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Chain Monkey tension adjuster

I saw this tool, anybody using it?

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Interesting, but simple enough tool... It'd be relatively easy to make my own.

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Interesting, but simple enough tool... It'd be relatively easy to make my own.

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What's with the monkeys, though? Chain Monkey, Gas Monkey Garage, Monkey Wrench Racing, Wrench Monkey Parts... I hate monkeys.
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Trunk monkeys are cool.
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Neat idea, but it seems like it's trying to make chain tensions a one-size fits all and that's not good. Depending on the swingarm angle, tension can vary a lot between different bikes. Maybe I'm missing an adjustment to the fixture??? I agree with Fly-Sig, Trunk Monkeys are cool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8oP...&nohtml5=False

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Neat idea, but it seems like it's trying to make chain tensions a one-size fits all and that's not good. Depending on the swingarm angle, tension can vary a lot between different bikes. Maybe I'm missing an adjustment to the fixture??? I agree with Fly-Sig, Trunk Monkeys are cool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8oP...&nohtml5=False
How does it make chain tension a one size fits all? It adjusts from 0.5-3" http://www.tru-tension.com/wp-conten...ion-Manual.pdf


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How does it make chain tension a one size fits all? It adjusts from 0.5-3" http://www.tru-tension.com/wp-conten...ion-Manual.pdf
ive never seen a bike that says to have 3" or more of chain slack. have you?

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ive never seen a bike that says to have 3" or more of chain slack. have you?
I haven't, nor have I seen a bike with less than .5" which is where I was confused.


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I haven't, nor have I seen a bike with less than .5" which is where I was confused.
aive seen a couple pit bikes with .5" chain slack recommendation

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Sorry - I missed that feature.

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How does it make chain tension a one size fits all? It adjusts from 0.5-3" http://www.tru-tension.com/wp-conten...ion-Manual.pdf

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ive never seen a bike that says to have 3" or more of chain slack. have you?
Yes - back in the '70s and '80s when I raced dirt, w/ 12" rear suspension travel.

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Sorry - I missed that feature.
No worries, I was just confused is all!


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you have the distance between 2 points in the beginning, and then you create a triangle by pushing the bolt.
your old distance is the base of the triangle, and the slack is the other 2 sides of the triangle, directly dependent on how much you push the screw.

visually the distance seems 100mm. if you push the bolt 10mm, the new length will be 50.99*2, so you increased the length by .99*2=1.98mm

The slack depends also on the length of the chain.
I guess it works better if adjust it once, check to see the slack is good, write down the value for the tool. Next time should be a lot faster.

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I rarely ever need to readjust my chain tension... This tool would only make it more of a hassle monkeying to get it the hell on there without having to loosen the chain more first. I can quite well do without it.

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I take a Popsicle stick and mark 3.5 cm on it with a pen. Easier to hold behind the chain than ruler, easier to see marks than a ruler, and you can throw it away if it gets grease on it.

Within the context of Chain Monkey's cost vs convenience it would seem to make sense for anyone doing a large amount of chain adjustments like a shop, but at $35 US plus $8US for international shipping it would not seem to make economic sense for the home user who might only do 2 chain adjustments a year.

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I have friends who are addicted to tools just because they're shiny. I like shiny, but this one doesn't have enough to tempt me.
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