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Hi, all. Just got my first SS, and wondering how do I know when the chain is properly tensioned? Use the "deflection test"? (eg. push on the top of the chain and it dips by 1/2"... or whatever is the proper distance.)

And how long do ya think it'll be before I toss the freewheel and try fixed??? (I'm already mentally preparing my wife to fund the switch...) :D

Thanks, all!


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i like about a 1/4 inch of lateral movement in my chain. any more and i get nervous. any less and the drivetrain makes funny noises.

regarding the free to fixed conversion. can you consider exchanging your new rear hub/wheel for a fixed/free double sided hub? that would allow you to change at your leasure and avoid backlash from the misses.
 

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As for the chain tension -- it's especially important it doesn't get too slack if you DO go fixed, since it's much more likely to come off during, um, anti-pedalling to pedalling transitions.

As for "prepping your wife for the cost," dude, how much does a flip-flop wheel cost? Just get that, sell the one you've got, and then you have both...
 
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