When I had my burls bikes made I got the chainstays just the right length so that I could use regular links with my preferred ratio.
My track bike also behaves with a 50x15.
My commuter however demands that I use a half link. Up until now I’ve been buying individual links for about £5 a pop which is half what I pay for a chain.
Is there fundamentally any reason not to just buy a half link chain and just split a link off every time I fit a new chain?
Individual half links originate from half link chains. The factory makes the chain and a man with a tool splits them up. His union won’t like it but if you buy a chain and split it yourself, you will cut out the middle man.
Sounds good; thanks.
In my experience, half link chains are a cunt and a half to split. It's like the pins are peened more thoroughly or something and I don't know that I've ever managed to split one and remake the joint.
Hmmm, maybe I’ll just change the ratio for something that works; it’s only a 20 miles a day bike so doesn’t have to be perfect. I normally ride 48x19 on the road but 45x18 will work with full links and it’s almost the same.
Do you discard the half link every time you change the chain?
I think I’ve assumed that in the average chain of >100 links, a worn half link was <2% of the ‘system’ and wasn’t enough to worry about.
As per the other thread about chains though, I do also replace my chain pretty frequently so it’s not like my half links would ever get really knackered.
Good point; I do indeed discard them. I also change chains frequently. Probably about every 1000 miles on average; less on the winter bike and that’s still with meticulous cleaning.
I’ve never got how people claim to get thousands of miles out of chains on fixed.
I use a geared bike on zwift and while it obviously doesn’t go outside, the chain has done at least 15k miles now and is still good according to the gauge…
How’s the tension on your fg?
As loose as is safe on the road going bikes. Positively baggy on the track bike.
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