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3/16 Chains
« on: April 06, 2016, 04:33:41 PM »
Was watching some of the older road fools (6 namely where Freimuth kept breaking his chain) and got to wondering when these officially fell out of favor. Anyone still running one?

Would be a cool throwback with kink and profile now remaking some of their OG sprockets


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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2016, 12:24:39 AM »
I broke my 420 chain as much as I break my shadow chain. I think the 44t diameter was a factor in hitting the chain as often thus the frequency of broken chains.

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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2016, 03:52:27 AM »
They were like a shit chain but bigger. A good normal chain (510HX) would last me longer. 415 and 420 (bro) chains still stretch, they don't have mushroom pins and they proper fuck your cogs and sometimes drive side seat stay. Believe me, I held on to that trend for fucking years after it was cool and as soon as I made the switch to a good normal chain it was better in every way.
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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2016, 04:28:04 AM »
They were good at grinding holes in seatstays, not much else.

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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2016, 09:00:49 AM »
The best part of using motorcycle chains is that they just look awesome. I had a blue Taj with chrome Profiles, a kink 44, and the biggest chain I could afford. Chicks practically threw themselves at me.

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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2016, 12:00:21 PM »
Keychain is all you need now.

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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2016, 10:40:50 AM »
Keychain is all you need now.
Meh, I'll stick with KMCs from now on. I've got a Keychain on one of my bikes and while it looks cool, there is nothing about it that justifies the cost. Traditional chains are easier to work on, plus you can get a whole new chain for the cost of a spare link for a Keychain.

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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2016, 04:50:36 PM »


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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2016, 07:54:46 PM »
i remember buying one not long after i started, spent 3 hours hacksawing it down to size and then it ran like shit on the gt cd sprocket on my performer (suprise suprise) so i swapped it for some other part which i forget what it was with a mate.

44-16 rhd was lame though, i broke my chain so much when i started riding, can see why motorbike chains were a thing before lhd gained more traction. its so much better these days with smaller gearing and shit like drive side hub guards
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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2016, 12:41:52 AM »
I had LHD+RHD in my street 'mountainbike' with 3/16 Motobike Chains.


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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2016, 01:00:22 AM »
Must have gotten out of fashion when micro gearing became the new norm. The reason for such chains went out the window and I guess they wouldnt even fit around 9t drivers.
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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2016, 03:27:00 PM »


LHD + RHD setup = one day joke that terrified some local riders and bike shop staff. Extremly heavy with two 3/16" chains and shitty (non heat-treated)6mm thick  steel sprockets. It was build based on ACS Southpawls 16t LHD frewheel imported from US. RHD used cheap Dicta/Liftu frewheel with lifespan of about 1 week.

3/16" chains fitted only 11t or bigger drivers. I used to run them with 24t (indestrucatble) steel sprocket for 24" wheels.


Anyway Im happy these heavy bastards are gone. They costed me more than proper bmx chains since I dammaged too many chain-tools.
510hx made by KMC or better PYC (e.g. Cult) it way better. Mushroomed pins, bla bla bla. Light and strong. Paired with perfectly round 7075 sprockets and proper chainline ---> WIN. No more broken chains (except few times a year ha ha ha).

btw.. today I ate concrete shit when my connecting link of 510hx exploded (which does not happen to often...). Hopefully I was TWO pedal strokes from local bike shop and they had some 1/8" connecting links. Which usually I can find here only online. what a WIN.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2016, 03:43:34 PM by erenes »

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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2016, 07:20:30 PM »
post more pics of parts and stuff youve wrecked by grinding on it again erenes, it amuses me
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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2016, 05:51:43 AM »
Erenes makes me feel like less of a man.
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Re: 3/16 Chains
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2016, 08:42:15 PM »
post more pics of parts and stuff youve wrecked by grinding on it again erenes, it amuses me
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Re: 3/16 Chains
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