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I have been running the 13/38 gear ratio and have had a lot of good times with it. I'm going to be doing a lot of open road riding this weekend, so I wanted to switch to 14/36. I changed the gears and went to tighten down the chain and ran into a problem. Now it won't tighten down far enough, there is WAY too much slack. What do I do? I have never shortened a chain with o-rings in it. What is the best way to solve my problem? Thanks

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since the way your talking makes this sound like its a temporary thing, i would just go get a roller chain the lenght you need. i would not cut the o-ring chain if what your doing is only temporary. im not sure, but i think the roller chains are fairly cheap!
 

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in all reality you are only dropping one tooth over what you had, that should leave plenty of room for the proper adjustment of the chain unless your has streched quite a bit. you can get a chain breaker and remove a link or two and should still have plenty to go back to your 13/38. I would double check and make sure that you have no adjustment left, one tooth should not be that big of a difference.
 

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i believe that there are differences in production that make the chains different on each bike. when i went to the 14/40, many people said that the chain wouldn't be tight enough, but i can still make it very loose. i too think that if i went 14/36 i couldn't tighten it enough. it is probably too late now, since you already bought the 36, but if you left the 38 in the back and went to a 15 in the front, you wouldn't have the issue with the chain being to loose - just my 2 cents - james
 

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I just added a 13T sprocket and had to remove 1 link from the chain so I could get it to tighten up. You could shorten it up to fit and then get a section with another master link to put back in when you change your sprockets back and need the added length.
 
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