Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

My pink anodised chain tensioner

Posted by Matt | November 30, 2009 | 5 comments so far

Pink anodised chain tensioner
OK, now I know what you’re thinking. It really is a pink anodised singlespeed chain tensioner and I really have gone to the trouble of photographing it for your entertainment.

What’s more, come the next available opportunity I intend to go out riding with it!

A recent night ride saw the chain tensioner that Tony kindly donated for my Inbred singlespeed disintegrate over the course of a handful of miles. I’d heard it making odd noises for a few rides recently but my inner mechanic had told me to soldier on and pretend nothing was wrong.

Unfortunately, something was wrong. The bolt holding the jockey wheel on had stripped which meant that on a particularly bumpy night ride it came clean off. The good news was that I managed to keep all the constituent parts but the better news was that Del from Four4th Lights had joined us on the ride.

Del kindly offered to take it back to his engineering company and recut the thread. Having seen the finish on his Four4th lights, and sensing an opportunity to further my singlespeed theme I pushed my luck and asked him if there was any chance of anodising it!

I’m sure Del supressed a groan at that but he was far too nice to refuse, with the result that I now own a pretty much unique pink anodised chain tensioner. He even went to the trouble of replacing the jockey wheel for which I’m very grateful. I know Firefly do their own pink version but this particular one is on its own since I have no idea who originally manufactured it! (perhaps Tony would know).

Along with the chain tensioner package came a review set of Four4th MTB LED lights, a helmet and a handlebar head unit with their own dedicated batteries. To my amusement one of the head units is anodised pink too! First impressions are that these are very impressive looking lights in terms of presentation and performance. I’ll give them a couple of outings and write up my thoughts for y’all next week.

So, my pink anodising theme continues to blossom across my white Inbred. I have a pink Straitline bash ring, pink handlebars, pink Superstar bottom bracket and a pink Salsa seat clamp now joined by the chain tensioner. Ultimately I’d like some pink anodised spacers on the rear freehub and possibly a pink Chris King headset and hubs. Then I’ll stop, I promise! Actually, maybe those hubs would be a step too far?

I’m not alone though (he said, desperately trying to justify himself). The anodising craze is spreading amongst us Moles, Tony continues to hanker after an adjustable seatpost provided it comes with a gold collar to match his Trek, AndyC has a ‘special’ Pace RC405 waiting in the wings for his broken hand to mend and Erick? Well, his Lapierre is the epitome of anodised detailing. Looks great and I managed to mention a Lapierre on the same page as a write up on pink parts! Sweet!


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. James says:

    Looks so good, what is it with Pink? See you tonight on the ride if I can get my bike in my dads car, mine is a little sick.

  2. Andy C says:

    Smut alert! I can’t believe you said that, Matt. I look to Lee for a suitable response (for those of a nervous disposition, read no further).

  3. Muddymoles says:

    Ride report: Wednesday 2 December – winter warmer

    A muddy circular loop of Norbury Park, Ranmore, Denbies and Mickleham for the Moles after weeks of rainfall

  4. Lee says:

    Andy, I got so giddy with the amount of innuendo and the possibilities for reply that in the end I thought it best just to assume that given the lack of postings, everyone one was pretty much thinking the same thing, but too gracious to say it!

    There are quite clearly firsts for everything. So sorry to disappoint.

  5. tony says:

    Did I tell you Matt about the “issue” with that particular chain tensioner. It only works in silver.

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