The cogs (gears) at the front of your drive chain, connected to the cranks.

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Can I replace chainrings without replacing the rest of the drive train?

I now ride a 60cm SurlyLHT with chain rings at 26/36/48t. Can I replace with a smaller set at 22/32/46t (or similar combination) without having to replace the entire drive train - cassette, rear ...
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Does new chainring require change of other parts?

I'm thinking about changing my 2nd chanring to a smaller one (2 chanring setup). I hear most people recommend to change the chain when changing the cassette. Hence my question: should I expect to ...
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Are aluminum or steel chainrings more resistant to bending?

I mash a lot and wind up killing chainrings. I later find that my chainring warps at the midpoint between two chainring bolts. Usually my first sign that something is wrong is my chain pops off or ...
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Thinking of getting a new chainset

I've decided to get a new chainset as my current 38T Nexus is giving low speeds with my Alfine 8 speed hub. I have my eye on the 45T Shimano Alfine chainset. Currently I have a square taper bottom ...
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How do I tell if my cog needs replacing?

Two answers to this question gather that after 14335 km (8907 mi) of cycling with a single chain, the cog is at risk of being damaged. I haven't noticed anything unusual apart from the chain being ...
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Help me to attach inner ring

I have cranks with 4 holes for outer and middle rings attachment. There are no holed for inner ring attachment. On my other bikes crankset middlering has 8 holes 4 for cranks and 4 for inner ring. I ...
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Steel chainrings for 3x9 speed setups

I have Shimano M542 with 3 chainrings (44-32-22) for 9 speed chain. Is it possible to fit it with chainrings made of steel for better durability? I do not mind extra weight. The dimensions are 110 ...
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Shimano Chainring Set

I have a Shimano Altus 8-speed on my hybrid/commuter bike. I have to put in a new cassette and a new chain as well and looking at the teeth of the largest chainring cog in the front, it looks like the ...
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What is causing noise/vibration high power input on right hand (drive side) crank?

I am getting a repetitive grinding sound/slight vibration while fully mashing on my Kona-humu single speed. Description of Problem This grinding is more similar to what you would hear from an ...
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Do I need to get a replacement bike for this broken chainring?

I wanted a cheap commuter bike, and just received this bike from Amazon. I have little knowledge about bikes, but looks like the middle chain-ring is broken to me. Is this indeed broken, or is it ...
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Changing from a triple ring Shimano Sora chainset to a double ring chainset

I've got a Scott S40 Speedster and I'm considering changing to a double chainset from the triple I have at present, also going from a 9 speed cassette to a 10. Not sure whats involved, do I need new ...
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Why are there almost no bikes with a single chainring?

Bikes with two or three chainrings are the norm, and then there are singlespeeds, but except for kids' bikes, you see almost no stock bikes with a single chainring in front but a cassette and ...
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When Installing chainrings which are pinned, how should I orient the chain drop prevention pin?

I'm setting up a double crankset with a new front chainring which is ramped and pinned. How should I orient the outer front chainring with respect to the chain drop prevention pin? Should this line ...
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Is it safe to ride with one missing chainring bolt?

I have a double chainring on my road bike but one of my chainring bolts has broken so I'm left with only 4 out of the 5 I'm supposed to have. Is it safe to ride? (just until replacements arrive)
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Why does my chain keep jumping off the front chainring on my 1x9?

My chain has a tendency to frequently jump off the front chainring. I have a 1x9 so it's not a front derailleur issue. It generally happens when I hit something like the lip of a driveway or sidewalk ...
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Lowering the gearing on a Shimano biopace double

My bike has a 52/38 Biopace pair on a 5 bolt 130 crank (Shimano 105). I want to reduce the pedal load because I'm getting older and live in hilly Wales, UK. I have bought a 42/28 Biopace pair. ...
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Need help choosing compatible rear derailleur, cassette & chain

I just "inherited" a bike that has no rear derailleur or chain. It also looks like the cassette is pretty worn, so I'm thinking about replacing that too. I've looked around on the forum and I think ...
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Are eliptical chainrings effective? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the deal with oval chainrings? I know that eliptical chainrings have been around for a long time and their use seems to have peaked back in the 70's & 80's. ...
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Is a 7 speed chainring compatible with an 8, 9 or 10 speed cassette and chain?

Currently I have a 7 speed cassette (13-23) running with a spacer on a new Tiagra hub. After I changed my chain, the wear has made two of the gears unusable. I am considering changing the cassette to ...
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What are common causes of premature chainring wear?

My bike mechanic told me today that my front chainrings are starting to wear out and I should consider replacing it soon (with my next chain replacement). The cassette is still in good condition and ...
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Problems with gears after re-attaching front chainring

I had to remove the pedal crank arm together with the front chain set when fixing a bottom bracket problem, but now that I've re-attached it, gear changes in my front derailleur are completely off. ...
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How to replace broken chainring that is missing a tooth

I was going to ask if I need to replace it but I'm certain the responsible answer is yes (comments welcome). How do I find and replace the outer chainring? Specifically find the right model or ...
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Replacing a Force Chainring with a Red

Is it possible to replace a compact 50T chainring from my Sram Force set-up with a 50T Red chainring, they both have the same 110 PCD so I don't see a problem, does anyone know if I'm wrong? Thanks
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What physically makes chainrings have a specific speed compatibility?

Chainrings are sold as having a specific compatibility for only certain speed setups, some overlapping across many. What physically makes this the case? From what I understand, 5/6/7/8/9 speed chains ...
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Biopace chain rings and front deraileur rub

Turns out my front chain rings are biopace, after I thought they had disappeared! I've got a problem with the chain rubbing the front deraileur at a certain point every rotation. I only get this in ...
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Do cassettes and chains need to be replaced at the same time?

Someone recently told me that if I replace my cassette I need to replace my chain (and vice versa) so that they wear evenly. Is this true? And, can anyone elaborate on the reasoning for this a bit ...
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Bottom bracket with built-in internal hub - does this exist?

I've heard that one can install a bottom bracket that has what is essentially a built-in internal hub, giving one the ability to add a virtual double chainring where there's only one. This would be ...
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Are chainring bolts interchangeable?

I have an 11 speed Athena chainset, and I've stripped one of the chainring bolts. It's £40 for a replacement Campag set! Can I just buy Race Face at £4.70 and expect them to fit?
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Changing from Shimano Road Double Chainset to Triple Chainset?

Road bike setup at the moment is: Shimano Tiagra (9 Speed) Shifters / Front Derailleur / 52-39T Chainset / Short Cage Rear Derailleur / Casette 27-11T. Will I be able to do a straight swap and ...
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Is there a way to know what size of smallest chainring will be compatible with a given frame?

I've been slowly changing a Devinci Milano I bought to be more like a touring bike than a hybrid. I've installed drop bars and sti shifters. Everything is working pretty well, except that I'd like to ...
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Where can I find a 130 bcd single speed chainring with 58 or 60 teeth?

Where can I find a 130 bcd single speed chainring with 58 or 60 teeth? I am attempting to setup a goldsprints setup using a very large front ring and a small rear freewheel.
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Can I run a dual crankset with a chain guide tensioner?

We recently got a new mountain bike for my son via craigslist, it is a couple year old Transition Bottle Rocket and came with a E-Thirteen SS+ chain guide/tensioner. He would like a lower gear for ...
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What causes chain suck?

Specifically when changing gears from middle chain ring to smallest, the chain will sometimes get 'sucked' up between the inner chainring and chain stay. It seems to happen more often in muddy ...
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Triple vs Double chainring?

I'm bike shopping for my first road bike, and I've asked for a lot of advice from my father who was a serious cyclist once upon a time. After showing him one prospective bike, he dismissed it with a ...
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BBB chainring will not fit

As a follow up from my previous question I decided to change my Campag Veloce 53T chainring. I bought a BBB 50T chainring. I tried to fit it over the weekend but it wouldn't fit. I think the problem ...
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Chainring: cheap vs expensive

What am I getting out of a $55 chainring vs a $25 one? Are more-expensive ones longer-lasting, or more lightweight, ...? This is for a $700 single-speed, to give you an idea of quality of bike I'm ...
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Cruiser bottom bracket is clicking and grinding

My Trek Pure Deluxe 3-speed cruiser has been making a clicking noise when riding for some time. The problem is faint, and is more felt than heard. However, it's been getting worse; it now makes a ...
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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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Removing SRAM Red Chainrings

This is almost certainly very simply, but how do you undo the chainring bolts on the SRAM red chainset? I can fit a 5mm (or 8mm can't recall now) hex head into the black screws, but they just spin on ...
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Shimano Chainring Compatability

In my previous question we determined that I probably need new chainrings. I was/am planning on replacing the chainrings, and leaving the original crank. Now this bike is running Shimano 105 FC-5600 ...
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How do I calculate the diameter of a chainring from the number of teeth?

Simply knowing the number of teeth on a chainring can we determine an accurate diameter?
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if I replace chainset and chain should I replace back cassette as well?

I am replacing my chainset and chain, as its totaly worn and causing the chain to jump off when I pedal. The cassette is fairly worn too, but is not causing any problems. If I buy a new chain and ...
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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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What is the impact of changing to a smaller chainring?

My road bike has a Campagnolo Veloce gearset. It's running 53 and 39 tooth chainrings. I have a 13-25 10sp cassette. I find that a lot of the time when I'm cruising, I'm on the big chainring and in ...
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upgrading gears to Shimano XT

My bike is a ClaudeButler CapeWrath D24, with Shamino Alivio gears front and back. I was thinking it would be good to upgrade these to something like Shamino XT, at least on the front to start with. ...
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mountain bike chainsuck, replacing parts while thinking of future upgrades

I have been having what I believe is called chainsuck for a while now. Chain will get stuck between first and second ring and have to stop and pull like "%&$* to get it out. It is always the ...
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How can you tell how far apart your chainrings are?

I just replaced my cassette and my crank with one from the LBS that the guy said would work. I've had no problems with the cassette, but the crank is too wide so that my front derailleur does not ...
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Bent Chainring causing chain to attempt changing gears

I was riding my road bike last night when something strange happened. I stopped at a stop sign. (I didn't have time to slow down so I was in my highest (fastest) gear. When I started I had to press ...
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Truvativ Firex chainset replacement middle 32 tooth chainring & bolts

I have a Truvativ FireX chainset from 2008ish, I'm looking for a replacement middle chainring however, no shops seem to stock replacements for Truvativ chainsets. Just wondering if anyone has any ...
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Chainring and cassette compatible?

I've got a 20 year old Cannondale mountainbike (model # scratched off long ago). It's been used as a daily commuter for a few years and for a couple long trips. I've been told that the original ...