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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Are there any disadvantages to running a stainless steel bike chain?

We are currently using KMC Z51RB rust resistant chains on our bikes, a competitor has started to use stainless steel chains. Does anyone know the advantages and disadvantages of using stainless steel ...
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Relationship between chain tension and chain wear

On a 10 speed road bike, what is the ideal chain tension? I was recently told (by a bike shop) that my rear derailleur should be fully extended (pointing forward) when the chain is between the 2 ...
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Rear derailleur hitting chainstay (video in the post)

I filmed a little video of the process: https://youtu.be/ejJsIWrrFTU Does anyone know how to solve the problem? Apart from attaching piece of rubber to the chainstay? It is really annoying, because ...
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Can you remove the chain missing link too often?

I became pretty obsessed with my MTB maintenance. After every trip, I completely remove the chain and wash it. I am wondering if you can damage the missing (and weakest) link of the bike by doing ...
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Can you use a SRAM 10-speed Powerlock with a Shimano chain/drivetrain?

I just bought a pair of SRAM Powerlocks for 10-speed chains. The packaging says that they can only be used with SRAM chains. Will anything nasty happen if I use it with a Shimano chain and cassette?
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Help Me Understand My Bicycle's Gears

I've recently started commuting with a bicycle (Giant hybrid bicycle). I've been trying to learn a little about bicycling to make my commute easier and my time on the bicycle more enjoyable. Please ...
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What other parts might need replacing if I replace an old freewheel gear set for a modern freehub cassette?

I currently have a pre 1970s 10 speed Claud Butler. Perhaps back then men were real men but there is no climbing gear. Since I mostly do touring this is a bit of a problem. Finding a new freewheel ...
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Do I need to replace 10 speed chain if using a bigger cluster, also 10 speed?

Most similar questions are asking about using the same chain with a bigger cluster with more gears (10 speed chain vs 11 speed cluster). My concern is being able to simply buy a higher gear ratio ...
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Rear cassette 'ticking' forward, making chain catch, what is the problem and how do I solve it?

I have a Giant Rapid 4, bought in 2009. When freewheeling (i.e. rolling forward but not pedalling) on my bicycle, the chain catches. I had a look and I think this is because the rear cassette ...
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Bike chain worn to 1% according to indicator tool

My bike chain is worn to the 1% gauge on my indicator but only on certain links. I could check a different link and it won't fit at all. However it would drop right through on certain links. Should ...
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How do I know I should replace the chain? [duplicate]

I have been riding a folding bike in the past. I have never replaced its chain. Recently, I have bought a second handed road bike for $500. I am afraid of the chain breaking suddenly. How do I know ...
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Mysterious case: chain falling off large chainring, how to fix?

On my commuter bike I decided to rid myself of the small inner chain ring (which is almost never used) and front dérailleur (now redundant). However, I have come across an unusual problem. Whilst ...
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Does my fixie need a chain tensioner

I'm building my own fixie (almost a cliche, sorry) and I debating whether or not to buy chain tensioners. I will be riding my bike with a fixed gear most of the time. One of the reasons I ask is ...
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Chain with master link / quick connect link doesn't clear rear derailleur

Bought a chain with a master link (packaging said quick connect link), it looks just like this: This bit however won't fit cleanly through my derailleur, it snags on the wall right as it goes onto ...
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How to prevent my chain from breaking?

After my chain has broken what should I know about buying and maintaining a new chain (apart from lubing it and replacing when it 'stretches')? Do you keep a spare chain, or a spare link? I have a ...
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Can I use a SRAM Powerlink on a Shimano chain [duplicate]

Have 9 speed Shimano chain that I need to shorten. I don't have the Shimano pin so I need to go buy one. Could just reuse the regular pin but I already broke one chain tool trying that. I think ...
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Replace chain at 0.5% wear, or 0.75% wear?

Why do chain wear indicators have an indication for 0.5% wear and one for 0.75% wear? Are both measurements included because there is some personal preference from mechanic to mechanic, or rather are ...
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Chain slipping on middle chainring

I have recently replaced the chain and the cassette. Previous chain never slipped. I never had any problems with it at all. But I have made about 10 000 km on it and the wear was beyound any limits, ...
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New to bicycles; Bad setup, bad bike, or too heavy?

I purchased a Schwinn Meridian adult tricycle hoping to have a flexible means of exercise. After giving it a close look, I tried it with disappointing results. When pedaling from a stop, the chain ...
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Bought new chain. Do I have to remove links?

I have this bike I got it from wal-mart many years ago. Same as this one on amazon: Denali The chain rusted. I noticed that it listed the chain on amazon. Chain: KMC Z 51 I bought this one. I'm ...
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Does climbing put extra stress on the chain, making it stretch out faster / higher break risk?

I remember taking it for granted, but then somebody gave me some reasons on climbing not affecting the chain, and I forgot about it. Today I just got scared that my chain might break when struggling ...
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Replacing my chain

My chain broke recently. I fixed it by taking out a link with a chain break tool. Now the it slips when I am in my smallest gear on the cassette. I cannot find the stiff link in my chain and think ...
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Is reverse pedaling good for smooth gear change?

I am newbie for cycling. When I change my gears, some lock sounds are coming from the chain. But if I do reverse pedaling while switching gears. No sound form chain, but gear switched to the right ...
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How to fix new chain that switches gears when pedaling backwards

I just recently replaced a chain that got incredibly beat up in the winter (it was rusted, and practically stiff when I removed it.) I removed links from the new chain to match the length of the ...
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Is it possible to shorten a chain?

I have the following chain/gear setup: I like to get rid of the rear wheel gears. However I don't want to buy any new parts. That is why I am wondering if I simply can remove all the parts from the ...
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Is it possible to use a two or three chainring with an internal hub?

I have a Bullit cargo bike. It has a Shimano 39t chainring and a Alfine 8 rear hub. I was going to go for a Rohloff to get more gears, but the price is just getting stupid. I looked at the Alfine 11 ...
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Is my cassette or chain worn out?

I bought this road bike as my first road bike in 2011. I have not changed the chain or any parts on it since then and I bike on it almost daily. It's been running great, but sometimes I have trouble ...
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Gears jumping/slipping from the rear cogset on a new bike

Its been 1 month since I have bought my new MTB (Kross globate 1.1) with 18 gears (shimano).. Now the problem is chain has slipped twice while riding. First time my speed was around 25kph and second ...
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Restoring a 16"

This here is my 16" bike which I'm going to at least try restore. I've put some wider bars on it, fixed loose things etc. My friend removed the pedal back but I don't think he has put it back ...
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Merida Matts TFS 600 original chain lube [closed]

What lubricant does the chain of a Merida TFS 600 bring from its factory? Thanks.
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What is the deal with the new weird gazelle chain case design?

I was about to buy this bike (a Gazelle Aroyo c7): http://www.gazelle-fietsen.be/assortiment/arroyo-c7 when I realized the chaincase is seemingly deliberately designed so that the chain constantly ...
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Why bother changing a chain?

I have heard often that you should replace a worn chain, that a chain lasts somewhere between 800-1200 miles, and that if you don't replace the chain on time, you'll need to replace the cassette when ...
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Why are chains sold in fixed lengths rather than by the meter?

Why can't we purchase chain by the meter, in any length, instead of in fixed lengths? Then the chain could be cut to the exact length required, unlike current situation of throwing away several links. ...
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Chain “vibrates” on higher gears

My freewheel that I have installed myself only 1.5 years ago has totally worn out by the moment and so I just had it replaced along with a chain at the workshop. I'm still concerned though about the ...
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Lots of chain slack… Time for a new chain? Bad derailluer?

I got home from a short ride up the street today where there was a lot of clicking and skipping of chain links and when I got home I realized my chain had a ton of slack. After looking around on the ...
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Clicking noise coming from cog on fixed gear

Ever since I put my rear wheel on after taking it off, I have had this constant clicking noise from the cog. Here's what I know: It wasn't always like this. I rode for a few months with no ...
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What does usually worn first, the chain or the cog?

I have an old bicycle that I would like to repair. Basically the chain is always "clicking/jumping" when I pedal. I know this is either a worn chain or cog. My question is what worns first? If it's ...
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I have a broken my drive side crankarm - what do I need to do?

I recently had to dash home for a minor emergency. I noticed that one pedal was a bit wobbly but I had no choice but to push on. Once I got home and the emergency had been dealt with I noticed that my ...
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Do I really need a magic link or can I just replace the pin on my chain?

To install a new chain I need a chain tool to shorten it to the proper length. Why not just use that same tool to replace the pin and not deal with a magic link? Seems to me the pin would be ...
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What does chain worn indicators 75% mean?

I've bought a chain wear checker made by BBB, but not sure what the percentage of worn is about? It has 2 sides, one of them indicates that the chain is worn 75% and I should replace it in the near ...
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Is there a difference between the durability of the chains with 1/8 and 3/32 inch?

I mean, I have a single-speed bike and have chains width 1/8 inch. The other standard I could use on my bike is 3/32 inch wide. Is there a difference in durability?
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Is it necessary to buy a special tool to open the chain lock

I've installed a chain lock to my chain. It looks like this (mine is not KMC): Now I need to unlink the chain to clean it, but I can't do it: the lock is too tight. I found a special tool on ebay ...
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Replaced chain, bike makes grinding noise?

Recently, I started going to a community bike shop to learn how to maintain and service my own bike. Ever since I changed the old, worn-out chain to a new chain with a master link, I've been ...
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Chain is choking and pedals fly forwards when going up hill or standing on the bike pedals

I have a 2 month old Vodoo Bizango from Halfords in the UK. I have had this problem about 2 weeks into having the bike where if I'm on the highest gear and want to do sprints (standing on the pedals) ...
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my chain is skipping on my single speed

The chain keeps wanting to load towards the right hand side of the cog no matter how I orientate the chain. This causes painful skipping. Do the marks have anything to do with it? I have a ...
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Chain guide/tensioner for 2011 Giant Reign 2 (Press Fit)

Can someone recommend a chain guide/guard/tensioner that will be mountable to a 2011 Giant Reign 2 which has Shimano Press Fit and 3-ring crankset? The best I could find is: Kore Chain Reactor - ...
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What type chain lube should you use in a sand and salt water enviroment?

I rent bikes in remote beach locations. What lubrication will reduce rust and sand accumulation?
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Can I use Kerosene for lubing the cogs and the chain

I recently went to a bike mechanic and he dropped some kerosene on the cog and chain for lubing them. He said that it keeps the dirt off and is quite volatile so will evaporate after sometime leaving ...
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The spring in my front dérailleur is jammed

My front derailleur is jammed by dirt (grease + fine dust), because of this the gear doesn't shift perfectly and chain is thrown off the cog. The spring is a bit unreachable because the derailleur arm ...
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Campagnolo drivetrain compatibility and noise

My bike has 2009 Campagnolo Veloce 10 speed drivetrain. I recently changed the cassette (still Veloce 10 speed) and chain (campagnolo Record 10 speed). I assumed the fact that the chain was in the ...