Neat chain tensioning solutions? [Single Speed]
Not a spring loaded tensioner, but a bolt up one with a roller? My DMR simple tension seeker basically went onto an old drivechain, almost straight to full adjustment, been fine ever since. I occasionally retension it, a bit, to feel like I am doing something. But as it is always at full tension it really is pointless, it just keeps working…Posted 4 years agofasthaggisMember
I would go straight to a tensioner.Posted 4 years ago
My mate and I had SS bikes last year,he went for a BMX chain and half link adjustment,I went for a tensioner ( non sprung roller )
I fitted it so that it pushed the chain up ,rather than the push down examples that I had seen.
My theory was that it would keep more chain on the rear sprocket.
He lost his chain a lot ,I didn’t 🙂
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!Posted 4 years agoOCBMember
That ^ BB mounted version looks neat.
I use a mech-hanger mounted DMR STS, and a half-link chain, and it’s worked well in all kinds of mud / water. It’s running over a Surly chainring and a Surly cog, both of which are pretty hefty with long teeth so it gives me no trouble, but I have had problems with a halflink chain not really sitting very well on narrower rings.
Posted 4 years agobreadcrumbSubscriber
I presume some of these bb mounted tensioners are on iscg tabs and use the slotted holes for adjustability?
How do they work without tabs? Just clamp up?
I used a regular BB style Stinger, just nipped up in the right place. The roller is on a slot, that’s always gave enough tension as a chain has worn.Posted 4 years ago
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