View Full Version : Thank you!

09-14-2011, 08:23 AM
The bolt holding my chain together broke this morning just north of the Washington Sailing Marina. It's a long walk from there into DC (especially in socks), but all the folks who checked to see if I was okay or just said good morning as they passed made it a positive experience.

A particularly big thank you goes out to Sam who doubled back and let me skitch off his rack from the middle of the 14th Street Bridge until 14th and G. I really appreciated your help. It also makes this story that much better when I retell it this evening to my kid.

I'll be paying this forward.

09-14-2011, 09:14 AM
Nice! Humanity might have a little hope after all.

Do you need anything to get home? I might have a link and I definitely have a chain tool. Connex White Star is my chain of choice these days, but it should fit most fat fixie chains.

09-14-2011, 09:22 AM
Much appreciated, but right now I'm planning to just do the walk of shame---ie, take the bike home on the Metro---and sling another screw in. I use Izumi Vs on both my bikes and have always found them reliable.
Stupid thing is, when cleaned the bike last weekend, I looked at the bolt and asked myself if I should be replacing it and possibly the chain.
Question answered.

09-14-2011, 10:15 AM
I'm trying to figure out what the bolt holding your chain together is.

09-14-2011, 10:21 AM
Rock on! Or maybe Walk on. ;)

09-14-2011, 10:24 AM
I'm trying to figure out what the bolt holding your chain together is.
Some track chains use a screw to connect the master link. For the folks with legs the size of tree trunks they tend to be much stronger. If you've ever seen someone break a chain during a keirin race, you know how painful it is to have a chain failure.

I'm cheap. I use the German chains that are significantly stronger than roadie chains, but have a 3-piece master link that, though not as strong as the Izumi chains, are pretty rock solid and cost 1/3 as much.

I'm thinking that I might have to go to a half-link chain to get the chain length right for the 48x15 gearing. Any suggestions for a good one OneEighth? I've got a KHE (non hollow-pin), but I'm wondering if the KMC might not be a better choice. KMC seems to have a better rep.

09-14-2011, 10:43 AM
I use Izumi halflinks. Other than the hassle of pinning them into the chain, they have worked fine.

I think my habit of using this fixie for hills shortened the bolt's life. Gotta say, the chain "stretched" quite a bit in one year.