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  • I normally have absolutely nothing bad to say about BLB, but this weekend they were rubbish! Went in to see if they had a universal connector for my chain, and they told me the chain I said I had did not exist? Now, I am not the most knowledgeable, but I know what things I buy! They tried to help me with a piece of chain, but it was wrong, but surely they should know about chains for single speeds?

    Well, gonna pop up to Canvendish and see if they can get me home tonight?

  • I think I may have one in my tool box I'll take a look tonight if I remember.

  • can you just pop a link out and connect it back together with a chain breaker?
    I have personal issues with those connecting devices

  • on the chain issue i bought a new one on saturday and it appears to have a screw in link which saves the hassle of breaking the chain but should i be using it ? is it strong enough / as strong as a proper chain link ? will it give up on me the first time I try a track stand ?

  • dicki, what chain is that?

    i rode with one of them a couple of years ago and had no problems with it whatsoever. and of all chain marrying gizmo's that is by far the least hassle - i should have made a note of which chain cos it served me well and i have no patience.

    as for blb - sometimes they good sometimes they bad

  • hi jonny still have the box at home will get details as it does seem by far the best chain to break i have ever had all you need is a screw driver easy to break no strain on chain and if it is reliable a good step forward in chain technology

  • If the KMC pic is the correct one then I've used several of those - sure they're a BMX chain - but they are tough. I think they use the same quick-link as the Miches.

  • Cool, got a snap connector from Canvendish, will pop it on after work and see how it goes.
    I don't have my link splitter here, keep forgetting it!
    I have a HKK Vertex for the Fixed, that is a screw connector, will see how that works for me.

    That is the right pic fella, it's BMX/singlespeed, been a sweet chain, just popped the connctor!

  • The moody bird in there was so moody with me the other day and can't see myself going back in there for a while

  • Ha ha, which one?

  • just had an great 'conversation' with bossman jan at lunchtime...I was asking him for a chainring adjustment quote, and he kept on telling me that if I wanted to tension the chain I just needed to pull the axle back in the dropout...he even came out with the classic "maybe there is something wrong with me that I do not understand"

    this is after they fit a dura ace crank that ground a little groove out of my chainstays...hmmm...oh yeah, and with loose bolts, and not adjusted ("we can do nothing, it is oval")

    I don't think they know what they're doing, anyone else get this impression?

  • I don't think they know what they're doing, anyone else get this impression?

    yea, pretty much everywhere I go in London...

  • this is after they fit a dura ace crank that ground a little groove out of my chainstays...

    That is shocking!

  • it is fucking shabby, on an aluminum cannondale it's enough to make me worry about potholes

    major stress point no? or am I overreacting?

  • no wintermute, that is definitely shabby.

    sigh...

    I think blb is going downhill. I'm sure you all know full well about my crank debacle. Jan is a nice guy, and was very understanding in sorting out the crank trouble, but it seems to be happening worryingly regularly now!

  • well, this was 8 months ago, I've done 1500miles on south london streets with it grinding, and only recently replaced the cranks (it was starting to worry me having heard bad things about alu)...but it's still wrecked a lovely frame from a peace of mind point of view.

    all just depressing predictable, they appear to have more interest in saving face than safety

  • i'm tempted to go in there now and start pointing at things and asking "how much is that?",
    "and that one over there?", "how much is a wheel for a bike?" "do they do them in gold? I want a red one,how much?" "if i buy that one in the window can i have gears on it?" etc etc until the moody ones head explodes from an apoplexy enduced aneurysm.

  • @asm: that angle grinder story sounds spot on, I've worked in a garage, and I'm not a wuss when it comes to stressing components, but watching the way blb worked made me super uneasy, sorry about the cranks

  • did you know it was hitting at the time it was done and continuted to ride it? or this happend over time?

    well, this was 8 months ago, I've done 1500miles on south london streets with it grinding, and only recently replaced the cranks (it was starting to worry me having heard bad things about alu)...but it's still wrecked a lovely frame from a peace of mind point of view.

    all just depressing predictable, they appear to have more interest in saving face than safety

  • I knew it was, but figured if they were ok with it(and I pointed it out at build time, only to be dismissed as overly paranoid)...it started to gnaw at me, so I changed it...but it had done most of the grinding work on the chainstay by the time I'd got it home on day one :s

  • i won't use blb again as they returned a road bike to me (after an £££ upgrade / service) with a good half inch of lateral play in the rear wheel.

  • I went in and bought a saddle once, on the way out they called me a fat little cunt cos I nicked a sweet from Jans bag

    You decide.....

  • it's 'pls' not 'please'.

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