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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Is a self cleaning lube enough for chain maintenance?

I've been trying to figure out what I should use when cleaning my bicycle chain. When I first purchased my bike, I knew I needed to lube my chain when i did regular maintenance. I purchased some ...
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how do you make a chain longer with a simple chain breaker?

I was replacing a chain and managed to cut the chain too short. Is it possible to make the chain longer using a simple chain breaker? If so, how?
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Why does my chain keep jumping off the front chainring on my 1x9?

My chain has a tendency to frequently jump off the front chainring. I have a 1x9 so it's not a front derailleur issue. It generally happens when I hit something like the lip of a driveway or sidewalk ...
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the derailer is touching chain and it won't let me go past 14 speed supposed to go 21 speeds

The derailer on my 21-speed bike looks like it's bent. It won't let the chain go onto the 3rd ring of the front derailer so, no I can't shift past the 14th speed. If I try it makes a loud sound, like ...
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Can you reverse the sprockets on a cassette to lengthen its lifespan?

I know my bike's rear cassette needs replacing, but before I do that, is it feasible to dismantle the 8 sprockets to reverse their spin? Can you increase the lifespan of a cassette by letting the cogs ...
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What is causing phantom shifting on front chainring?

I have a steel cyclocross bike which doubles as my weekend bike and my daily commuter. About a month ago I got in a wreck and bent the rear derailleur hanger and the rear derailleur. Got the hanger ...
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Replacing the front derailleur: unlink the chain?

If I want to replace the front derailleur on an already set up bicycle (replace SRAM Apex with SRAM Force), do I have to unlink and relink the chain on order to thread it through the FD cage? Or can I ...
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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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Need help choosing compatible rear derailleur, cassette & chain

I just "inherited" a bike that has no rear derailleur or chain. It also looks like the cassette is pretty worn, so I'm thinking about replacing that too. I've looked around on the forum and I think ...
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Is an Acera cassette compatible with an 8-speed Deore rear derailleur?

Is this Shimano Acera 8-speed cassette and chain compatible with a Shimano Deore 8-speed rear derailleur on my mountain bike?
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Unable to change from 14th to 7th

I've got a bike that I have had for about 8 weeks and it has already been back to be serviced twice. It's just returned from the second service and I've noticed that it is not shifting from 14th to ...
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Chain fell out of rear derailleur when wheel off.

I took my rear wheel off to fix a flat and hung the bike up by its front wheel to store. when I returned to put the tire back on the chain had slipped totally out of the rear derailleur, caged jockey ...
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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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Should I use a master link?

I just ordered a new KMC X10SL Ti 10 Speed chain for my bike. And I am wondering if I should use a master link or not. In the past I have had much trouble with them. I used to use them on my 9 ...
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How to tell what length of chain to get?

I am replacing the chain on my road bike soon. How do I know how many links to get? Does it have to exactly 114 or 116. Or is it not a big deal? I ordered a 116 link chain. Will I need to shorten ...
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Using a new chain on worn out sprocket?

I went to REI yesterday because my bottom bracket was creaking. I brought my bike with me so I could get the right tools to take it off, but while I was there the mechanic actually took the ...
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Can I use gear oil on my chain?

I don't have any chain oil right now, but I have some gear oil left over from working on my car. Would it be an effective chain lubricant? It's listed as 80W90, but reading the Wikipedia article ...
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How bad is cross chaining?

Accepted wisdom is that is bad and that we should never do it. However, most of us set up our bikes so that we can run any gear combination. Invariably, I'll occasionally look down and see that I'm ...
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Why is my chain riding up and skipping teeth on the freewheel?

Due to a number of reasons, I would like to keep my freewheel at all costs (It's a Sachs freewheel, the bike has all sorts of more 'vintage' components, and they're hard to come by). From reading all ...
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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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Is there any reason to keep original drive-train components together until they can all be replaced?

I broke the master link in my chain a while ago and my LSB told me it was because I wasn't cleaning/lubricating my chain often enough. The chain had experienced more wear than it should have as a ...
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Is the Power-Link designed for routine usage?

I have a Power-Link which i intended to use in emergencies (when the chain breaks and i'm far from home). Used it once, worked pretty well. Now i wonder, what if i use it permanently with my chain? ...
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Do cassettes and chains need to be replaced at the same time?

Someone recently told me that if I replace my cassette I need to replace my chain (and vice versa) so that they wear evenly. Is this true? And, can anyone elaborate on the reasoning for this a bit ...
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What sort of bike chain do I need for my bike? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I tell which size chain my bike uses? I have a vintage Ross road bike, and the chain recently snapped during one of my rides. The bike has 2 gears in the front ...
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How to Get Starter Pins

I'm not sure if 'starter pin' is the correct terminology. When you buy a new chain, that doesn't have a master link, you get a longer pin that allows you to put the chain together. Then you simply ...
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Clicking gears on new Electra Townie 8i

I asked a similar question related to slipping gears here: Slipping gears on new Electra Townie 8i but now I no longer get slipping, but clicking noise when the pedals are rotated either forward ...
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Chain slipping off derailleur jockey (need suggestions ASAP)

Last week, I had to abandon a training ride due to my chain slipping off my rear derailleur jockey. This would only happen when shifting, and most often when either shifting chainrings or shifting ...
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Why are 10 speed chains so expensive?

I've noticed that 10-speed chains cost 2.5 times as much as their 9 speed counterparts. Is this just because there isn't much demand for these, so the manufacturers can justify the ridiculous expense? ...
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Can I use this chainlink?

I bought this SRAM PC1091 chain for my compact chainset and have been running it since January. In order for the chain to fit properly I cut a few links from it. I am now getting a standard chainset, ...
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What would be the “definitive” formula to calculate chainstay length from sprocket size, chainring size and number of chain links?

Before I started to write this answer, I thoroughly read this question, its answers and comments: How do I calculate the diameter of a chainring from the number of teeth? So, my question tries to ...
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Better 7-speed chain for Trek Allant?

Bought a Trek Allant for cycling to work (ca 10 miles). Now, after exact 512 miles the chain is worn out and starts damaging the cassette and chainset. Cheap crap material! Is there anything out there ...
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Cassette HG 51, which chain?

I need to replace my cassette (Shimano HG30 8speed 11-32) and chain (KMC Z7) that is currently on my bike (pinnacle Aura), however these parts are now discontiuned and I need to find the replacments. ...
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Alternative Chain Grease/Lube

Can I use this general-purpose lithium grease on my chain until I can get some Finish Line lube? Thanks in advance.
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What's the point of removing the excess oil after lubing the chain?

There is a very strong point in bike-mechanics culture, which I've seen in very competent answers here, too, to apply one drop of lube in every single roller of a clean chain, and then (!very ...
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Using non-Shimano link with Shimano chain?

I know the official answer from Shimano is you can only use their quick link, but practically is it okay to use SRAM or KMC links? Specifically, I have the Shimano HG-40 chain.
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Should a link opened/closed by a chain-breaker be stiff afterwards?

I disassembled my bike's drivetrain to degrease and regrease all the components. I used a chain-breaker for the first time (previous bikes had a master link) to open a chain link and remove the chain. ...
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Rust on chain and cassette

It looks like rust on my chain and cassette. Both were new 5 months (4000 km) ago. The chain is about 60% worn/stretched. I've been riding 5 days/week, 40 km/day, Toronto on mild winter roads, and ...
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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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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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Should I Oil A Single Speed Chain?

My question is simple. Do I need to oil a chain on a single speed bike?
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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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Is my front derailleur angled straight?

I am attempting to adjust my front gears and have also been following a video to adjust the high/low position of my front derailleur. The issue I am having is that the low adjustment is no where near ...
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Options for replacing a 7 speed Shimano cassette / chain

I would like to replace my 7 speed HG70 cassette and chain. My problem is that it is increasingly difficult to find quality parts for 7 speed system. My bike is a Trek 970 from 1993, originally with ...
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SRAM chain with Shimano cassette and crankset?

When new my bike had all Shimano components. When it was time to replace the chain, the LBS installed an SRAM chain. Was that a mistake on their part (if so, was it a bad mistake)? I had a problem ...
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While pedaling standing up, bike crank gives in as if shifting, what is causing this?

While standing up and pedaling, the cranks give in as if shifting. It seams like I am shifting down, but my hands are off the shifter, almost like the chain is skipping a link. I took it to a bike ...
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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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New chain is pre-lubricated, should I clean it?

My new chain is totally coated in lube. I would never ride a bike with a chain like this normally. All that goop is just going to collect flotsam from the road and wear out the chain. Should I clean ...
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Replaced tyre and tube, now the rear gears will not stop

Just put on a tyre and innertube, fits perfectly, but now when I stop pedalling the gears at the back keep moving so the chain just sags down so much that it hits the wheel etc. Any ideas on how to ...
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Chain slipping on newish bike

I've looked at most of the answers for related questions and they all speak about replacing parts that are old. I just bought a new bike from a friend who rode the bike for about a month before ...
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How to Sight a Chain Line

I just finished building a single speed bike and I think my chain line might be a little off. Is there a tool or trick to sighting the chain line?