[TheThinkTank] Buying chain in bulk

Stuart O Anderson soa at ri.cmu.edu
Mon Mar 16 20:46:51 PDT 2009


I might be wrong, but I think when I looked into this it turned out that
McMaster didn't sell anything usable as bicycle chain since the plate
thickness on bike chain is not an industrial standard.  That was a few years
ago though.

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 10:50 PM, Cris Shirley <cgshirley at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey!
> I was referred to this site for buying (bike) chain in bulk.  There are
> several measurements that I don't know what to select:
> http://www.mcmaster.com/#drive-chain/=1196wd
> Pitch: (i think this should be 1/2", but maybe it's 3/16)
> Roller width: ( I thought this should be 3/16ths)
> Roller diameter: (??)
>
> This is what I came up with, I choose steel because it was 1/3 of the price
> of corrosive resistant steel and 5 times less than Stainless steel.
> Are these good prices: http://www.mcmaster.com/#drive-chain/=1199db maybe
> i need to go with the SS which would make this route not worth it
> Thanks!
> cris
>
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