The chain on my commuter (a chicago era Schwinn Continental, converted to a flip flop single, currently fixed only) has stretched to the point where even with the wheel pushed all the way back in the dropouts, it is too loose.
I've already taken out a link, which bought me a few months, but that seems like a hack which might be... I dunno, dangerous? Or at least bad for my cog or chainring?
I am soliciting advice on a replacement. I have not replaced a chain before, even though I've gone through a lot of them. Until now I've left that task for my LBS. But I'm trying to learn to do more of this stuff myself.
Generally I'm fine with spending a bit more for a part that will last longer, but I have no idea if a say $23 SRAM PC-7X Single-Speed Chain - 1/8" is worth twice as much* as a $11 SRAM PC-1 Single-Speed Chain - 1/8" for my purposes.
My only concern really is longevity. Is a fancier chain going to last longer or as is the case with lots of bikey stuff, am I just paying double to shave a few grams off the weight? Obviously I am not concerned about weight or I would not be rocking a Continental.
*These are the prices at REI this AM and I just print them here for comparison purposes. I would like to get a SRAM because they are local and seem pretty supportive of the scene. I plan to get a chain at Blue City if possible, because they are the closest shop to my house and they are super helpful and friendly people.
In the words of Sheldon Brown (RIP). "If the chain is too loose, it can fall off, usually at the most inconvenient possible time."