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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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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How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?

I commute on a fixie. I'm using KMC Z410 chains. Every evening if it's wet I wipe and re-lube my chain, using ProLink lube. Every weekend I remove the chain, soak it in kero, brush it with a citrus ...
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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 do I re-insert a chain pin that has been pushed completely out?

While breaking the chain, I pushed the pin too far and pushed it out completely. Now the chain is too short. How do I re-insert this pin, or should I look for other options.
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Chain falls to the outside of the chainring, but I can't reproduce the problem

I have a Dahon Speed P8 that I use for touring Japan, which has about 3000km on it. The bicycle has 8 gears on the back, and 1 gear on the front. Note: I love riding my bike, but honestly (and ...
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new chain skipping

I put a new chain on the older bike, measured it up with the old chain, but did not change the cassette. Unfortunately I am able to crank the pedals with the bike standing still on the ground with ...
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What to do about a stuck chain link on 10 speed chain

I put a new chain on my bike and after 3 rides or so, I developed a stiff link. I'm not sure what caused the issue, but now it barely bends at the pin at all, unless forced. It causes skipping ...
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How to align a chain on a single speed

My bicycle currently has poor chainring/rear sprocket alignment (as in the chain at the front is more than a chain's width from the chain at the rear). I'm wondering what the procedure is to correct ...
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Fixie chain stuck between cog and hub

I had my chain jump off on my fixed gear when I hit a pothole, and it's gotten completely wedged between the cog and the flange of the hub. I've removed the lockring but can't get a chain whip around ...
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Rear derailleur mess up PLEASE HELP. Im helping a 64 year old cancer patient. Very important

The old man next door painted his bike today. He took the deraileur off the bike to do so but did not remove his chain. The chain does not have a master link and neither one of us can financially ...
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Chain length and cassette tooth count relationship

A little context first: I'm going to be riding in the French Alps and plan to tackle some of the classic climbs (Alpe D'Huez, Galibier, etc) next month - I currently have a Campagnolo Athena 50/34 ...
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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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Time to replace chainring?

I ran a squeaky chain for a while on my bike and subsequently destroyed the chain and the cassette. Both were swapped out at the exact same time for a new chain and cassette. Now I am afraid that ...
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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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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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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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Chain keeps slipping

I was pedaling my bike, the bike has never been used and sat in the garage through winter. While I was pedaling I switched gears and adjusted the pressure I needed to pedal (don't know what this is ...
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Need help picking the right rear derailleur and chain for Giant Escape 2

Product page for the bike i have: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/escape.2/14810/75679/#specifications I'm not able to make sense of the variations of shimano altus derailleurs, ...
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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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Campagnolo Record C9 / Shimano CS-HG200-9 incompatibility

I drive cheap Shimano cassettes together with Campagnolo Record C9 chains. Yesterday I installed a new C9 and a CS-HG200-9. But the chain sort of slips over the sprockets, not unlike really worn ...
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Easiest way to remove a chain master link / masterlink

When I'm breaking a chain with a master link (to remove the chain from the bike), usually I can do it with my hands by pushing the links together until the master link comes apart. But sometimes it's ...
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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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Chain slipping off derailleur jockey (need suggestions ASAP)

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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Chain Replacement

I'm having a hard time finding an appropriate replacement chain for my bike. Its a 21 speed, Wal-mart brand mountain bike. My local bike store has chains that were up to a 10 speed. I know I need a ...
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Bent front-derailleur

I biked to school today with my bike in perfect condition. Locked it up and went to class. When I went to my bike a couple hours later, the derailleur was bent out of position. My bike's front gear ...
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Why is my big chainring is so scratched form the inside?

I have noticed a lot of scraping on the inside of my Trushift 44T plate. Is it just a function of distance, time and color or is it a clue that something is not working properly? The bike was bought ...
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What to use to clean your chain (and cogs)?

I've just tried cleaning my chain and cogs with some really hot water and washing-up liquid. I also used a toothbrush, j-cloth and a non-scratch scourer. After over an hour of some serious elbow ...
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Unable to pedal when in high gears

I'm a complete novice with bicycle maintenance and have a slight problem. I just picked up a 2nd hand bike as taking part in a charity event this weekend and an unfortunate accident meant my mine was ...
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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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Are there any disadvantages to running a stainless steel bike chain?

We are currently using KMC Z51RB rust resistant chains on our bikes, a competitor has started to use stainless steel chains. Does anyone know the advantages and disadvantages of using stainless steel ...
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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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Rear derailleur hitting chainstay (video in the post)

I filmed a little video of the process: https://youtu.be/ejJsIWrrFTU Does anyone know how to solve the problem? Apart from attaching piece of rubber to the chainstay? It is really annoying, because ...
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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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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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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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What other parts might need replacing if I replace an old freewheel gear set for a modern freehub cassette?

I currently have a pre 1970s 10 speed Claud Butler. Perhaps back then men were real men but there is no climbing gear. Since I mostly do touring this is a bit of a problem. Finding a new freewheel ...
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Do I need to replace 10 speed chain if using a bigger cluster, also 10 speed?

Most similar questions are asking about using the same chain with a bigger cluster with more gears (10 speed chain vs 11 speed cluster). My concern is being able to simply buy a higher gear ratio ...
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Rear cassette 'ticking' forward, making chain catch, what is the problem and how do I solve it?

I have a Giant Rapid 4, bought in 2009. When freewheeling (i.e. rolling forward but not pedalling) on my bicycle, the chain catches. I had a look and I think this is because the rear cassette ...
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Bike chain worn to 1% according to indicator tool

My bike chain is worn to the 1% gauge on my indicator but only on certain links. I could check a different link and it won't fit at all. However it would drop right through on certain links. Should ...
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How do I know I should replace the chain? [duplicate]

I have been riding a folding bike in the past. I have never replaced its chain. Recently, I have bought a second handed road bike for $500. I am afraid of the chain breaking suddenly. How do I know ...
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While pedaling standing up, bike crank gives in as if shifting, what is causing this?

While standing up and pedaling, the cranks give in as if shifting. It seams like I am shifting down, but my hands are off the shifter, almost like the chain is skipping a link. I took it to a bike ...
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Mysterious case: chain falling off large chainring, how to fix?

On my commuter bike I decided to rid myself of the small inner chain ring (which is almost never used) and front dérailleur (now redundant). However, I have come across an unusual problem. Whilst ...
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Does my fixie need a chain tensioner

I'm building my own fixie (almost a cliche, sorry) and I debating whether or not to buy chain tensioners. I will be riding my bike with a fixed gear most of the time. One of the reasons I ask is ...
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Chain with master link / quick connect link doesn't clear rear derailleur

Bought a chain with a master link (packaging said quick connect link), it looks just like this: This bit however won't fit cleanly through my derailleur, it snags on the wall right as it goes onto ...
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How to prevent my chain from breaking?

After my chain has broken what should I know about buying and maintaining a new chain (apart from lubing it and replacing when it 'stretches')? Do you keep a spare chain, or a spare link? I have a ...
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New Chain causing skipping on cassette - will this work itself out or is it unsafe?

I just installed a new chain on my 2002 Trek 2200 Road Bike. The old chain was a Shimano 9 speed that I installed 18 months and about 5000 miles ago. It had stretched modestly and was full of winter ...
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Can I use a SRAM Powerlink on a Shimano chain [duplicate]

Have 9 speed Shimano chain that I need to shorten. I don't have the Shimano pin so I need to go buy one. Could just reuse the regular pin but I already broke one chain tool trying that. I think ...
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Replace chain at 0.5% wear, or 0.75% wear?

Why do chain wear indicators have an indication for 0.5% wear and one for 0.75% wear? Are both measurements included because there is some personal preference from mechanic to mechanic, or rather are ...
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Chain slipping on middle chainring

I have recently replaced the chain and the cassette. Previous chain never slipped. I never had any problems with it at all. But I have made about 10 000 km on it and the wear was beyound any limits, ...
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New to bicycles; Bad setup, bad bike, or too heavy?

I purchased a Schwinn Meridian adult tricycle hoping to have a flexible means of exercise. After giving it a close look, I tried it with disappointing results. When pedaling from a stop, the chain ...