I'm currently working on a single speed project. I want to keep it simple so don't want to install too many moving parts. To tension the chain I have two options:
1. Add a half link to my existing chain
2. Install a spring loaded tensioner
I would prefer to go with the half link as it is a much neater solution. The only problem is the likelihood of the chain stretching and causing looseness. My chain has been used for some time so I'm guessing it won't be as prone to stretching as a new one, given I don't fit it on too tight. But I could be wrong?
If the former doesn't work I would buy a chain tensioner and use that. Though I would prefer to use the half link! I don't mind the 'hassle' involved either because I have the tools and I enjoy working on my bike!
Anyone tried this before? Please let me know of your experiences. I'd appreciate any help or advice. Thanks!