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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'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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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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Chain slipping off a non geared bike

I have a normal ranger bike without gears, I've had this bike for quite a while now, been 8 years. But recently it's chain has started slipping off. I have maintained it well, changed the chain a ...
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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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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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Is it possible to over-clean a bike chain?

I've seen it suggested that cleaning a chain too often or too thoroughly is bad for it, in that it removes the lubricant from the innermost parts of the chain, where it's most needed and most ...
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Chain hops off cassette sprockets when I stand-pedal

When I pedal while standing, the chain hops off to a smaller cog. This happens when I "tilt" the bike, as we do when stand-pedal. I am not really sure why this happens, but I think the chain is loose. ...
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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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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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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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Squeaking sounds after lubricating the cogset and chain

My bicycle didn't produce any squeaks until the last weekend, when I decided to make a little maintenance. First, I used "Easy Clean" spray from the White Lightning brand to clean the cogset and the ...
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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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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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My chain appears to be squeaking when I ride it forward but not backwards

At first I thought I just needed to lubricate my chain, so I degreased it and just re-lubed it very thoroughly. It's still squeaking. I thought it could maybe be a derailleur pulley issue, but I ...
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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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Which durable Chain Breaker?

I bought the cheapest chain breaker, XLC 10EUR, and its head got loose on the first try (maybe due to my poor handling or it is not well-done product). I was on the journey and had to get it so did ...
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Pedals won't turn normally following strange noises

My bike suddenly started creaking and squeaking very loud, and moreso the more pressure I put on the pedals. Then the pedals got stickier and harder to turn until I couldn't turn them at all. This was ...
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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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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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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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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 quick-...
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Why do my pedals shake and pop?

I just purchased a cruiser bike online that I had to assemble. When I rode it for the first time, I notice my pedals felt shaky, whether pedaling or coasting, and when I did pedal every few seconds ...
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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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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 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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1x Specific Chain

I was shopping around and noticed the presence of 1x specific chains for the specific cassette size (9, 10, 11). Is there actually something special about these changes or is this just marketing? 1X ...
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How good or bad would chainsaw bar lubricant be as a bicycle chain lube?

A former cow orker asked me this today - and I don't have a good answer. He has access to plentiful quantities of chainsaw bar lubricant, the stuff that helps a chainsaw's chain move around the metal ...
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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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If chain/ BB/ casette are dead can chainrings and derailleurs still be OK?

I bought a brand new bike last May (2015 Brodie Elan) and proceeded to put 11,000km on it by November (cross Canada ride plus some commuting). Around the 11,000km mark I brought it back to the shop ...
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Cranksets for tandem with internal gear hub

I am thinking about assembling a trekking tandem bike. I would like to use an internal gear hub and put both chains on the right side of the bike. I have some questions about the cranksets: What ...
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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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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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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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My chain is catching on a part for which I don't even know the name

A couple of days ago I was riding my bike and when I hit a hill and was shifting down through my gears, the chain slipped off the gears. I hopped off the bike and walked it back home, flipped it ...
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What is causing this chain clicking noise?

The click only happens when the chain is moving in certain locations. If the gear is low it happens every rotation and if the gear is high it happens 2 or 3 times per rotation of the pedal. I am ...
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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 ...