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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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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Are all 9 speed chains compatible with all 9 speed systems?

My current chain is x9, but it's expensive in eBay. Can I use any 9 speed chain like on this page?
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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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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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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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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 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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Is it necessary to buy a special tool to open the chain lock

I've installed a chain lock to my chain. It looks like this (mine is not KMC): Now I need to unlink the chain to clean it, but I can't do it: the lock is too tight. I found a special tool on ebay ...
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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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I have a broken my drive side crankarm - what do I need to do?

I recently had to dash home for a minor emergency. I noticed that one pedal was a bit wobbly but I had no choice but to push on. Once I got home and the emergency had been dealt with I noticed that my ...
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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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Should I remove the chain before installing new rear derailleur?

I want to put a new Sram X7 instead of killed one, should I open the chain (if I have no chain lock) or it's better to open the derailleur?
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Replacing Crankset. Do I need to replace chain? Then do I need to replace cassette?

Over the past year, my road bike's crankset has gotten pretty bent up and out of wack. Not due to abuse, just wear and tear I guess. It's pretty bent and has a nice wobble that I can see as I look ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Chain skipping on MTB

I've had my Trek 3900 for about a year now, and I replaced the chain about 3 months ago, but otherwise it's running with the same parts it came with (not counting tubes and tires). I had to replace ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Will an 1/8' chain and cogs wear slower than 3/32' chain and cogs for single speed / fixed gear setup?

Will an 1/8" chain and cogs wear slower than 3/32" chain and cogs for single speed / fixed gear setup? What about using an 1/8' chain mismatched on 3/32" chainring and cogs?
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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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Should I use an already master-linked chain or add a masterlink to a plain chain?

Trying to find moderately-priced 9-speed chain is a pain, particularly with a master/missing link already installed. I can only find PC-971 master-linked chains from US market but shipping and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Checking fixie for damage

This morning during my morning commute I had an unintended lesson in fixie skidding: I dropped the chain, it got stuck between the cog and the hub and locked the wheel. I'm not sure where that skill ...
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How to break reinforced Shimano pin?

Sorry if my technical English is a bit imprecise. I just put on new Shimano CN-HG53 chain. I joined the ends not with regular pin, but with provided reinforced one (like one of those below). The ...
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What is causing noise/vibration high power input on right hand (drive side) crank?

I am getting a repetitive grinding sound/slight vibration while fully mashing on my Kona-humu single speed. Description of Problem This grinding is more similar to what you would hear from an ...
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What kind of lubrication is used on Electra Townie 8i chain?

I just got a new Electra Townie 8i and notice that the chain appears clean and silvery. Is it supposed to be lubricated and if so, what is recommended lubrication?
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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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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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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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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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Can a 10-speed mountain bike chain be used on a 10-speed road bike?

I would like to use a Shimano Deore XT Chain CN-HG94 on my road bike. Are there any differences between roadbike chains versus mountain bike chains that prohibit this? Sample Road Bike Chains: Dura ...
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What kind of master link is most convenient for IGH / fixie / ss setups?

Here's a question related to this and this -- I've got a IGH bike and want to keep the drivetrain clean. I prefer to remove the chain for regular maintenance, but don't want to have to remove the ...
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Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?

I ride an SE Lager fixed. On the 30th of May this year I did a bit of an overhaul, replacing the rear cog, chain, wheels, tyres and brake pads. I measured the chain last weekend and discovered that ...
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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 ...