Questions tagged [chain]

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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Chain help 77 super le tour

I have a 77 super le tour that I’ve been fixing up, it’s pretty much done and rideable (rides like nothing I’ve ever been in btw) but now I want to put a new chain in it what kind and size do you ...
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How do I stop chain from moving and jamming up when I stop pedaling my multi-speed bike?

When coasting (not pedaling) on a multi-speed bike, the chain does not stop moving and starts piling up on itself between the pedals and rear gears. How do I fix this?
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Cross-chaining in terms of angles

I'm building a recumbent trike and have reason to have the rear cassette offset from the cranks. At the same time, the chain is very long, so the offset is compensated. It looks like the chain will ...
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Chain loses grip under load in higher gears

When pedalling in higher gears, the crank or cassette seem to completely lose grip for a second, then grip then lose it again. I could probably pedal all day in 1st and any front ring but when start ...
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Are all chainring compatible with all chain?

I want to change my drivetrain on my bike and i found everything except the chainring. So I was wondering if I could choose any chainring. Thank for yours response.
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Vintage bike, new chain

I've refurbished a vintage bike and I switched the old derailleur with a new medium cage tourney derailleur, the chain is also new and is 114 links long, which should be fine since me largest cog on ...
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Joining Shimano chain with pin - which link-type should “lead” (take the power)

I'm pro-actively replacing the chain on my son's bike (the first time I neglected this cost me dear for replacement of derallieur, cassette and cranks at the LBS) which is used daily for commute to ...
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Derailleur and back wheel alignment issues

I've got a very old used bike. It has a bunch of issues I'm trying to fix at once: the derailleur is not keeping the chain tight only in certain gears, the back wheel wobbles slightly and over time ...
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Bent chain segment during installation

I am new to bike maintenance. When I tried replacing my bike chain at home, the connection rivet was very tight and I wasn't able to loosen it without using a screw driver and force it between the two ...
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Measuring chain length on a 1x12

I'm installing a Shimano 1x12 setup and following the instructions. When measuring the chain it says to put the chain around the largest sprocket and largest chainring, measure to the zero point, and ...
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Fit a chainguard when there is a front derailleur [duplicate]

My bicycle has a front derailleur. It's a hybrid. I use it to commute and would like to fit a chainguard. Is there any chainguard that can be fitted when there is a front derailleur?
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The chains of my bike are clicking and the gear don't work anymore [closed]

I have had a bike a couple of years and I noticed that my gears broke pretty often. I bought a new one but now that one is breaking too. They are skipping and clicking and I have brought them to ...
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How to close a chain when the pin was broken [duplicate]

I was changing the chain on a bike with a Shimano gear shifter and when I was trying to push the pin in it broke off after only getting the front section in. How can I recover and attach the chain?
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Can a thicker chain cause it to slide/jump under pressure?

I recently changed my chain on my roadbike. It's a roadbike made to a single speed. Anyways, the new chain is a bit thicker than normal. I applied the same number of chain links to the new chain. ...
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10 speed chain on 11 speed cassette

Recently I installed an 11 speed cassette and shift levers on my road bike (105 R7000), but I kept the 10 speed chain that I have. It sort of works fine but on the third cog on the back the chain ...
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Gear 5 and 6 got slower in bike?

Yesterday I pedaled reverse (one circle) while getting on my bike, I heard a sound at the chains and after that the bike speed on my 5th and 6th gear got slower. Before I used to pedal less and the ...
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Lithium fat for bicycle chain?

In the local hardware store I found this ultra cheap lithium soap fat. Can I use this for lubrication of my bicycle chain?
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Adjusting chain length [duplicate]

I am upgrading a vintage 10speed, new chain was purchased. The new chain was a couple of links shorter than the original that I removed. I currently have the new chain connected with a piece of wire. ...
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For a 9 speed shimano chain, must I use a shimano 9 speed connecting pin?

Are connecting pins interchangeable irrespective of whether it's a 7,9,10, n speed bike? If it does matter, are they interchangeable in some cases? i.e. you could use a 7-speed connecting pin for a ...
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Ultrasonic cleaner power requirements, for cleaning chains before waxing

This question is a follow-up to Ultrasonic cleaner advice, for cleaning chains before waxing. I plan to lubricate my chains by immersion in molten paraffin wax. The advantages and disadvantages are ...
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Reinforced Shimano pin snapped before connecting chain - how to resolve?

My previous chain snapped weeks ago and only got a new one sorted. I've cut the chain to the right size, fed it through the derailleurs and onto the bike correctly. The last step was to use the ...
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How does paraffin chain wax perform in winter conditions (snow, road salt, -20° C)?

I’m interested I switching to paraffin chain wax or a wax product like Molten Speed Wax. But I’ve got concerns about how it might perform in winter where I live in Calgary, Alberta. It’s supposed to ...
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How do I find the master link on a Mongoose Intake dirt jump bike?

I want to switch cranks on my Mongoose Intake dirt jump bike but can't find the master link
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Upper pulley too close to chain [duplicate]

Today i put my bike on my tacx home trainer. I heard a lot of ticking on my chain, so after viewing my setup i recognized that my upper pulley is too close to my chain when it's on the smallest cog ...
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Different chain guide mounts… Why?

I think there's two types of chain guide mounts, one of them is screwing in screws and another one is using the bottom bracket to hold it in place. Why not just use one type of mount? Is there a ...
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Dish soap or WD-40?

I have been using dish soap to clean my chain from the start, since that's the only thing I can find I think suitable for cleaning oily stuff. I use two old tooth brush, grab a ziptie and tie it ...
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Chainring just don't know when to let go

My chain needed to be replaced for half a year ago and I've finally replaced it. But after replacing it, I've notice a lot of clicking noise from the chainring area. and when I go check it, I saw the ...
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What's the difference between Weldtite Dirtwash citrus de-greaser spray and the WD40 chain de-greaser?

I m planning buying a chain degreaser for my bike, I gone to two bike shops and they sell different brand of degreaser. First bike shop i went to is the shop where I got my ATX fromand He sells wd40 ...
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What is the difference between 1/2'' x 1/8'' and 1/8'' chain size for single speed?

I get the difference between 1/8'' and 3/32'', but does this 1/2'' really make a difference, or is it the same thing? I want to use the chain for track cycling.
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Chain cassette noise

Hello fellow cyclists, I just bought a new Home Trainer that has a Shimano 105 Cassette. My Bike has an Ultegra drivetrain with less than 600km (375mi). I have checked the wear of the chain which ...
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Ultrasonic cleaner advice, for cleaning chains before waxing

I'd like to avoid solvents, or use less solvents when I re-wax my chain. Are there any features I need to have in an ultrasonic cleaner? I've seen unheated 700mL cleaners for ~$30 USD and 2 to 3L ...
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Raleigh Motus Tour 2018 - Chain electric bike replacement

I have to replace the chain of my Raleigh Motus Tour 2018. Do anyone knows the specify chain I have to buy? Because it is a electric bike I am almost sure that I should buy the KMC "e9 EPT for e-...
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What is the difference between KMC 410Z vs 710 chain?

What is the difference between KMC 410Z VS KMC 710 chain? For use in single-speed or fixed gear bike.
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New bike chain for my mountain bike [duplicate]

I have a hardtail mountain bike and recently I broke the 4 year old chain that I had on it. I’m looking for a new one and I’m wondering how many links I need for a 3x9(27 speed) bike.
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Should I adjust rear derailleur as my chain seems too close to each other

I am learning to replace chain and freewheel (So far so good). After I put new freewheel and new chain on, the chain are too close to each other at the back now (as you can see in the photo). I think ...
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Bent a chain link back into alignment. Will it hold?

Yesterday, my chain dropped off the chainring and one of the links got bent sideways (didn't take a picture). This caused the chain to skip whenever this link would go over the casette. I used pliers ...
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Chain and derailleur question

I inherited a Motobecane Nomade with no derailleur. I am trying to replace the missing derailleur and chain. I was given a Shimano SIS Tourney rear derailleur long cage and front derailleur and ...
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Bicycle pedaling resistance on single speed e-bike

Recently, I've bought an ebike that is about 2 months old now, I've maybe gotten 100-150 miles off of it as a daily commuter. When I pedal, it would have a lot of opposing force or friction, and ...
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Rule of thumb: how far before changing my chain to prevent cassette wear

On my old commuting bike every 12 to 18 months I would have my chain replaced (I cycle about 100 km per week). As the chain wear would also wear the cassette I would have that changed at the same time....
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9 speed chain doesn't fit 9 speed cassette

In all my years of working on bikes, this is a first. Bought a new 9 speed KMC chain and 9 speed cassette to replace a worn 9 speed drivetrain recently (single chain ring). Went to put everything on ...
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Type and strength of a typical chain

I'm crafting a small 3 speed "gearbox" for a project of mine and I'm aiming for simplicity in the first place since I'll have to create it myself and I'm not particularly gifted when it comes to using ...
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Chain comes off under high load

When I ride up a particularly steep hill my chain nearly always comes off. It didn't used to do this but now happens practically every time. I presume something has either worn or come out of ...
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Chain on singlespeed tight, pedals won't turn backwards very freely - is this an issue?

A well-known and well regarded shop fixed something on my converted single-speed bicycle. On the ride back from the shop, the pedaling felt "different", and I noticed that the pedals will stop after ...
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Mixing SRAM AXS and Eagle cassette

I know it's possible to put an Eagle 10-50 cassette on a road bike with a Sram Force AXS 1x groupset, as I rode a Santa Cruz Stigmata with this exact spec. My question is about running the Force 2x ...
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Can a broken/split chain be reassembled?

I am considering getting a new front derailleur. Since the derailleur is riveted together so far as I can tell, it looks I will need to break the chain. The chain doesn't have a master link, so I'll ...
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Cannondale Synapse 105 chain dropping on the last gear

I just bought a new Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc SE 105 and I am having trouble with the chain dropping on gear 50-11. If I shift on the front chain ring to the biggest ring (50t) and in the rear ...
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Clicking sound coming from rear

In the middle of one ride my bike started making clicking sound from the rear. And I can't find the source since that. Here is a video of it: https://photos.app.goo.gl/RZKb7C3L76TbnMVF7 As many ...
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Got a new cassette and chain, freewheel not working correctly

I bought a new chain and cassette for my road bike. The bike is about 10 years old from estimation (9 speed shimano). I assumed I replaced all the parts correctly, but now whenever I stop pedaling, I ...
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Can a new chain significantly improve the riding experience? If yes - what else can?

I am a casual commuter (in average 2 days per week, 30 km per day), on a generic bike which I bought a few years ago. Yesterday I took the opportunity of having the bike reviewed and the chain and ...
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If I change my cassette, should I also change the chain?

If I change my cassette to a new one, should I also change the chain? I measured the chain with a wear gauge and it's ok. Just to emphasize the obvious: I'm changing the cassette to one of exactly ...

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