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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Pedals won't turn normally following strange noises

My bike suddenly started creaking and squeaking very loud, and moreso the more pressure I put on the pedals. Then the pedals got stickier and harder to turn until I couldn't turn them at all. This was ...
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Chain coming off with internal hub gear bike - why?

I have a Raleigh Caprice bike, about 7 years old, with sturmey archer 3 speed hub gears. There have been some problems with the hub gears in the past 9 months, which have been fixed by a mechanic. ...
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Should I change my chain? It broke once, but its condition seems rather good

Expanding a bit on the title, I ride a 27.5" KTM Peak XT with a 3x10 setup. The chain I'm currently using is of unknown provenience (it was already there when I bought the bike, and it wasn't new). It'...
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belt vs chain for what matters performance only

Let's set apart all pros/cons of chains vs belts, like: ease of maintenance, need of a custom frame, cost, spare part availability, all of that: nope. This question is very focusing only on ...
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chain jumping when puilling away in a higher gear

I replaced the rear cog as the chain I had snapped and I thought it had taken some teeth off. Now when I pull away in 1-3 gears it's ok, but if I am in gears 4-7 and I try to pull away ( say I have ...
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Do aluminium chainrings/cassettes contribute to chain wear?

In trying to achieve a long lasting, low maintenance drivetrain, I've read statements about aluminium oxide being the source of the black colour of chain dirt and also being highly abrasive: ...
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Effect of salt on bike chain

I have seen other questions on this forum where preventive measures against salt water on bike chain are discussed. I have seen them in context to rusting. What I want to ask is that, rusting will be ...
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How to assemble bike chain with no Master link?

I just bought a KMC chain on Amazon, and to my surprise, it didn't come with any kind of master link or connecting pin. I thought this was standard. So, did I just forget to order the part, or can you ...
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automatic gear shifting (slack chain) when reverse pedalling

I'm quite new to bikes. Thanks to youtube I fixed some of the shifting issues I had in the front derailer and now I can shift to all the gear combinations. But I found a something strange when I'm ...
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What are the consequences of a chain that is the wrong length?

I changed the chain on my bicycle before doing any proper reading on it, and I did not check whether the chain was the correct length. It seems to be working ok... but what could potentially go wrong?
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My pedals are forced forward when the back-pedal brake is on

I have to backpedal in order to brake. But when I do this, it works for about 3 seconds and then there's some kind of noise and my pedals start going on their own. The momentum of my back tire would ...
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How to change 2x11 to 3x11 on mtb

Hey I was wondering how you would change a chainset from 2x11 to 3x11 on a Carrera Fury (SRAM components) Thanks
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Bike chain is skipping when pedaling with force [duplicate]

I've been having this issue for a few months, and it's getting more and more prevalent. When I'm pedaling with force, particularly when standing, the chain slips, which is annoying, counterproductive, ...
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How do I prevent my chain from dropping down while going downhill on bumpy surfaces?

I have a Merida Duke 650 hardtail mountain bike. The issue with my bike is the chain continuously keeps coming out of gear while I am going down hill on bumpy surfaces. Is this happening because my ...
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What does “chain binding” mean?

I'm reading on chain tensioning, the generic idea is that if the chain is too loose it will fall off, if it's too tight it will "bind". I'm having an hard time understanding what "bind" means in this ...
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Why do my pedals shake and pop?

I just purchased a cruiser bike online that I had to assemble. When I rode it for the first time, I notice my pedals felt shaky, whether pedaling or coasting, and when I did pedal every few seconds ...
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Brand new bike with a stuck chain link

I bought a brand new Fuji Nevada and I've had a horrible experience. I noticed skipping while pedaling and found a stuck chain link. No matter how much or hard I wiggle it, it won't loosen up. Any ...
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Chain skipping under increased pedal torque [duplicate]

I read the related post, but my situation is a bit different. Additional background - I installed new 105 shifters and derailleurs two years ago (~5000 miles) along with chain and cassette. I also ...
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Chain rubbing on new derailleur and crankset

My bicycle is a Rockrider 520. I have replaced my front derailleur with Shimano Acera FD-M390 and my crankset with Shimano Acera FC-M391. But chain is rubbing inside of FD even when FD cable is not ...
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Chain really noisy near front derailleur on low gears but doesn't appear to be rubbing.

In the four lowest gears (i.e the 28 cog end) when in both the big and small ring, loud noises can be heard coming from what appears to be near the front derailleur. I've uploaded a video of the noise ...
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I removed the drop-out adjusters… Do I need to adjust my derailleur or add chain or both?

I have an old 1998 Lemond Zurich, and I recently purchased new wheels. The old bike had drop-out adjusters. When I added the new wheels I felt like my bike was rubbing against the brakes, then all of ...
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Remove front derailleur without breaking chain

I recently purchased a Diadora Orbita bike from SportChek. As I was riding it my front derailleur got bent and now I can't use my pedals. So, my question is, can I remove the Shimano FD-TY18 front ...
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Mechanism to draw rear wheel back and tighten chain stuck; oil not helping, what's next?

I have a bicycle with an internally geared hub (Rohloff). To tension the chain, I loosed the attachment of the rear wheel (dropouts), draw back the rear wheel, and tighten the attachment again. ...
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Use a KMC X10 SL chain on an 11 Speed cassette?

I have two KMC X10 SL chains that I never ended up using. I got my new bike, which came with a KMC X11 chain (the bike is Specialized Diverge Comp). I am wondering if I can use the X10 chain on this ...
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Old chain still shifting perfectly, should I change it out?

My chain is ready to be replaced according to gauge, but, my shifting is flawless. Should I replace the chain or squeeze another few hundred miles out ? It currently has about 2500 and is a CN6701. ...
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Chain length. how long or how many links

I measured from the middle of each sprocket and it's 17 inches. Not sure what length of chain I should get
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Bike feels like it is getting stuck when I start pedaling or increase pressure as I go up hills

My bike feels like it is getting stuck when I start pedaling or increase pressure as I go up hills. Of course, I checked to see if the brakes were rubbing but they are completely free of the wheel. ...
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Choosing a new chain

I am going to buy a new chain for my bike, and read the answers for this question: advantage of expensive chains? The accepted answer said, that there is no difference between inexpensive and ...
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Is the durability of more expensive chains better than cheaper ones?

Do expensive chains last longer? I get 300-400 miles using Wally World's $10 8 speed chains while riding off road or dirt. I monitor and replace the chain at close to 1 percent stretch. Would a '...
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Chain skip happening seemingly at random with a new chain

My bike's a 24-gear trail/road hybrid, and I've had it for about three years (although I've been riding it much more lately than in previous years). For a long while, I've had an issue with chain ...
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skipping on new chain/ cassette

I have a new chain/ cassette that is causing the chain to skip /jump randomly on an MTB I use for commuting and is driving me mad with the following symptoms: I can physically see the chain hop on ...
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Chain falls to the outside of the chainring, but I can't reproduce the problem

I have a Dahon Speed P8 that I use for touring Japan, which has about 3000km on it. The bicycle has 8 gears on the back, and 1 gear on the front. Note: I love riding my bike, but honestly (and ...
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Rear derailleur mess up PLEASE HELP. Im helping a 64 year old cancer patient. Very important

The old man next door painted his bike today. He took the deraileur off the bike to do so but did not remove his chain. The chain does not have a master link and neither one of us can financially ...
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Chain length and cassette tooth count relationship

A little context first: I'm going to be riding in the French Alps and plan to tackle some of the classic climbs (Alpe D'Huez, Galibier, etc) next month - I currently have a Campagnolo Athena 50/34 (...
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'1 1/8' vs '1/2 1/8' chain/chainring

Some 1/8 chains and chainrings are sold as "1/2 1/8" and some as "1 1/8". What is the first number describing? My understanding is that practically all modern chains have a 1/2 inch pitch.
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Time to replace chainring?

I ran a squeaky chain for a while on my bike and subsequently destroyed the chain and the cassette. Both were swapped out at the exact same time for a new chain and cassette. Now I am afraid that ...
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Chain keeps slipping

I was pedaling my bike, the bike has never been used and sat in the garage through winter. While I was pedaling I switched gears and adjusted the pressure I needed to pedal (don't know what this is ...
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Need help picking the right rear derailleur and chain for Giant Escape 2

Product page for the bike i have: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/escape.2/14810/75679/#specifications I'm not able to make sense of the variations of shimano altus derailleurs, here'...
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Easiest way to remove a chain master link / masterlink

When I'm breaking a chain with a master link (to remove the chain from the bike), usually I can do it with my hands by pushing the links together until the master link comes apart. But sometimes it's ...
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Campagnolo Record C9 / Shimano CS-HG200-9 incompatibility

I drive cheap Shimano cassettes together with Campagnolo Record C9 chains. Yesterday I installed a new C9 and a CS-HG200-9. But the chain sort of slips over the sprockets, not unlike really worn parts,...
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Chain Replacement

I'm having a hard time finding an appropriate replacement chain for my bike. Its a 21 speed, Wal-mart brand mountain bike. My local bike store has chains that were up to a 10 speed. I know I need a ...
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Bent front-derailleur

I biked to school today with my bike in perfect condition. Locked it up and went to class. When I went to my bike a couple hours later, the derailleur was bent out of position. My bike's front gear ...
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Why is my big chainring is so scratched form the inside?

I have noticed a lot of scraping on the inside of my Trushift 44T plate. Is it just a function of distance, time and color or is it a clue that something is not working properly? The bike was bought ...
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Unable to pedal when in high gears

I'm a complete novice with bicycle maintenance and have a slight problem. I just picked up a 2nd hand bike as taking part in a charity event this weekend and an unfortunate accident meant my mine was ...
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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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Why should you not just buy the chain with more links?

I have the choice of buying a 114 or a 116 link chain for the same price. Why would I not buy the longer one and shorten it? In my case my bike previously had 108 links, and assuming that was ...
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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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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 ...