I don't know Carl, I use a Regina hollow pin on my regular Torpado rider, and anyone who I ride with on our "Vintage Thursdays" rides, can attest to the fact that I often push that puppy pretty hard up hills, etc. Sometimes, the error may lie in the mechanic installing a part, as an earlier poster already mentioned, and sometimes failure can be attributed to a lot of different variables. I think it's a bit harsh to say that these chains are crap. The only chain I've ever broken was a modern Shimano XTR on my mountain bike, and once it began failing, it happened two more times. It took me that long to figure it out, but it didn't take a genius to recognize that that particular chain simply needed to be replaced. Match the freewheel to the chain, install properly, clean and lubricate properly and on a regular basis, and regularly check for wear ... then ride, ride, ride.
Ciao, Mark Agree Southfield MI USA ~ ~ ~
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2008 09:24:45 -0500 From: "Carl Gonzalez" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: [CR]Vintage Weight Weenie Question - now CHAIN SNAPs
I snapped a Regina hollow pin chain rounding a corner and out of the saddle many years ago. The chain snapped, my Gitane creeped around from underneath me and the saddle hit me in my lower back while bringing me down in a heap. (One unnamed CR lister responded, when I told my story, to send all hollow Reginas to him in a bubble packed envelope and he would dispose of them accordingly. Always a wise guy.) Honestly, the Regina hollow pin chain was not worth the material it was made of, is blatantly dangerous, and is a stupid design in general. What some won't do to same a gram or two. I doubt Regina would stand a chance in court if these incidents happened today.
"Don wrote: Has anyone on the list ever snapped an alloy or hollow-pin or drillium chain ?? I think that Regina made both drillium and hollow-pin steel chains in 1975. What does the crash look like ?? I looked at the archive and in many cases a chain snaps on an uphill climb at low speed, is this the typical failure mode? Thanx, - Don Gillies San Diego, CA, USA"
Best, Carl Gonzalez Bay Village, OH USA
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