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Old 05-26-2013, 08:36 PM
bigbutterbean bigbutterbean is offline
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Location: Lebanon, PA
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Default Re: Two items that could save your life

I require a tensioner due to my gearbox design (4 stroke) as stated above. Even without the necessity due to that, matching chains on a beach cruiser is not always possible. Having a spring loaded tensioner transfers the force of the chain from the idler pulley to the spring. Where would you rather have the force directed, to the spring, or to the cheap little plastic idler wheel, and run the risk of having your tensioner pulled into your spokes? The spring takes that force and converts into moving energy instead of static energy. I use a hub adapter, but still don't want my tensioner pulled into my spokes, and a properly installed spring tensioner is far less dangerous than a static tensioner. Just because a hardtail might not necessarily NEED spring tensioning, does not mean that it will not work or will be unsafe in any way.
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