# Chain Length Calculation

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## Contents

## Understanding the Problem

A chainwheel is not round. Rather, it is a polygon with facet lenth of the chain pitch. The chain leaves the chainwheel, at maximum, tangent to the pitch diameter. The chain then travels in a (theoretically) straight line to the other chainwheel, meeting it in a similar fashion.

This makes for some interesting math.

## The most accurate math

## Some Approximations

I'm not a big fan of approximations. Spreadsheets exist for a reason.

I will add some though, just for comparison.

## Some Data

## Considerations for Motorcycles (Simple Swingarm)

## For Single Speed Mountain Bikes

Theoretical center distance. Alfa = 1. For a good chain alfa can be in the range of 1.001 and 1.005.