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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Bicycle chain wear indicator

I have changed one chain already. This photo is the second chain. This is wear indicator. I’m using a 9 speed system and the chain don’t bite well with cassette sometimes when changing to large cog. ...
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New to Bikes: My chain fell off and I put it back on. How can I know if it's on the right cog?

I am new to bikes not ridden one since I was 11 I am now 63! I have a mountain bike and never used gears before they are mind boggling. I went out and rode it no problem but trying gear changes I don'...
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Changing chains

I have a 60 year old bike that is eight speed (2 chainrings, 4 cogs in the back). The smallest gear on freewheel is worn out, visibly hooked. I've found a replacement freewheel. I don't have ...
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Why does my chain make grinding noise and vibration when I put my bike on my Wahoo Kickr?

I ride a Cannondale Topstone outside during the warmer months and then on a Wahoo Kickr when it gets cold. When I put the bike on the trainer I get a grinding noise and vibration when in some gears. ...
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Can I reuse chain link pins after removing links from shortening chain

I am trying to make my current chain shorter, and I am wondering how I can do that. The chain is new and it is a shimano 11 speed, but I had already installed it with the quicklink (quick link is now ...
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Quick link means I can't get the exact chain length I need

RE:11 speed chain Hi, probably being silly here, but my new quick link chain has two more links than my original. I've removed one but for the quick link to work/fit I'll have to remove two more, so ...
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Will a 7-speed chain work on a 2x10 speed drivetrain?

Need a new chain for a bike I'm repairing, bike is a 2x10 speed road bike, and I have a spare KMC Z7 7-speed chain. According to KMC, Z7 size is 1/2" x 3/32" The old 10-speed chain is a KMC ...
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Is it possible to remove a front derailleur without removing my chain and without the use of heavy equipment?

So I recently bought a used bike from a person and I wanted to remove the front derailleur without taking off the chain, since I don't have a chain tool. I also do not have any equipment that could ...
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I am thinking about changing my drivetrain to a 1xN. Do I need a new chain?

I am think about changing to a 1xN drivetrain, and I was wondering if I needed to change the chain as well.
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How much to shorten chain when changing 36t to 28t chainring?

I have a bike with a 36t chain ring. I’m changing it to a 28t. That’s 8 teeth difference. The derailleur is a Deore M6000 GS. How much should I shorten the chain assuming the chain is currently the ...
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Gear slipping on Cannondale Habit

I have a Habit ebike with 1,700 kms on it. I was having slippage on gears and my bike dealer fitted a new chain and new cable but now it is worse. When looking at the derailleur in the 2nd gear from ...
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Rear derailleur body rubs against chain when in highest gear

I have a Vitus bicycle with a Claris groupset. When I put the bike in the highest gear, the chain starts to touch a part of rear derailleur. I am still understanding how to fix my bike on my own. So ...
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How to adjust chain tension on a rohloff hub with semi-horizontal dropouts

Not sure my question makes sense, I do not know how to call these dropouts. And I do not know much about Rohloff hubs and chain tension requirements. My problem : my chain is too loose and fall off ...
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What is the lowest total cost way to lubricate a chain? [closed]

I know there are numerous different ways of lubricating a chain. Some prefer to remove the factory grease from a chain and lubricate it with a different lubricant immediately, others use the factory ...
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Should Tiagra 4700 use a 10s or 11s chain?

Considering that Tiagra 4700, which is a 10 speed groupset that uses 11s spacing (just missing one gear), would I be correct in assuming that it uses an 11 speed chain? Just picked up a partial Tiagra ...
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I want to covert my bike from a 7 to 9 speed. I have a Shimano 600 derailleur. Will this work or what would you advise as affordable upgrade?

I want to covert my 7 speed to 9. Currently I have a Shimano 600 derailleur. What parts do I need to make this work?
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Rust on bike chain

I am having problems with rusting of my bike chain. After cleaning my chain, I use a Dry Lube PTFE spray. I looked at rust proof chains, but they are very expensive. Is there anything else I can do?
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New hub slipping when powering up?

I recently had my Giant Propel SLR serviced (including new chain, Cassette and a new Hub) as gears were beginning to slip. However after the service when I climb into top / hardest gear and put the ...
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What is the maximum cassette teeth for my mt210 3x9 crankset (44/32/22)

I'm currently assembling a bike. I bought a Shimano mt210 3x9 (44/32/22) crankset. I'm wondering what maximum teeth cassette should I buy that will be suitable and compatible with this crankset? Also ...
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Chain popped out of derailleur and wrapped around itself - how? why?

During my ride yesterday, I've hit a really weird mechanical and would love to understand. So here's the situation - I'm riding along, start on a hill, stand up and push some power, suddenly hear ...
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Do I have to change chain when swapping 11 speed casette to 9 speed?

I just got a wahoo kickr core and bought a 9 speed casette for it. Went for a ride on zwift and after a few gear changes, things started getting loud and ugly. Eventually, the chain slipped completely ...
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What are the long-term effect of riding with a chain that's too short?

I bought my bike late November 2017, and have been riding it with the same chain ever since. I've only done very light riding with the longest rides I've ever done amounting to 60km. Last week, I took ...
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Is the KMC X8 a better quality option for an 8 speeds chain?

I sell a lot of SRAM PC830 chains that I buy in bulk. The KMC X8 has, I think, nickel plated outer links. Other than that, it claims to have mushroomed rivets and the X-Bridge outer plate. Does that ...
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Can a counterfeit Shimano chain be used on an authentic Shimano drivetrain?

I accidentally purchased a fake CNHG901 HG-X11 Chain for my Shimano 2x11 M700 Groupset because my original chain already had 0.75 wear. I was naive and stupid to think that I'd actually get a ...
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Rear derailleur malfunctions

Around 1-2 weeks ago I sent my bicycle to my dealer because my cassette wasn't moving properly when I examined it by turning my bike upside down and my shifter shifted 2 times instead of 1 and ...
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Do you automatically have to replace your chainrings once your chain reaches 1 % chain wear?

My chain was badly worn. 1.0+ % wear. There is no visible shark toothing or extreme spacing on chainrings. Is there a chance I can get away with not replacing the chainrings, or does the amount of ...
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Do I need to replace my chain?

I bought a new cassette last week and they said that I also need to replace my chain. I only used that chain for 4 months and only rode my bike every sunday for 50 kilometers at max. Do I really need ...
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Difference Between SRAM SX eagle chain and SRAM NX eagle chain(12 speed)?

I have a Trek X-Caliber 8 with a SRAM SX Eagle 12 speed drive train, but I only have a SRAM NX Eagle chain. What is the exact difference between the two chains, and how can I modify my chain to make ...
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SRAM chain came with only half a powerlock

I just bought a new cassette and SRAM 9-speed PC 971 chain. On the outside of the package a power lock is pictured. However, inside the package only one half of the power lock was included. There must ...
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Where do you discard chain cleaning solvents/degreasers?

After reading comments that chain cleaning solvents could have substances of questionable health effects, and despite the benefits of bike chain-specific cleaning liquids, I'm doubling down on ...
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Switching from 118 link chain to 114 link chain - problematic or no big deal?

My (trekking) bike has 9 gears (9 sprocket wheels at the rear wheel / Shimano Acera). I just wanted to replace sprocket and chain. I correctly bought a 9-speed chain but the length is wrong. My old ...
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Chain keeps skipping - did I cut it too short?

My old chain was skipping a lot, so I replaced it with a new one. The new chain barely skips at all, except for in the highest gears/smallest three cogs on the back cassette. The skipping comes ...
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105 11-34T Cassette Compatibility

I purchased a Merida Speeder 400 a year back. This came with Shimano 50-34 teeth and Shimano CSR7000 11-32 teeth 11-speed cassette which I replaced with Shimano 105 R7000 11 Speed 11-34 Teeth Cassette....
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Chains for fixed gear bike noise problem

I mounted my fixed gear bike and I would like your opinion about the installation of my chain. The noise in the following video is made by my chain (and nothing else) and I am not reassured. I first ...
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Wipperman connex master link on a shimano chain?

Is it possible to use a wipperman connex master link on a shimano dura ace chain? I read a comment on a site elswhere that said this was possible, but is it safe? Or safe-ish?
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Can I reconnect a normal chain with a quick link

I have just mounted a chain, but I did it wrong and need to take it off. I have no more joining pins, but I have some spare quick links for this chain. Will they work even though the chain didn't come ...
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Fixed gear bike chain alignment

I have recently converted my old early 90s 18 speed Peugeot road bike to a fixed gear. The chain is clicking when pedalling and is out of line by about 10mm as you can see in the photo. The rear cog ...
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Ebike chain vs regular chain for up to 350w Mid Drive

What are the differences between an ebike chain and a regular bike chain, and would I see an advantage in using an ebike chain for a mid-drive motor 250w-350w? I'm considering the Bafang BBS01B. The ...
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Chain Compatibility

I am in need of a new chain, my cassette is a cs-4600 shimano and is 10 speed, will this chain I found work? https://www.sigmasports.com/item/Shimano/Tiagra-CN-4601-10-Speed-Chain/5JZZ The cassette is ...
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How to safely clean up spilled chain oil

Perhaps this is not bicycle specific since this could happen with any petroleum-based oil, but since the specific oil I spilled is chain oil I'm asking here. I have a plastic box that I keep all of my ...
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Chain keeps falling off chainring

I picked up an old Raleigh Sirocco from the 1980s ish and am attempting to convert it to single speed. I thought it was finished, but when taking it out for its first ride, the chain kept falling off ...
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Compatibility of Shimano Ultegra and Sora components

My road bike has an Ultegra groupset, but some parts need replacement (chainrings, chain, and cassette). The chain is worn out, the cassette is sliding with a new chain, and the chainset is also worn ...
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Slight crackling sensation apparently due to the chain sticking to the cassette teeth

I've just assembled my bike, so it has hardly been ridden (less than 200km) and all the components are new. Everything works perfectly, except an unpleasant very slight crackling sensation when I ...
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How strong is a chain link? How about half a chain link?

I had some intermittent clanking noise on yesterday's ride, thought the chain just needed cleaning and derailleur aligning. But got home to find that one side of one chain link had broken, so only the ...
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Chain seems to slip under pressure?

While I was riding I went to stand and it felt like the chain busted or came off! I jumped off and turned the pedals by hand and they turned fine but any pressure at all and it slips... any ideas ? I ...
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compatibility for a new cassette and chain

My cassette and chain have worn so I need replacements, My cassette is a 10 speed 12-30 and it says on it shimano hyperglide cs 4600 - I have struggled to find this and I don't think they make it any ...
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Visual chain identification

I have a second hand bike and the chain doesn't seem to work well with the 11 speed cassette fitted. It almost seems too wide to fit in the sprocket gap. Are there any visual signs on a shimano chain ...
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Chain "jumping" every few crank rotations

After a few pedal-strokes the rear derailleur completely gives out and the pedals drop to catch up. After much googling it says the most common thing is rear derailleur adjustment is needed, so I have ...
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Chainguard vs front mudguard to protect the chain from spray

My local bicycle mechanic advised me to get mudguards (such as the ones in Image 1) to extend the life of my drivetrain and protect it from spray in the winter. If I have £20 to spend on either a ...
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How does one wipe clean and oil the chain? (maintenance details)

This may sound like a dumb question -- I know how to oil a bike chain, but apparently not how to do it correctly. I have a relatively new gravel bike, a Giant Revolt, which I ride (on tarmac) about 25 ...

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