Repairing, maintaining, or replacing the chain on your bike that connects the front of the drivetrain (cranks, chainrings) to the back (cogs, cassette).

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What changes have been made to the bicycle over the years?

I have researched so much, but I could never find an actual or straightforward answer... Q. What changes have been made to the bicycle in the last 10 years to improve its technology?
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Cannot get chain link out

My chain broke so I decided I'd fix it. Don't have a tool to take apart the chain so I tried hammer and a nail over a wrench to no avail. Messed up the chain pretty bad too. Is there such a chain ...
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Part of chain link broken

I just got this bike from a neighbor and I saw that one of the chain links is broken on one side but not the other. What's the cheapest way to fix this situation? The bike is a Next Xelite that I'm ...
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Problem with chain skipping when pedaling hard

If I pedal hard, i.e. while standing/taking off/going uphill, the chain skips over the cogs making a load screeching noise and my foot just sinks to the bottom position. I attempted to fix this ...
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ideal chain replacement for Redline monocog 29er

I have a Redline Monocog 29er and I'm replacing the drive train. The bike's purpose is to be abused off-road. For the new chain, I'm debating between the SRAM PC-1 Single-Speed Chain ($6.39) and ...
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Schwinn Meridian not pedaling

I'm the third owner of this trike and I ride it EVERY day.I noticed a few days ago that I had no resistance when pedaling and then this morning it stopped altogether, I hopped off and checked it. The ...
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What does “HX” mean on a KMC chain?

I'm looking at buying a new single-speed chain and have pretty much settled on getting one of these two: KMC Z510 or KMC Z510 HX but can't figure out what the HX actually means. The HX costs 37% more ...
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Modded folding bike and strange chain skipping on most gears

I've a folding Tern Link D8 that I've started customize by replacing some parts...what is driving me nuts is a strange chain skipping that happens on some gears and only when I apply some force (...
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Do all 10-speed chains fit 3x10?

I'm wondering if all 10-speed chains fit to 3x10. A lot of webshops say that the chain is "for road bikes 2x10" or something like that. Or nothing at all. The chain I have right now (Shinano CN HG-54) ...
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My chain is catching on a part for which I don't even know the name

A couple of days ago I was riding my bike and when I hit a hill and was shifting down through my gears, the chain slipped off the gears. I hopped off the bike and walked it back home, flipped it ...
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Why does my rear cassette feel like it's jumping when I put pressure on small cog?

I just gave my bike a going over with new bearing cages in the BB and a new chain. After putting everything back on I indexed the gears - finally getting the hang of the front but first time indexing ...
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Mechanism behind chain wear phases

Methods As an experiment I started taking regular chain stretch measurements, from when I first put on a chain until it is worn out. A Park CC-2 was used and each measurement was done in triplicate, ...
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Conversion 9 spd to 10 spd [duplicate]

I'm thinking of upgrading from a 9 speed (11-34T cassette) to 10 speed. Scoped out a few components and 1) Shimano Deore XT CS-M771 10-Speed Cassette 11-36T 10-speed HG cassette 2) Shimano Dyna-Sys, ...
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What is causing this chain clicking noise?

The click only happens when the chain is moving in certain locations. If the gear is low it happens every rotation and if the gear is high it happens 2 or 3 times per rotation of the pedal. I am ...
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new 9-speed chain fails after 4 weeks and ~240 miles

About 4 weeks ago I installed a new SRAM PC-971 chain on my Surly LHT. This morning I've noticed that one of the outer chain link plates started to pull away (to spread in a way that the pin is not ...
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Bike chain slips off sprocket as I pedal during repairs. Any idea why?

I am having an issue with a 26 inch Beach Cruiser. Everything was put together by a bike shop however one of the chains slipped off the sprocket during transport home. When I went to put it back on, ...
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Chain replacement - how many links 114/116?

I'm replacing an (exact same) Shimano 11 speed chain, the cassette is Shimano Ultegra 11-25T . There are 54 links that look like ()(). What size of chain should I order : 114 or 116 ? I'm going to ...
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timing chain keeps dropping/derailing only with partner

For a volunteer project biking with blind riders (NiewidomiNatandemach.pl), we've been partnered up and provided a tandem bike, that seems new enough and in good condition. Unlike the guy behind me--...
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How should the chain be routed on this deraillier?

I feel dumb asking this, but how should the chain be routed around the cogs on this deraillier? I had to split the chain and then put it back on. I didn't pay attention to how it went round. This is ...
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Is it possible to over-clean a bike chain?

I've seen it suggested that cleaning a chain too often or too thoroughly is bad for it, in that it removes the lubricant from the innermost parts of the chain, where it's most needed and most ...
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1x Specific Chain

I was shopping around and noticed the presence of 1x specific chains for the specific cassette size (9, 10, 11). Is there actually something special about these changes or is this just marketing? 1X ...
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Chain skipping mid cassette after a clean

I have cleaned my chain and gears with rubbing alcohol and towels. Afterwards, I applied some chain lube on the chain. Now, when under a lot of torque, the chain skips and slips mid-cassette. Low ...
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How to change front gearing

So I have a bicycle that has a single front gear, but many back gears with a derailleur. I am wondering if I change the size of the front gear (like significantly), meaning if I get a bigger front ...
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I cleaned my cassette and changed my chain, now my freehub is slipping. What are the possible causes? [duplicate]

I removed my cassette, cleaned it and put a new chain on my mountain bike. All seemed to go well and went back together nicely. However when I took it out for a ride the free hub seems to be slipping ...
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If chain/ BB/ casette are dead can chainrings and derailleurs still be OK?

I bought a brand new bike last May (2015 Brodie Elan) and proceeded to put 11,000km on it by November (cross Canada ride plus some commuting). Around the 11,000km mark I brought it back to the shop ...
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What tool is needed to remove KMC X11 w/MissingLink, 11-speed chain?

I need to take it out and then clean it- its full of sand. Maybe even replace it. Does any universal chain tool work. Should I get one from the manufacturer.
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Replacing rusty crankset

I am trying to replace a rusted crankset for a friend's hybrid and I was wondering if I get the same ratio set would I have to change the mechanism as that's fine.
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My chain snapped ,need help [duplicate]

My chain broke today and I want to get a new replacement for it I just don't know what size I need my bike has 3 gears in front and 6 in the back which I'm guessing is an 18 speed and if you can leave ...
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why would my chain slip on the road, but not when the bike is on a stand?

The chain on my bike has started to slip a lot -- every couple of seconds when riding. It happens, as far as I can tell, in every gear, and is unrelated to shifting. The precise nature of the problem ...
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How to tell the size of a bike chain? [duplicate]

My bike's chain broke, so I have to replace it now. The question is - how can I tell what size chain do I need to buy so it fits the bike? It's a 5 gear internal-hub bike.
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single speed mtb chain slipping

hey i am new here and i was just wondering if anyone can help me out with the problem of my chain keeps slipping when i pedal a little bit hard. I took my bike to lbs and they said that my chain was ...
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Cranksets for tandem with internal gear hub

I am thinking about assembling a trekking tandem bike. I would like to use an internal gear hub and put both chains on the right side of the bike. I have some questions about the cranksets: What ...
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Chain hops off cassette sprockets when I stand-pedal

When I pedal while standing, the chain hops off to a smaller cog. This happens when I "tilt" the bike, as we do when stand-pedal. I am not really sure why this happens, but I think the chain is loose. ...
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Chain vs seatstay with a 50T Chainring - BMX frame

I plan to put a 50T chainring on my bmx but I am afraid to have an interference between the chain and the frame. Does anybody know what is the critical distance between the seatstay and the chain so ...
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I have a bike with a ratio of 3.11 to 1, how many links do i need in a chain? [duplicate]

I legit just broke my bike chain riding it. One of the links just snapped and i wanted to replace it with a brand new chain that will hold up better. How many links do i need in that new chain so that ...
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How to measure and cut chain

I am currently building a road bike. I measured the chain using the largest ring and largest cog method, I counted two extra links and cut the chain using a chain tool. Both ends of the chain now ...
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Rear Cassette worn + needs replacing - what other components to replace?

I have picked up a bike (Specialized Allez) recently that has a very worn cassette from not replacing the chain for an extended period of time. Therefore am looking to change it. I was wondering what ...
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Chain length when swapping between cassette sizes (11-28 and 11-23)

Currently I am running a semi compact 52/36 up front and a 11-28 at the back. I'm planning on getting a 11-23 cassette for criterium races, and have the 11-28 for hillier rides. Will there be any ...
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Chain slips to lower gear when pedaling backwards

I have a hybrid 18 speed bicycle which is able to shift through all gears on both the front and rear sets of gears. When on the largest gear on the front set (by the pedals) the chain will try to ...
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Chain comes off full suspension 20" folding bike during casual rides- not derailleur issue

I have just acquired a like-new (ridden 3 times) 20" folding generic full suspension bike- front fork enclosed springs and rear coil spring/piston with tension adjustments by locking plate screw on ...
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Chain falls off all the time when I want to shift from small to big front ring

90% of the time when I shift from the small front ring to the big one the chain falls off to the pedal. Why is this happening? This is a dual click, SRAM Rival. Shifting on a back wheels perfect, no ...
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Please help me understand why the back wheel doesnt spin

My bike has some problems and I hope you guys can help me fix it. Some weeks ago, the lock of my bike got frozen (bc of -30 degrees), so I decided to pour some hot water to the lock to defrost it. I ...
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How good or bad would chainsaw bar lubricant be as a bicycle chain lube?

A former cow orker asked me this today - and I don't have a good answer. He has access to plentiful quantities of chainsaw bar lubricant, the stuff that helps a chainsaw's chain move around the metal ...
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If I am using DRY lube, do I need to clean my chain between applications?

Do I need to clean the chain before reapplying dry lube if I am only using dry lube?
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Why don't standard bike chains have inner/outer combo links so odd chain lengths are possible?

I noticed while at an amusement park that on the roller coaster, each link of the chain has what can be considered a combination inner and outer plate. The side plates are somewhat diagonal so they ...
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How do you count the number of links in a chain?

I thought this was a simple question but apparently there is some confusion - and it's good to have a basic question to refer people to. How many "links" are in these short bits of chain: Image A (...
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Can Park Tool CG-2.2 kit work with the bike upside down?

I've recently acquired a new bicycle with coaster brake and internally geared hub. Naturally, I'd like the bike to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, the local weather seems to be stuck in "...
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What does “11-25” mean in the cassette description?

I need to replace the chain and cassette on my bike soon but I don't know what teeth to count. The Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Road Cassette - has 11 gears on the back so I know to go for the 11- ...
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Chain lube that won't repaint my legs?

Because I have sometimes spent a lot of time digging around for bike parts and only discovering the existence of something awesome after many hours of browsing, I'm wondering whether there could exist ...
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Changing the entire chain gear mechanism

I have a Lapierre shaper 100. I am looking to change my entire chain mechanism as some of these parts need to be changed. I have selected my components, and I am hoping you can tell me if these ...