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post #1 of 11 Old 07-07-2013, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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So I have adjusted the chain and now during inspection, while i roll the bike, at one point the chain is extremely tight and as I continue to roll the chain loosens. What is the problem?
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Probably time for a new chain. Is yours OEM? How many miles? Do you do maintenance?

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What is the problem?
It's binding in one or more places - to get around the front sprocket, the chain has to flex quite sharply to get around the corner - your chain doesn't want to do that, is resisting the bend, and as a consequence it's making the chain look tight temporarily. When that grumpy length of chain is in a straight line, between sprockets, the chain suddenly looks loose again.

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How old is the chain? Could be a kink somewhere or worn out. I would roll it around and inspect for kinks or missing o-rings. If you roll it to the tightest spot and adjust it, will it be way too loose in the other spot? If so, and you don't see anything obvious, it may be time to replace.

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No idea how old it is, but the p/o is my brother's brother-in-law, i'll find out about that tomorrow. I've got a 8 mile ride home, is it safe to ride like it is? There's nothing more I can do for it tonight.

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Ride slowly and carefully if you have to...

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I would be ok about riding it, yes, with a degree of caution...Have you got some lube you can spray on it at the moment, to help it along?

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I've got white lithium grease, which is what I use anyway.

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Ok, well, I'd smear some on, and head off, taking it easy and sticking close to the kerbside, just in case.

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Ok, well, I'd smear some on, and head off, taking it easy and sticking close to the kerbside, just in case.
It's probably not THAT serious...but on the other hand, a chain separation can do some serious damage! (Dangerous too).

Just try to avoid jackrabbit starts...take it easy on your way home and then make sure it gets fixed. It probably makes a clicking niose when you're riding along. Am I right?

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It's probably not THAT serious...but on the other hand, a chain separation can do some serious damage! (Dangerous too).

Just try to avoid jackrabbit starts...take it easy on your way home and then make sure it gets fixed. It probably makes a clicking niose when you're riding along. Am I right?

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No clicking, just a constant rattle from the chain. The whole time home I just kept thinking how big of a gash I was going to have from the chain exploding.

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