Chain Tension Question

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9/15/2013 5:02 PM

I was just curious about how tight i shoul have my chain. Cuz i looked back at how my shadow snapped and noticed i rode it SUPER tight. I now have the kmc hl710l and im curious about this one now.

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9/15/2013 5:13 PM

Any half link needs a very fair amount of slack
But either way it sucks

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9/15/2013 5:19 PM

So would you say about a pinch of slack?

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9/15/2013 5:27 PM

I don't exactly know how to put it. Post a pic of your chain slack and ill give you my opinion?

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9/15/2013 5:37 PM

I give mine no more than 1/4 inch of play when tensioned, and no less than 1/8.

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9/15/2013 5:40 PM

dave lawrence wrote:

I give mine no more than 1/4 inch of play when tensioned, and no less than 1/8.

This. 1/4" of slack movement is perfect

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9/15/2013 10:29 PM

Half links suck but for any chain if your cranks can still spin fairly easy for like 2 seconds with a hard spin and the chain doesn't have too much slack then you should be good idk how to explain it tho haha just gotta feel it.

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9/16/2013 5:34 AM

I used to love riding with a tighter chain,then I fixed a flat the other day and my chain was SUPER tight, to the point that it made it harder to pedal. So anyway yeah, 1/4 Inch of play is best

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