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Chains

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by gambatte, 22 Jun 2008.

  1. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Types of chain and what gearings they'll fit.
    Shimano gearing
    Normally will a chain 'do' a selection of cassettes? e.g would a chain for a 8spd fit a 9spd?

    Reason I'm asking is I've got a selection of bikes, 8 & 9 spd. I've also just got 3 'scrap' bikes. Figured I'd have a go at doing them up a bit and make my mistakes on them. Now these are 7 & 5 spd and could do with new chains.

    Anyone got 'the knowledge'?
     
  2. bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    I have the same chains on 6,7 and 8 speed blocks. I believe that the spacing between the 9 speed sprockets is a fraction less so a thinner chain is necessary especially when not using friction changers
     
  3. OP
    OP
    gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Nice to know, I've got a 'spare' 8spd chain. I'll pop that on.

    Anyone know about the 5 speed?
     
  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    5 speed will take an 8 speed chain.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Sorted!!
    Ta guys.
     
  6. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    Since we are on the subject of chains. I have a Shimano HG chain. Cassette (8 Spd) is not worn, but I'd like to replace the chain as it's done shy over 1,000 miles and is well grimed up.
    Can I swap it for a SRAM chain with a powerlink? I think the answer is yes, I just want to make sure first!
     
  7. OP
    OP
    gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Just to expand, they're all 3 old Raleighs.

    A ladys tourer a 'Weekender'
    2 hybrids - Firepower Trident
    - Activator

    They don't seem anything 'special', I can remember seeing loads of Activators years ago. Can't see anything online about any of them.
     
  8. longers

    longers Veteran

    Plax - that's what I'm running on my commuter.

    8spd SRAM for 8spd Shimano no problem.
     
  9. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    Cheers longers!
     
  10. byegad

    byegad Guru

    Location:
    NE England
    Yes just buy the 8 speed SRAM chain.