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Any tips on how to get tension into my chain on my Boardman single speed? is it just a case of pulling the wheel back hard then quickly tightening my nuts?
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a chain tensioner that mechanically pulls your wheel back and keeps it there is what you need. They are common on BMX's but you want one for a 10mm axle. Here is a link to one that surly do and it also has a bottle opener on it?!
It's not just about the size of your cog.
posted by TRs Blurb n Blog [270 posts] 10th February 2010 - 10:09
On my track bike I always just put my hand in between the wheel, downtube and seatstay area, then clench my fist to force the wheel back. It is easy to then use the other hand to cinch up the track nuts whilst keeping your hand clenched to maintain the tension.
Don't go too mad on chain tension though, it needs to be tight enough to not want to jump off, but not so tight it restricts the free running of the cranks.
It is usual that some part of the drive train, either chainrings or freewheel/sprocket aren't completely true, so you will suffer from some tighter and looser spots in the chain rotation. Adjust it to the tightest spot, other wise it will get very tight over that area of the rotation and cause rapid wear to the drivetrain.
Complicating matters since 1965
posted by DaSy [644 posts] 10th February 2010 - 13:10
Many thanks,pay day next week so a little Wiggle shopping may be in order.
posted by manonabike [19 posts] 12th February 2010 - 13:36
You don't need a chain tensioner if you have a nutted axle. You can "walk" the axle along the fork ends by loosening one of the nuts, pushing on the rim of the wheel to move the axle, and tightening the nut back up. I learned this from Sheldon Brown's website, where you can read a more detailed explanation.
two wheels good; four wheels bad
posted by cat1commuter [1289 posts] 12th February 2010 - 13:59
Why is this in "Classifieds" BTW?
posted by cat1commuter [1289 posts] 12th February 2010 - 15:26
posted by Dave Atkinson [6931 posts] 12th February 2010 - 15:30
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