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Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« on: 05.09. 2014 09:55 »
Need to replace the 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain.

Any recommendations as to makes that give good longevity and the best place to buy in the UK?

Should one stick to the std imperial size or go for the 530 size or does it really not matter?

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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #1 on: 05.09. 2014 10:27 »
G'day Sprint.
5/8 x 3/8 is 530. Just a good quality (Regina, DID, Reynolds) std or HD. O and X ring chains are too heavy and rob too much power. Chain with a joiner with clip are easier to replace than the new rivet type. Use the old chain to guide the new one on.
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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #2 on: 05.09. 2014 10:44 »

 
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(Regina, DID, Reynolds)

...or Renolds.... *smile*
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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #3 on: 05.09. 2014 10:47 »

 Sorry, it's just a bitch to go looking for something that isn't spelt the way you want.... *conf*
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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #4 on: 05.09. 2014 11:50 »
 *lol* *roll* *red* *lol*
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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #5 on: 05.09. 2014 11:55 »
I would of spelt it with a Y as well *bash*
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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #6 on: 05.09. 2014 13:35 »
Made me go looking for the correct use of "spelt", which is confusing enough. Going past that, Googling "reynold" chain or, even, "reeynald" chain immediately finds "Renold plc".

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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #7 on: 05.09. 2014 13:52 »
spelt  and spelled both correct - the one I hate is texted, sound like the effort of a five year old, also a kind of wheat.

Perhaps not the same as the original, does happen  as in Triumph with a slightly different tail
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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #8 on: 05.09. 2014 16:03 »
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Any recommendations as to makes that give good longevity and the best place to buy in the UK?
I would steer clear of Reynold chain. It really is not the product that it used to be. Regina chain seems to last well. The best advice I can you give is to contact the chain man. He will give you good advice. He knows his subject well, and his delivery prompt. The chain man comes highly recommended  by everyone that has dealt with him. I do believe that he often goes to club nights doing seminars on chain.
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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #9 on: 05.09. 2014 18:28 »
First of all, "Chain Man" seems a great guy. About Regina, I looked at their site and their chart jumps to O-rings for 650 cc. With Muskrat advising against O-rings, I wonder which Regina chain would be best for our lot.

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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #10 on: 05.09. 2014 19:27 »
Thanks for the replies and advice.

Thought that the 530 was a metric equivalent of the imperial size, but clearly not.

Will give the Chain Man a ring and see what he recommends.

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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #11 on: 05.09. 2014 19:47 »
"O" ring chains will last longer than std but usually have thicker plates making them wider and may rub in some applications. They are also stiffer to bend/roll which uses power meant for driving. Our 650's put out about 30-40 HP, modern 250's do about the same.
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Re: Replacing 3/8" x 5/8" rear chain
« Reply #12 on: 06.09. 2014 00:07 »
For real longivity you need to buy two or more chains so that you can have one chain on the bike and a nice clean lubricated one ready to replace it.
I use a 3 chain rotation, 1 on the bike, 1 in the grease tin and one in the degreaser.
I boil the chains in Duckhams ( similar to Linklife ) and strongly recommend this method.
Chains are dead easy to pull through by connecting old to new and pulling through.
Sprockets on the other hand are a right royal PIA to replace so it becomes a no brainer.

By regularly removing the chains and cleaning them thoroughly you actually look at them properly so will catch any problems before they catch you out and reward you with a long push home
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