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 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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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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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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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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What tool is needed to remove KMC X11 w/MissingLink, 11-speed chain?

I need to take it out and then clean it- its full of sand. Maybe even replace it. Does any universal chain tool work. Should I get one from the manufacturer.
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Replacing rusty crankset

I am trying to replace a rusted crankset for a friend's hybrid and I was wondering if I get the same ratio set would I have to change the mechanism as that's fine.
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My chain snapped ,need help [duplicate]

My chain broke today and I want to get a new replacement for it I just don't know what size I need my bike has 3 gears in front and 6 in the back which I'm guessing is an 18 speed and if you can leave ...
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why would my chain slip on the road, but not when the bike is on a stand?

The chain on my bike has started to slip a lot -- every couple of seconds when riding. It happens, as far as I can tell, in every gear, and is unrelated to shifting. The precise nature of the problem ...
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How to tell the size of a bike chain? [duplicate]

My bike's chain broke, so I have to replace it now. The question is - how can I tell what size chain do I need to buy so it fits the bike? It's a 5 gear internal-hub bike.
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single speed mtb chain slipping

hey i am new here and i was just wondering if anyone can help me out with the problem of my chain keeps slipping when i pedal a little bit hard. I took my bike to lbs and they said that my chain was ...
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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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Chain length when swapping between cassette sizes (11-28 and 11-23)

Currently I am running a semi compact 52/36 up front and a 11-28 at the back. I'm planning on getting a 11-23 cassette for criterium races, and have the 11-28 for hillier rides. Will there be any ...
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Chain vs seatstay with a 50T Chainring - BMX frame

I plan to put a 50T chainring on my bmx but I am afraid to have an interference between the chain and the frame. Does anybody know what is the critical distance between the seatstay and the chain so ...
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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?
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Chain slips to lower gear when pedaling backwards

I have a hybrid 18 speed bicycle which is able to shift through all gears on both the front and rear sets of gears. When on the largest gear on the front set (by the pedals) the chain will try to ...
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I have a bike with a ratio of 3.11 to 1, how many links do i need in a chain? [duplicate]

I legit just broke my bike chain riding it. One of the links just snapped and i wanted to replace it with a brand new chain that will hold up better. How many links do i need in that new chain so that ...
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How to measure and cut chain

I am currently building a road bike. I measured the chain using the largest ring and largest cog method, I counted two extra links and cut the chain using a chain tool. Both ends of the chain now ...
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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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Why don't standard bike chains have inner/outer combo links so odd chain lengths are possible?

I noticed while at an amusement park that on the roller coaster, each link of the chain has what can be considered a combination inner and outer plate. The side plates are somewhat diagonal so they ...
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How do you count the number of links in a chain?

I thought this was a simple question but apparently there is some confusion - and it's good to have a basic question to refer people to. How many "links" are in these short bits of chain: Image A ...
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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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Rear Cassette worn + needs replacing - what other components to replace?

I have picked up a bike (Specialized Allez) recently that has a very worn cassette from not replacing the chain for an extended period of time. Therefore am looking to change it. I was wondering what ...
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Chain falls off all the time when I want to shift from small to big front ring

90% of the time when I shift from the small front ring to the big one the chain falls off to the pedal. Why is this happening? This is a dual click, SRAM Rival. Shifting on a back wheels perfect, no ...
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Chain vs chainless options

Could someone provide a comparison between having a bike with a chain, with a shaft drive and with a belt drive like the Gates Carbon Drive? It could be good to know who fares better in terms of low ...
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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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Chain comes off full suspension 20" folding bike during casual rides- not derailleur issue

I have just acquired a like-new (ridden 3 times) 20" folding generic full suspension bike- front fork enclosed springs and rear coil spring/piston with tension adjustments by locking plate screw on ...
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Please help me understand why the back wheel doesnt spin

My bike has some problems and I hope you guys can help me fix it. Some weeks ago, the lock of my bike got frozen (bc of -30 degrees), so I decided to pour some hot water to the lock to defrost it. I ...
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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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If I am using DRY lube, do I need to clean my chain between applications?

Do I need to clean the chain before reapplying dry lube if I am only using dry lube?
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Can Park Tool CG-2.2 kit work with the bike upside down?

I've recently acquired a new bicycle with coaster brake and internally geared hub. Naturally, I'd like the bike to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, the local weather seems to be stuck in ...
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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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New chain is pre-lubricated, should I clean it before use?

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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Reusing SRAM 10 Speed PowerLock?

According to: http://www.sram.com/sram/road/technologies/powerlock "SRAM chain engineers developed PowerLock as a tool free, sure and consistent way to connect our 10 speed chains. While PL does ...
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Do I need a new chain after 1300 miles (2100 km)?

I have a Boardman Airpro and probably need a new chain having done about 1,300 miles (2100 km) with it. The bike is used for leisure and commuting and therefore goes through all weathers. I also ...
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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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Chain lube that won't repaint my legs?

Because I have sometimes spent a lot of time digging around for bike parts and only discovering the existence of something awesome after many hours of browsing, I'm wondering whether there could exist ...
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What does “11-25” mean in the cassette description?

I need to replace the chain and cassette on my bike soon but I don't know what teeth to count. The Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 Speed Road Cassette - has 11 gears on the back so I know to go for the 11- ...
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Heavier Thicker Chains and Gears for Winter due to Salt?

I have two bikes: one having gear-things outside and one with inner-hub. The gear-outside-bike has suffered a lot due to the salt during this winter, the other hilariously looks like a new one. I ...
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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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Chain slipping off derailleur jockey

Last week, I had to abandon a training ride due to my chain slipping off my rear derailleur jockey wheel. This would only happen when shifting, and most often when either shifting chainrings or ...
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Changing the entire chain gear mechanism

I have a Lapierre shaper 100. I am looking to change my entire chain mechanism as some of these parts need to be changed. I have selected my components, and I am hoping you can tell me if these ...
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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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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 to mount SRAM snaplock?

I am trying to join PC-1 SRAM chain, it has such snaplock: And the problem is, the distance between holes is slightly less (IMHO) than distance between the pins. Every hole on its own fits any pin, ...
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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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Should you use GT85 on your chain?

I've been told by various sources that WD40 is bad for your chain so have avoided using it. I've seen people using GT85 on their chains but I'm not really sure how the two products differ. So my ...
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How can I clean sand off my bike chain?

Recently went for a ride in the forest, there were sections of sand and I can clearly see sand on my bike chain now. How can I clean this off effectively? There are chain cleaning "machines", but ...
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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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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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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 ...