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 to do about a stuck chain link on 10 speed chain

I put a new chain on my bike and after 3 rides or so, I developed a stiff link. I'm not sure what caused the issue, but now it barely bends at the pin at all, unless forced. It causes skipping ...
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How to align a chain on a single speed

My bicycle currently has poor chainring/rear sprocket alignment (as in the chain at the front is more than a chain's width from the chain at the rear). I'm wondering what the procedure is to correct ...
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Fixie chain stuck between cog and hub

I had my chain jump off on my fixed gear when I hit a pothole, and it's gotten completely wedged between the cog and the flange of the hub. I've removed the lockring but can't get a chain whip around ...
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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 drops in smallest gear under load

I'm baffled. I installed a new chain, cassette, cables and housing yesterday. On the stand, all is happy and shifting is silky smooth. On the road all seems happy except on the bigger cogs in back (in ...
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Formula to calculate Single Speed Chain Length from Chainring Size, Cog Size, and Chainstay Length

I've seen formulas to calculate chain length for multi-speed bikes, but I need something for single speed. Example: 42T Chainring 17T Cog 406mm (16") Chainstay Length The answer in this case should ...
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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, ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Are Campagnolo and Shimano 11 speed chains interchangeable?

I have an Athena 11 speed group set, but can get a good deal on the Shimano 9000 chain. Does anyone know of any reports of issues combining the two?
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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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Can you use Shimano 11 speed chain pins on a 10 speed chain?

I want to purchase a spare pin for my Shimano Ultegra 10 speed chain. Looking around I can only see 11 speed pins for sale. Can I put these into a 10 speed chain?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...