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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How tight should a fixie's chain be?

I ride an SE Lager fixed. How tight should the chain be and what is the best way of measure it? I have a chain tug so I can be pretty accurate in dialling in the right amount of tension. I don't ...
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Why did the chain on my kid's bike slack after I changed his tire?

I changed the rear wheel on my child's bicycle today. Once I was done and put it back together, the chain is inexplicably longer; there is a lot of slack. How did this happen and how do I resolve ...
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Will I snap my derailleur? (too large front chainwheel)

I have an old racer (1994 Specialized Epic Allez - lugged carbon) that's in pretty good shape. I brought it to an LBS that's got a pretty good reputation and that I've used before, to change the chain ...
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Can you take apart rear derailleurs, and how do you put them back together again?

I recently took apart my rear derailleur as it was on a 10 year old bike and really old and stiff. So I thought I would unscrew both jockey wheels and clean them, they had a silver bit either side, ...
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Are chain-drive gears 'ridiculously' efficient even when dry of oil?

Allegedly chain-drive gears are something like 99% efficient when well oiled and something like 98% efficient when without oil. Personally I do not like the noise a dry chain makes, this has a 'I ...
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Chain not fitting chain ring

I just bought a 21-speed hybrid bike (Wal-Mart grade Schwinn) and to try to customize/simplify things (other bike is a fixie road bike), I removed the front deraileur and bought a new single-speed ...
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Properties with Belt-driven Chains?

This reply about belt-driven belt got my interest here. It does not need lubrication at all according to the replier. What are other properties with belt-drive chain? Where does the idea come from? ...
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Would an original Abloy padlock and [toughened] chain make a good bike lock?

Why are bike locks so fancy, so specialised? Would a small padlock, e.g. original Abloy make a good bike lock when connected to a chain? http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abloy (first image) Are ...
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When to lube a chain?

Should a chain be lubed each time after riding in the rain*? What about a 100km mudride (occasional water up to the hubs)? Should I stop in the middle of the ride to re-lube the chain? If so, is it ...
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WD40 on Single-Speed Chain [duplicate]

Simple Question: May I use WD40 to lubricate my single-speed chain? Does it not have any negative effects in terms of the chain performance and biking in general?
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How do I fasten my loose chain guard?

I have a dutch bike and over time the chain guard has come loose. It falls down and ends up resting on the chain. The problem is that I can't see a obvious way to fix it. There is no external bolt or ...
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How to mount SRAM snaplock?

I am trying to join PC-1 SRAM chain, it has such snaplock: And the problem is, the distance between holes is slightly less (IMHO) than distance between the pins. Every hole on its own fits any pin, ...
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Rotating 2 chains on one cassete

I clean my chain on the bicycle, mostly because taking it off for a bath, drying, etc seems to take more time than I have. But maybe I could use 2 chains in rotation, I would take one chain off, ...
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What went wrong with my bottom bracket spindle length calculation?

Here's the facts: My bike frame requires a 70 mm Italian threaded bottom bracket I'm going to use a Nuvinci N360 IGH which requires a chainline of 49 (± 0.5) mm. I have Andel fluted cranks, which ...
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Why does the chain tension vary as pedals are turned?

I have a new single-speed bike (after purchase this year, it was unused in a garage for a few months), but as I turn the pedals, the tension in the chain varies noticeably. What should I check, ...
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When I press on pedal, intermittent loss of power

Recently, when I cycled my bike the pedals would jump when I pushed down on them. I brought it to a shop who replaced the cassette, the chain, the two crank arms and probably the crankset. I have also ...
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Sliding chain over the cassette [duplicate]

Today I have replaced my chain with a kmc z8s. The rear cassette is Shimano acera 8 speed , and is not worn yet , so everything is OK with the cassette. But the problem is that the chain doesn't fit ...
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What should I look for when buying chain lube / lubricant?

In the past, I personally have only used WD-40. However, I have occasionally had my bicycle looked over at the locally run, free service sessions and most of the mechanics there use a hand applied ...
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What happens when a bike has not had maintenance for a long time?

I recently traded my Kent BMX bike I got from Wal-Mart: for a Ross road bike ). My friend tells me the bike sat in his back yard collecting rust, I see it has rust on the chain, the gears, brake ...
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Alfine 11 chain guard

I'm planning to invest into a Alfine 11 set (both hub gear and crank+front cog(45)). I'm also looking for solution for chain guard for Alfine cog for commuting. I've found Curana brand that makes good ...
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converting to fixed gear, chain problem

I just got a 16 tooth and tried to put on the old chain, BUT while it fits on the pedal cog (46 tooth), it does not on the rear cog. How can I solve this? a different cog in the back or a different ...
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Why do some people leave the chain sitting on the smaller sprocket when the bike is not used for a while?

I guess it is something related to the springs in the derailleur. But is it that important?
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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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Chain repeatedly tries to click into place without gear change

While pedalling, every 10 seconds or so, the chain on my bike makes the sound it makes during a gear shift - it "clicks", as if it's clicking into place in the new gear. But there is no gear shift ...
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How can I tell which size chain my bike uses?

After learning how to break a chain and reattach it, and also how to add and remove a master link, I find that I can now do much more in the way of maintenance at home. I'll no longer need to bring my ...
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What causes chain suck?

Specifically when changing gears from middle chain ring to smallest, the chain will sometimes get 'sucked' up between the inner chainring and chain stay. It seems to happen more often in muddy ...
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What could be the reason for chain skipping

My chain is skipping only on the smallest sprocket, and it skips with every crank turn. The chain is not stretched. Also, chainrings are almost new. Could this freewheel be the reason, it doesn't seem ...
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How do I reduce slack in the chain of a single-speed bicycle?

I have a single speed bicycle that has some slack in the chain and threatens to come off. How can I reduce this slack?
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When going up hills, my gears drop 2 to 3 slots. Is this my cable tension?

I own an old bike, with the old style gear shifters (levers). I have been trying to get the cable tension right. However, it seems to be getting worse. Whenever I am on a slight incline or just in a ...
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Chain really quite stretched, should I change cassette at the same time?

I measured my chain last night - 10 links were 25.8-25.9 cm. So I ordered a new one, tools and spare link pins (Shimano 8-speed HG). I'm thinking this amount of wear might explain why my least ...
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slow bike…is it the chain?

I have two Specialized Langster (one brand new 2013 model (54 cm) and the other a couple of years old unique London model (52 cm)) - both are single speed. Got sick of getting punctures on my daily ...
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Decoding Chain Descriptions

When you see chains advertised, they are specifically noted to be for 11-speed or 10-speed bikes or something similar. Does this mean the they are for bikes with any front cog configuration but only ...
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Upgrade my Rear Cassette from 12/25t to 11/28t

I have a Specialized Secteur 8-speed road bike with a Shimano HG850 12/25t rear cassette running on a KMX Z type narrow chain my crankset is a 52/42/30, I have done about 2,000 miles so it's probably ...
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Suitable remedy for chain damaged by bike shop

I've got a fairly old Dawes Discovery 301 (not sure of the year); earlier today I took it to a shop to have a replacement bottom bracket fitted. I rode it 2 miles home, and noticed a slight ...
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How are Prophete chains with built-in locks assembled?

I recently bought a 3/32" chain from Prophete, and despaired in the attempt to close it. The complex end of the chain looks like this: Now, at first thought, the slight groove (the one where you ...
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What are the benefits of nickel-plated chains?

Bicycle chains with higher model numbers (and slightly higher prices) are often nickel-plated or half-nickel-plated. What are the benefits of nickel-plated chains over non-nickel-plated chains? How ...
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How do I tell if a loose chain is because of the chain or the ring wearing?

My chain looks as though it's 'stretched' - by the time it's fed around the large front chainring it appears to be 'longer' than when on the other chainrings. Therefore I'm trying to work out whether ...
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Help with cassette, worn or not?

I have done exactly 2879 km on my cassette, and currently I got myself a new chain which is a third for this cassette. With first chain I made 1985km, but I already noticed a significant degradation ...
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how do I paint a bicycle chain?

I've seen chains with so many colours, white, red, you name it. I would like to give it a try (this paint job is intended for visual styling of the bike, nothing related to protecting it), but I have ...
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What chain is this?

I have a Viking Torino 21 speed road bike. The bike has Shimano Sora derailleurs. The chain is in need of replacing but I don't know what chain to buy. Here is a photo I have taken of the current ...
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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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Why is 2nd largest rear cog making clicking noise?

I have constant clicking noise from the 2nd largest rear cog on my cycle. It starts as soon as I shift into the 2nd gear either from 1st or 3rd gear. I have checked the following things - 1. Cable ...
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How to remove a Shimano Quick-Link?

I'm currently repurposing an old frame and replacing the drivetrain. If possible I'd keep the old 7 speed drive train the bike had together in case I ever find a use for it. The chain is an HG40 ...
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What Are the Widths of Shimano 8, 9, and 10 Speed Cassettes?

I was hoping that someone could provide me with the precise Shimano road-bike 8, 9, and 10 speed sizes for the following: Cassette Spacer Width Cog/Tooth Width Maximum Chain Width
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Is a 7 speed chainring compatible with an 8, 9 or 10 speed cassette and chain?

Currently I have a 7 speed cassette (13-23) running with a spacer on a new Tiagra hub. After I changed my chain, the wear has made two of the gears unusable. I am considering changing the cassette to ...
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smallest cog of cassette rubbing on seatstay

I built up a NOS late 90s steel frame with a similar era Campagnolo Chorus 9 speed groupset. Has gone well, except the stays/dropouts don't seem to quite like a 9 speed cassette. The second smallest ...
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Why are master links so expensive?

2.51 euro for a quick-link (the cheapest)? But this is not so different from just single chain link. Why such prices and not for a dime?
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when does a 1/8" chain need replacing?

I use a Park Tool device to check for stretch on my derailleured bikes - can the same tool be usefully deployed on a 1/8" 'track' chain, does anyone know? If not, how then to check for wear?
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How can I tell if a chain has a master link?

I need to remove the chain on my internal-hub cruiser to clean it (i.e., no rear or front deraileur), and I'd rather not remove my back wheel if I can avoid that. What do I look for to find the master ...
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Can a 10-speed chain be used with a 9-speed cassette?

I have an extra 10-speed chain I would like to use with a 9-speed cassette on my mountain bike. Will this combination work ok?