Author Topic: Chain idler o ring  (Read 321 times)

Socks

  • FFCT rally, France 2012
Chain idler o ring
« on: September 04, 2019, 07:53:52 pm »
After years of searching I seem to have bought a replacement double idler for the worn out original on my Kingcycle.  However it doesn't have the rubber o ring.  Any suggestions for a supplier / brand to buy one or two of these?

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Chain idler o ring
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2019, 07:55:10 pm »
If you can work out what size it should be, you could obtain a several of them from an industrial supplier and not have to have anything to do with recumbent dealers...
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FifeingEejit

  • Not Small just Far Away at the back
Re: Chain idler o ring
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2019, 08:25:10 pm »
While there's plenty of suppliers out there of o-rings;
I wonder if the application is suitable for a DIY O-Ring kit; seem to cost around 35 quid which admittedly is a tad more than one off the shelf.

Re: Chain idler o ring
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2019, 05:13:35 pm »
Mebbe one that fits amongst this lot Socks

https://www.aldi.co.uk/125-piece-o-ring-assortment/p/015676305472001

Dirt cheap at £2.49 for 125
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Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Chain idler o ring
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2019, 05:16:12 pm »
Mebbe one that fits amongst this lot Socks

https://www.aldi.co.uk/125-piece-o-ring-assortment/p/015676305472001

Dirt cheap at £2.49 for 125

Doubt it, 22mm seems a bit small for a chain idler...
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Socks

  • FFCT rally, France 2012
Re: Chain idler o ring
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2019, 07:02:59 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions.  I'll measure the new idler when it arrives (the old one is very worn).  Then see if I can find some heavy duty o rings, although from what I've been able to find on-line they will still need to be replaced fairly often.

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Chain idler o ring
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2019, 07:29:26 pm »
If the O-ring idlers[1] on The Red Baron are anything to go by, the wear of the O-ring is determined primarily by how much bouncing around the chain does.  After about 6000km the one by the fork crown has several chunks missing, whereas the one under the seat lacks any significant damage.  (The drive-side idler has teeth rather than an O-ring, and is like new, but dirtier.  I can't help thinking that passing roller chain over a smooth pulley is fundamentally silly.)


[1] Alligt 50mm.
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