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?

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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What cleaner and oil should I use on my bike chain

Hope everyone is well. I need to clean and oil my chain as its getting a little clunky when I’m changing gears. I have no idea what I should be cleaning it with and then what I should oil with. Any ...
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Is a self cleaning lube enough for chain maintenance?

I've been trying to figure out what I should use when cleaning my bicycle chain. When I first purchased my bike, I knew I needed to lube my chain when i did regular maintenance. I purchased some ...
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What changes have been made to the bicycle over the years?

I have researched so much, but I could never find an actual or straightforward answer... Q. What changes have been made to the bicycle in the last 10 years to improve its technology?
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How to achieve an always clean chain

My chain and cogs always look very dirty as the oil attracts dirt. It is a constant problem as you can't fully avoid stains on your trousers and hands. Also, that looks ugly and I believe it wears the ...
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new 9-speed chain fails after 4 weeks and ~240 miles

About 4 weeks ago I installed a new SRAM PC-971 chain on my Surly LHT. This morning I've noticed that one of the outer chain link plates started to pull away (to spread in a way that the pin is not ...
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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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Modded folding bike and strange chain skipping on most gears

I've a folding Tern Link D8 that I've started customize by replacing some parts...what is driving me nuts is a strange chain skipping that happens on some gears and only when I apply some force (...
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Moving tfrom Shimano 9- to Shimano 10- speed

I'm thinking of changing the 9-speed Tiagra rear mech on one of my (road) bikes to something, still Shimano, but 10-speed. The obvious replacements I'll need are cassette, right-shifter and chain. ...
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Cannot get chain link out

My chain broke so I decided I'd fix it. Don't have a tool to take apart the chain so I tried hammer and a nail over a wrench to no avail. Messed up the chain pretty bad too. Is there such a chain ...
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Part of chain link broken

I just got this bike from a neighbor and I saw that one of the chain links is broken on one side but not the other. What's the cheapest way to fix this situation? The bike is a Next Xelite that I'm ...
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Problem with chain skipping when pedaling hard

If I pedal hard, i.e. while standing/taking off/going uphill, the chain skips over the cogs making a load screeching noise and my foot just sinks to the bottom position. I attempted to fix this ...
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ideal chain replacement for Redline monocog 29er

I have a Redline Monocog 29er and I'm replacing the drive train. The bike's purpose is to be abused off-road. For the new chain, I'm debating between the SRAM PC-1 Single-Speed Chain ($6.39) and ...
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isn't a fixie without a full chain guard a safety hazard?

Yes, I know it would totally ruin the clean lines and the uncluttered, (well maybe just a discreet front brake), looks, but I've never seen this question asked, much less answered. A chain guard ...
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Mechanism behind chain wear phases

Methods As an experiment I started taking regular chain stretch measurements, from when I first put on a chain until it is worn out. A Park CC-2 was used and each measurement was done in triplicate, ...
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Schwinn Meridian not pedaling

I'm the third owner of this trike and I ride it EVERY day.I noticed a few days ago that I had no resistance when pedaling and then this morning it stopped altogether, I hopped off and checked it. The ...
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What does “HX” mean on a KMC chain?

I'm looking at buying a new single-speed chain and have pretty much settled on getting one of these two: KMC Z510 or KMC Z510 HX but can't figure out what the HX actually means. The HX costs 37% more ...
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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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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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Does the chain direction make a difference?

Recently, I helped a friend install a new chain on her road bike, and for the first time read the instructions for installing one. It seems to claim that there's a forward direction, and that it ...
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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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Do all 10-speed chains fit 3x10?

I'm wondering if all 10-speed chains fit to 3x10. A lot of webshops say that the chain is "for road bikes 2x10" or something like that. Or nothing at all. The chain I have right now (Shinano CN HG-54) ...
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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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Why does my rear cassette feel like it's jumping when I put pressure on small cog?

I just gave my bike a going over with new bearing cages in the BB and a new chain. After putting everything back on I indexed the gears - finally getting the hang of the front but first time indexing ...
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Conversion 9 spd to 10 spd [duplicate]

I'm thinking of upgrading from a 9 speed (11-34T cassette) to 10 speed. Scoped out a few components and 1) Shimano Deore XT CS-M771 10-Speed Cassette 11-36T 10-speed HG cassette 2) Shimano Dyna-Sys, ...
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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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Bike chain slips off sprocket as I pedal during repairs. Any idea why?

I am having an issue with a 26 inch Beach Cruiser. Everything was put together by a bike shop however one of the chains slipped off the sprocket during transport home. When I went to put it back on, ...
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timing chain keeps dropping/derailing only with partner

For a volunteer project biking with blind riders (NiewidomiNatandemach.pl), we've been partnered up and provided a tandem bike, that seems new enough and in good condition. Unlike the guy behind me--...
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Chain replacement - how many links 114/116?

I'm replacing an (exact same) Shimano 11 speed chain, the cassette is Shimano Ultegra 11-25T . There are 54 links that look like ()(). What size of chain should I order : 114 or 116 ? I'm going to ...
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Is there a difference between the durability of the chains with 1/8 and 3/32 inch?

I mean, I have a single-speed bike and have chains width 1/8 inch. The other standard I could use on my bike is 3/32 inch wide. Is there a difference in durability?
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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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How should the chain be routed on this deraillier?

I feel dumb asking this, but how should the chain be routed around the cogs on this deraillier? I had to split the chain and then put it back on. I didn't pay attention to how it went round. This is ...
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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 skipping mid cassette after a clean

I have cleaned my chain and gears with rubbing alcohol and towels. Afterwards, I applied some chain lube on the chain. Now, when under a lot of torque, the chain skips and slips mid-cassette. Low ...
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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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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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How to change front gearing

So I have a bicycle that has a single front gear, but many back gears with a derailleur. I am wondering if I change the size of the front gear (like significantly), meaning if I get a bigger front ...
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What's the most useful style of chain gauge?

I see that there are three kinds of chain wear gauge: The basic kind. I'm used to using this kind: The hook style. Supposedly provides an indication of how worn the chain is. I've used these and ...
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I cleaned my cassette and changed my chain, now my freehub is slipping. What are the possible causes? [duplicate]

I removed my cassette, cleaned it and put a new chain on my mountain bike. All seemed to go well and went back together nicely. However when I took it out for a ride the free hub seems to be slipping ...
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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 ...