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's the most useful style of chain gauge?

I see that there are three kinds of chain wear gauge: The basic kind. I'm used to using this kind: The hook style. Supposedly provides an indication of how worn the chain is. I've used these and ...
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How to achieve an always clean chain

My chain and cogs always look very dirty as the oil attracts dirt. It is a constant problem as you can't fully avoid stains on your trousers and hands. Also, that looks ugly and I believe it wears the ...
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Cold weather chain lube?

My Rock N Roll Gold bike lube seems to get solid or gelatenous when stored on my unheated, but enclosed porch at colder temperatures. Is a chain lubricated with this product still going to be ...
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Reusing SRAM 10 Speed PowerLock?

According to: http://www.sram.com/sram/road/technologies/powerlock "SRAM chain engineers developed PowerLock as a tool free, sure and consistent way to connect our 10 speed chains. While PL does ...
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What could cause the bicycle chain to break?

I'm on an old Muji 3-speed commuter bicycle which uses an internal Shimano gear hub, and I recently (3 months ago) got my bike chain changed by my LBS. For about 2 weeks I felt the chain would ...
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KMC Z8S IG or HG compatibility

I have bought a KMC Z8S chain , but it slides over the rear cassette . The model of the cassette is Shimano CS-HG30-81 , it is not worn yet , and the chain length is also perfectly calculated . The ...
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Why does my chain slip off the chainring when cruising or back pedalling?

My bike is a little more then a year old (although I do put a lot of miles on it, about 12 miles a day), this problem seems to have started about a week ago. It's a 7 speed Avilon Next (a cheap brand ...
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Odd metallic chafing sound

I bought a second hand road bike recently, I'm quite new to the field. I had a wet'ish ride and ever since getting a little bit of mud on my bike there's a metallic chaffing sound whenever I apply ...
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What's the logic behind this chain length estimation method?

I know of several methods of sizing a chain for a bike: As many links as the previous chain. Small-small. The RD should be barely expanded, the chain nearly rubbing against itself roller-cogs. The ...
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Bike chain too long?

Recently, my road bike's chain got cut, so i took it for replacement. A new chain was inserted and the shifting had a good transition. However, when i shift on the harder gears, i hear "crack crack ...
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Chain link jams after reassembling the rivet [duplicate]

I bought a chain riveting tool. Here is how it looks like: It works fine, I was able to push the rivet out of a test chain. But faced an unexpected difficulty: after I restore the rivet to it's ...
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How do I fit this pair of chain tensioners on my single speed bike?

I have these chain tensioners: How do I install them correctly on my single speed bike? Do they go on the inside or outside of the frame? My dropouts look something like this: Apologies if the ...
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How often should I lube with Pedros Ice Wax? [duplicate]

I'm a usa cycling road racer. I just got a recommended lube Pedros Ice Wax. I ride about 100 miles a week. How often should I lube my chain with it and how often should I clean it?
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Chain skipping with new chain and freewheel

I've recently (last 6 months) begun riding again after many years away and have begun updating components on my bike (a mid 80s era Fuji). After replacing the rear wheel and freewheel I developed a ...
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Mechanic says not to use top three/bottom two gears or the chain will throw

I just bought a BTwin Fit 5, all stock, fresh from the distributor, Decathlon. Took it for light pacing at the store and things seemed OK. About 100 metres out the door, I shift up to the top end of ...
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Chain too wide for gap between chainring and chainring guard

I have a Seek 0 2013 and recently the chain has been stretched so far that it needed to be replaced. On the Giant site it says that this is sold with a KMC Z51 1/2" * 3/32" chain. I've since gone to ...
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Derailleur twitching in low gears

I had a mild spill today on my new bike, which put the (Tiagra) derailleur cage a little bit out of line. With some bending and eyeballing, I got the two jockey wheels lined up 'almost' perfectly ...
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Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?

My bike's recently been in for a service so afterwards I checked that all the gears are shifting and working properly. As part of my testing I put some power through the cranks in the photographed ...
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Looking for advice on upgrading

I have a Specialized Rockhopper SL. It currently has the Rock Shox Dart 3 front shocks and the Shimano HG-50 chain/crank set. I want to upgrade it cause when I hit that top gear and I'm going all out ...
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I just replaced my cassette, do I need replace the 2 month old chain?

I replaced both my cassette and chain in July (2.5 months ago). For some reason my chain started skipping when I was in the smallest cog in back. I took it to a shop, they could not find anything ...
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Chain falling off inner chain ring no matter how L screw is set

Bike is a relatively new Cannondale Carbon Synapse with the Ultegra 6800 groupset (although front chainrings are FSA). Has about 1000KMs on it. Bike has been great, but I went out on a ride today ...
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Upgrading wheels on a vintage Peugeot Frame

OK so I have a Peugeot Galibier bike that consists of a Reynolds 301 steel frame. A while back the original derailer gave up the ghost while riding, bending the rear-wheel spokes in the process. I ...
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Shorten or replace bicycle chain?

The chain on my internally geared hub bicycle is now too long even when the rear wheel is entirely pulled back. How do I tell whether it's sufficient to shorten the chain by removing some links, or if ...
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My chain came out of dérailleur frame, but gap seems too small, am I misunderstanding something?

So the chain came off my bike on the way to work this morning, but when I tried to put it back on, it seems like it has also come out of the dérailleur frame, but the gap where it seems to have come ...
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Is wear on this derailleur pic normal?

I have had issues with noisey drivetrain and inconsistent shifting despite indexing adjustment. I have found wear on the top jockey wheel cage, is this normal or should the chain not rub here? Does ...
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Do chains on single-speed last longer than those on geared bikes?

I have a Jamis Beatnik (love) and ride on the single-speed side of my hub. I'm wondering - derailleurs seem to me like they might 'stress' the chain (even if only slightly) more than single-speed in ...
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How many chain links do I need?

Looking for chains at ebay, I see, that they have 106, 114, 116 links and so on. I have a racing bike (2x7) and see, that chains are often announced as 6-7-8-speed, 10-speed, 11-speed. Since there ...
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New Chain and Cassette - If I am not racing does it matter?

I need to replace my chain and cassette and I am not sure what "level" I need to pick? I have SRAM RED and have never replaced my cassette or chain (Two years) I had brought my bike in for a tune up ...
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New chain snaps after shop service

I changed my chain on my bike last week for a new 9-speed SRAM chain. When I did this it became apparent that my cassette was worn beyond use, so I took my bike for a service at my local shop. They ...
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Risks/problems of a short chain

I've put a new chain on my bike using method 3 from Zinn's art of road bike maintenance to determine length: "Wrap the chain around the big chainring and biggest cog without going through either ...
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Is it best to put oil on the inner or outer of the chain?

When I oil my bike chain, I oil the inside and the outside like so: 1. Oil here ▼ ___________________ / \ | 2. And oil here ▼ | \___________________/ Cycle on 1/4 of ...
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Chain skipping on new freewheel and chain setup - What went wrong?

BACKGROUND NOTE: The bike is a 1992 Univega MTB that originally came with 6-speed SIS with a triple chainring. I removed the SIS shifter when it broke, and went with a friction shifter. The bike is ...
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Does the chain direction make a difference?

Recently, I helped a friend install a new chain on her road bike, and for the first time read the instructions for installing one. It seems to claim that there's a forward direction, and that it ...
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Chain Noise I identified the problem, don't know how to solve it (chain/cassette?)

I bought a bike, second hand, yesterday. The bike looks quite new and it is ok, but I notice that with some gear I got a clicking noise. After inspecting the bike, I notice that the chain does not ...
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Did SRAM change/update their 10 speed PowerLink?

On a rare occurrence this weekend I managed to completely destroy my SRAM PowerLink. So I went over to my LBS and got a new one; however, when I went to install it, it was super hard to close the link ...
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Shimano FD-M191 replaced with Shimano FD-M590

just replaced Shimano front derailleur (FD-M191) to FD-M590. And problem appears, on smallest cog chain rubs lightly on left side, and on biggest cog on right side. Just can't lower derailleur more ...
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Brand New bike, chain slips into spokes on first gear

I just bought my first bike as an adult with the intents of biking to work. This bike is brand new, is the Schwinn Admiral 700c from Walmart. I get it home and whenever I shift into first gear the ...
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What is the easiest way to fix a loose chain?

Are there adjustments that can be made instead of replacing it?
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Chain Slipping?

I am not the most knowledgeable when it comes to bikes so please bear with me. I have a Claud Butler and after fixing a puncture I decided to ride it. As I was riding, I could hear a sort of rattling ...
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Chain Splitter vs. Chain Tool vs. Chain Breaker

What is the difference between a Chain Splitter and a Chain Tool and a Chain Breaker? Are they the same thing?
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How dirty should the chain and the cogs be before I should consider cleaning them?

I'm new to bicycling and have been riding for a month or so. I just saw a few questions here regarding cleaning of the chain and thought "whoa, I should clean the chain". How dirty (visually) should ...
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How to reuse a rim after the brake edge has been damaged [duplicate]

My chain fell of and got stuck a few days ago (i ride fixed gear) and made a real mess of my back rim. I noticed 2 marks on the brake edge of the rim where the chain scraped along. they are not very ...
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Specific 10 speed chain models that work well on 9 speed Shimano rear drivetrains

I maintain several 9-speed (rear cassette) road bikes (Giant OCR 1/2/3, Tiagra and 105 from 2000-ish era) and one 10-speed rear cassette 105 road bike, made in 2007. I'm trying to find out if I can ...
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Adjusting gear ratio

I currently ride a single-speed converted bike (vertical drop-outs). I like the ride but feel that when I'm going for high speed on the road, I'm pedaling too much. Currently running a 18T cog on the ...
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Upgrading cassette - what do I need to be aware of?

I'm looking to replace my rear cassette and reduce the tooth count between the sprockets in order to make my gear changes less dramatic. I currently have a 11/26 9 speed SRAM cassette, and a stock ...
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Rear wheel at edge of dropouts on a Surly Cross Check

The rear wheel on my Surly Cross Check is right at the edge of the rear dropout but the chain is tensioned correctly. If I move the wheel back into the dropout so it is comfortably in the middle, I ...
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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, ...