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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Best chain lubricant for commuter/utility bikes?

What's the best chain lubricant for a bike used for riding in normal(ish) clothes, year-round? I've been using Tri-Flow, but that tends to leave black greasy/dirty stains on pants, shoes, etc. I've ...
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How to fix new chain that switches gears when pedaling backwards

I just recently replaced a chain that got incredibly beat up in the winter (it was rusted, and practically stiff when I removed it.) I removed links from the new chain to match the length of the ...
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How tight should my chain be?

I recently put new tires on my bike, and in so doing, removed and replaced the wheels. It seems that now my chain has more slack in it than before, and if I pedal backwards while in the smaller cog ...
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Chain clicks when the back wheel is in highest and lowest gears

When I have my back wheel gears in either the lowest gear or highest gear, my chain clicks as I peddle. How do I fix this?
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Quiet and strong chain recommendation for fixed gear commuter bike

I went through a couple of chains on my fixie bike, but I was not too happy with any of them. Basically they seemed pretty noisy when more pressure was applied where cycling. Could you recommend one ...
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How often should I lube my chain?

I ride less than 200 miles a week, and I'm at about the 200 mile mark on my new road bike. Most of my riding is done on the road in an urban city, so there is a lot of odd, unnatural debris. My LBS ...
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How do I reduce slack in the chain of a single-speed bicycle?

I have a single speed bicycle that has some slack in the chain and threatens to come off. How can I reduce this slack?
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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?