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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Why should you not just buy the chain with more links?

I have the choice of buying a 114 or a 116 link chain for the same price. Why would I not buy the longer one and shorten it? In my case my bike previously had 108 links, and assuming that was ...
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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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How do I figure out which size chain my fixed gear bike has

My fixed gear bike is going to want a new chain soon, how do I figure out which width I should use?
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Relationship between chain tension and chain wear

On a 10 speed road bike, what is the ideal chain tension? I was recently told (by a bike shop) that my rear derailleur should be fully extended (pointing forward) when the chain is between the 2 ...
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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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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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Can a greasy chain cause the chain to come off the rings?

I heard once that you should clean your chain with a light degreaser whenever it looks especially dirty or at the very least once every few months. But that doesn't account for frequency of rides or ...
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Should I change my chain? It broke once, but its condition seems rather good

Expanding a bit on the title, I ride a 27.5" KTM Peak XT with a 3x10 setup. The chain I'm currently using is of unknown provenience (it was already there when I bought the bike, and it wasn't new). ...
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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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my chain is skipping on my single speed

The chain keeps wanting to load towards the right hand side of the cog no matter how I orientate the chain. This causes painful skipping. Do the marks have anything to do with it? I have a ...
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How do you connect and disconnect a quick release chain link?

I can't find any nice video or pictures tutorial that explains how to connect and disconnect a quick release chain link. Am I not finding anything because it has another more common name? How do you ...
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Lots of chain slack… Time for a new chain? Bad derailluer?

I got home from a short ride up the street today where there was a lot of clicking and skipping of chain links and when I got home I realized my chain had a ton of slack. After looking around on the ...
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Do I really need a magic link or can I just replace the pin on my chain?

To install a new chain I need a chain tool to shorten it to the proper length. Why not just use that same tool to replace the pin and not deal with a magic link? Seems to me the pin would be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Chain replaced but bottom jockey wheel “jumps”?

I have a 10speed MTB and replace the chain using a powerlink. Now the bottom pulley wheel makes like a jumping kind of movement. It is not smooth. Also when in my small ring in front I get chain ...
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Which master links for 1/8 inch aka BMX chains?

It was very easy to find master links for 3/32inch (aka 9-speed chain) but I cannot find them for 1/8 inch (aka BMX chain). My chain is the Nexus CN-NX10. Cannot understand the odd observation that ...
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Old chain still shifting perfectly, should I change it out?

My chain is ready to be replaced according to gauge, but, my shifting is flawless. Should I replace the chain or squeeze another few hundred miles out ? It currently has about 2500 and is a CN6701. ...
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Choosing a new chain

I am going to buy a new chain for my bike, and read the answers for this question: advantage of expensive chains? The accepted answer said, that there is no difference between inexpensive and ...
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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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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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For what kind of bike and under what riding conditions would a Biologic FreeDrive Chain Cover be suitable?

I've got a Strida 5.2 and absolutely love the greaseless experience. For ordinary chain bikes, when could a Biologic FreeDrive Chain Cover be used without causing troubles, but only provide a cleaner ...
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How to assemble bike chain with no Master link?

I just bought a KMC chain on Amazon, and to my surprise, it didn't come with any kind of master link or connecting pin. I thought this was standard. So, did I just forget to order the part, or can you ...
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Why does the chain misalign in the lower pulley when shifting to the small front cog?

Almost every time I go from the big, to the small, front cog on my SRAM Red 2011 (with a KMC chain), the chain ends in the lower pulley position, as shown in the photo. Why?
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how to fix gear ring that over-jumps

I am pretty new here, and I am not acknowledged with the bicycle terminology in English, so this topic might be a duplicate. Sorry in advance. So, when I put more pressure while pedaling, the chain ...
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Question about chain re-attaching

I have a question about chain "closing" (not sure of the english word, but you get it, right?). I know how to open a chain with a chain tool, and I know I must not "go too far" as to remove the rivet ...
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Had the front derailleur adjusted, now it feels like the rear is skipping

Here is the short version. I'm all for adding more once I know what that more is to help answer said question. I work on the road. I take my Felt ZW75 ...
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stiff gears and chain coming off while pedalling forward (hub gear)

So I recently replaced the back wheel's tyre on my bike. Got it all fitted back on again, and the chain and everything are in place as they should be. However, changing up gears has become very stiff ...
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Do Master Link pliers help with SS / fixie chain assembly?

A followup to my own question, seeking specific help. I'd like to know if anyone is using a set of "master link pliers" (something like Park's MLP-1 MLP-1.2, or try this search) to help them with ...
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4 year old alivio 8 speed rear gears - compatible chain

I need to replace my chain (for the first time). My bike is roughly 4 years old using Alivio 8 speed (24 gears) system. Looking at wiggle they seem to have 3 chains available. Looking at other ...
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Which chain should I use for Rex Touring with 5 gears?

The bike is about 15 years old. The size of tyre is probably 28. I want to change the old chain. I am not sure which chain I can put to the bike. Does any chain which length is enough for 28 fit my ...
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Bike feels like it is getting stuck when I start pedaling or increase pressure as I go up hills

My bike feels like it is getting stuck when I start pedaling or increase pressure as I go up hills. Of course, I checked to see if the brakes were rubbing but they are completely free of the wheel. ...
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Crunching/grinding chain noise

I repaired a puncture in the back wheel of my bicycle and had some trouble re-attaching the wheel to my bike. I finally did it but now the chain makes a terrible crunching noise when I pedal forward, ...
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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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Can I use a SRAM PC850 chain on a 6-speed bike?

I want to buy a chain for a 6-speed bike. I know SRAM chains have the special link, meaning that no tools are needed. I've seen a very good deal on the SRAM PC850 chain, but their website lists this ...
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Are these chainrings the reason my chain skips/hops?

When I ride my bike normally, then chain skips like crazy. I know it skips in the front because I stuck some paper in the chain to see if it moved and it didn't. Chainrings:
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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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Why do my pedals shake and pop?

Just purchased a cruiser bike online that i had to assemble. When i rode it for the first time, i notice my pedals felt shakey, 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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Effect of salt on bike chain

I have seen other questions on this forum where preventive measures against salt water on bike chain are discussed. I have seen them in context to rusting. What I want to ask is that, rusting will be ...
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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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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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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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What does usually worn first, the chain or the cog?

I have an old bicycle that I would like to repair. Basically the chain is always "clicking/jumping" when I pedal. I know this is either a worn chain or cog. My question is what worns first? If it's ...
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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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Bought new chain. Do I have to remove links?

I have this bike I got it from wal-mart many years ago. Same as this one on amazon: Denali The chain rusted. I noticed that it listed the chain on amazon. Chain: KMC Z 51 I bought this one. I'm ...
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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 ...