyssey (i think)
Saddle- San marco bioaktive


Ill get some drops or bullhorns next month.


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I went into Tokyo Fixed Gear yesterday lunchtime. With all the internet hype and legendary hipster following, I was expecting track stuff everywhere, hip hop playing, cycle couriers, graffiti, polo covers, someone doing fixie stunts in the shop... but I was a bit... disappointed :cry:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:02 am 
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Ever since i ordered my Wald basket from them i haven't like them, who ever delivered it just left it outside my front door, it was left there all day, could of easily been stolen


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