Join Date: 05-03-2002
Location: Montreal, Quebec Canada
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Re: tight chain
I had a similar experience back in July after I got caught in a seriously heavy downpour. *Parked the bike without drying the chain, and didn't ride it again for several days. *Went to adjust the chain the following weekend and discovered two tight spots in it. *I rotated the back wheel until the chain was at its tightest, then adjusted the slack to minimum specification, 1.5' of free play. *Worked fine, except that chain chatter reared its ugly head, then grew progressively worse over the next several weeks. *Adjusted the chain once more (only slightly) and lubed regularly, but the noise problem continued to grow slowly worse. *I ordered a chain and sprockets in mid-August. *I'm STILL waiting on the back-ordered sprockets, so I've had to live with a sloppy, noisy chain for quite a while now. *It's affected the bike's 1st gear behavior somewhat, amplifying its tendency to 'hunt' a little between 3000-4500 rpm. *In the back of my mind, I've been fearing catastrophic chain failure, and worse. *Never happened, and all moot now, 'cause the bike's about to be stored for the winter.
I suspect your drive chain will be reasonably useable for the balance of this riding season, Rigger. *It's not unusual for a chain to wear unevenly, as stated in previous post.
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