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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-13-2017, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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I have been experiencing some strange noises from my bike. I have adjusted my chain a few times. Today I made some spool adaptors for my hf stand. When I got it on the stand I realized my chain goes from 3+" of slack to 1" of slack. Its like a tight spot. When I spin the wheel it is very noticeable. I am used to shaft drive bikes so this is new to me. Is this common?
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I have been experiencing some strange noises from my bike. I have adjusted my chain a few times. Today I made some spool adaptors for my hf stand. When I got it on the stand I realized my chain goes from 3+" of slack to 1" of slack. Its like a tight spot. When I spin the wheel it is very noticeable. I am used to shaft drive bikes so this is new to me. Is this common?
Yes, when the chain is shot. I use trip A and Trip B, every 500 KM I lube the chain, every 500 KM I reset trip A and B. Sometimes Trip B is my lube KM and A is my total KM driven, although I usually use my GPS for distance recording.I use Dupont multipurpose lube or Dupont chain save, some use WD 40, some diesel fuel, some kerosene ,scottoiler, you get the picture
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Thats what I figured. I bought it last spring and have put almost 3,000 miles on it. It has almost 20k miles now. I have been adjusting/ lubing it every 400-500 miles. What brand should I look for?
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I installed a new ek x-ring chain today. I also bought a rivet tool, slack setter and an alignment tool. I must have spent an hour cleaning spray wax buildup from the chain area. It was right full of grease and gravel/sand. It was a bugger adjusting the chain. Every time I tightened the axle nut it was either too tight or too loose. I finally got it with the proper slack and straight but it was too late to go for a ride.
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Did you do sprockets too

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I did a 14t front sprocket about 1,000 miles ago and the back sprocket looks fine. I also have a brand new 15t front sprocket hanging on my tool wall.
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When I got it on the stand I realized my chain goes from 3+" of slack to 1" of slack. Its like a tight spot.
I think this happens when there are some "sticky" links that do not straighten back out after orbiting the countershaft sprocket. When some are stickier than others, they are effectively taking up extra slack.
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