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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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How to connect quick link for 6/7/8 gears Shimano chain?

I recently ordered a new chain and I am having trouble connecting the quick link, which I also ordered (first time doing it). It seems the pin of the quick link won't stick out far enough to be able ...
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Chain lubes: Spray vs. Quick Applicators

Is a spray faster and easier to use than a felt roller (generic Lubri-disc) or a pad type applicator (No-Drip from Finish Line or No-Mess from White Lightning)? Refillable multipurpose aerosol can ...
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I took my back wheel off and chain will NOT go back on

I took my back wheel off of my back to change the tube, when I put it back on i realized the chain wasn’t going back on the pedal, it’s very hard to explain it but it looks like a part of the chain is ...
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Is there any reason why my 21-speed bike has 118 chain links?

I got a second-hand bike some time ago. It's a Zündapp Silver 2.0 with a 7-gear freewheel (Shimano MF-TZ21). Recently, the chain (probably KMC 1/2 x 3/32) has worn down enough to warrant changing. So ...
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Chain / Chain wheel: D type vs sealed type

I have spent a good 30 minutes on this site but couldn't find anything pointing a clear idea. I bought a 26 inch, Dual suspension bike. It has a chainwheel of "sealed type." I asked the ...
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Will a Shimano Deore 11 speed chain work on a SRAM NX 11 speed drivetrain?

I went to a bike shop today and got a complete service and new chain. When I looked at the tax invoice, it said it was a Shimano Deore 11 speed chain, however I have SRAM NX 11 speed drive train. I ...
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Chain type and chain alignment for a fixie single speed

I've got a 10-year old bike I'm trying to revive. It was a single speed that I converted to a fixie. I'm anticipating just casual riding on flat ground. It has an old-school looking Shimano SGX 46t ...
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Chain drops when shifting up a gear at the front?

I've just gotten a new bike and run into a problem. When shifting from a smaller cog to a bigger one in the front gears, the chain consistently drops. The problem happens regardless of whether I'm on ...
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Does a magic link or Powerlink require removal a regular chain link first?

Pulled a Shimano Ultegra chain off my bike for cleaning and noticed the mechanic had installed it with a pin and not a magic link. Because I have a magic link handy (and, if I'm honest, because I ...
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I put my bike on the bus and now the chain can't stay on

I've never had an issue with my chain falling off until today. I put my bike in the bike holder in front of the drivers window. Perhaps something got knocked or moved? I could have a dirty cassette or ...
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SRAM quick link reuse

Sram says that their quick links should only be used once. I've installed new chains, had to shorten them and have broken the link more than once doing so. I've also continued to reuse them when ...
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Chain rubs on a bigger cog on the cassette. Wrong spacing?

my kids mtb on the smallest cassette cog the chain rubs on the next bigger cog creating a harshness while using this smallest cog. I was looking at it and the spacing between the two smallest gears ...
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My Shimano EZ fire plus on the right side isn't shifting below 3 and the left one wont shift above 3

The shifters have been doing this since I got the bike a while ago, but the chain is also starting to fall of the gears when I'm riding it. I don't know how to fix this so can anyone help me?
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Can I use a chain gobbler on my kettwiesel trike to accommodate shorter and taller Riders as I move the boom in and out?

My kettwiesel 2006 trike is set up from the factory to use a shorter chain or a longer chain depending upon the riders height and is shipped that way from the factory. An option from the factory is a ...
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New chain -no grinding , new cassette and chain -grinding

I've got a second hand bike. Doubt it ever had a chain replaced. Before I replaced the chain, it had an awful grinding sound. On replacement the machine worked perfectly and smoothly. (It's a Shimano ...
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Assembling cut off brand new chain links into one single chain

Would it be possible and viable to store the cut off links in every chain replacement and eventually link those together with a bunch of quick links to form a new chain?
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GRX 2x11 - what causes the chain to bounce significantly when shifting the cassette into a higher gear (smaller sprocket)?

I recently set up a new gravel bike with all new components, including a 2x11 GRX DI2 drivetrain. 31/48 and 11-36t. It has ridden under 600 miles and only seen rain once. It is accident free and has ...
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Chain repeatedly slips on rear cogs to next higher gear...and sometimes back and forth. What to adjust?

EDIT: Just to be clear, everything has worked fine with the bike and the Kickr up until a few weeks ago (that is, for about six months the combo has worked fine). So something's gone a bit out of ...
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Gun bluing chains

Is it possible to hot blue chains for rust protection? I surmise there would be parts of a bike chain that are made using hardened steel (e.g. rollers and pins). Would this process affect their temper?...
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New chain coming off under torque

I replaced the chain recently - the new chain unships violently when I apply a moderate amount of torque, such as when setting off standing. As in, it comes off the big ring to the outside (i.e. away ...
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Is it safe to use two masterlinks?

I have miscalculated the chain length and removed two necessary links on my chain. I have a spare masterlink. Would it be safe to use two masterlinks on a chain or do you recommend to re-attach the ...
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Is my chain length correct?

I replaced my old chain with new one. Online chain calculators recommendation is 106 links. Currently the chain has 108 links. Do you think I should remove two more links? I'm not totally sure that I'...
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Does this chain seem short? Does this photo indicate any obvious drivetrain issues?

Addition. Yes this is the large-large chainring. The shifting is rather poor but I have not tuned high, low and B, tension etc. Thank you I recently moved to a larger chainring. The shifting seems ...
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Can't switch to biggest sprocket after the upgrade

I have upgraded some components of my old MTB's drivetrain as it had a Deore crankset and Alivio rear derailleur but 7 speed cassette, shifters and chain for a long long time. Now they are all 9 speed ...
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Chain Length 11-34 cassette

I am looking to replace my 11-30 Shimano 8000 to 11-34 hg800 cassette. My current chain is 108 links with my 11-30 and works fine. Would this be long enough for the 11-34 cassette without changing the ...
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Chain Links remain raised (i.e. sticky link)

I was trying to adjust my rear derailleur but I heard a noise. I found that when the chain went through the pulleys one link of the chain stayed up and made a noise. How do I fix this?
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Chain rub on chainstay when in smallest front crank and highest gear

I've just bought my son a 2nd hand Orbea MX 27 (thought it was an MX40 but the groupset is consistent with the tech specs of the 2020 27). It was hardly used so doesn't appear to be age / mileage ...
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Which chain replacement to use for Cube Aim Race?

Bike is "Cube Aim Race", 29 inch wheels. My chain is so dirty and got rusty, I am bothered to clean it. I actually put a lot of effort into cleaning it, and now I am considering to REPLACE ...
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Best chain cleaning solution for a chain that is not fully detachable from the bike

I have a bike chain which is not completely detachable from the bike, i.e., it doesn't have the quick link on it, so I cannot remove it completely. However, I can take off the rear wheel so that the ...
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Bicycle chain roller diameter size chart?

I'm digging for a while now, and can not find any helpful chart for chain roller diameters e.g. Shimano 8,9,10,11,12 speed. It differs of course depending on the manufacturer and the purpose. We know ...
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A 9 speed quicklink fits an 8 speed chain, and feels secure, but is it?

I snapped a chain today, on the errand bike near work (in traffic, but luckily not uphill). That's 8 speed, and I have a lightly used 8-speed chain (Shimano). I don't have any 8-speed quicklinks, ...
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Damaged carbon fibre [duplicate]

My chain dropped and got stuck in my bottom bracket while I was going uphill. I think the force from the pedal stroke damaged the carbon fibre. Wondering what is recommended when something like this ...
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Can I use WD-40 or WD-50 to clean Cube bike chain?

Can I use WD-40 or WD-50 to clean a bike chain?
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Band New Front Gear Shift Issue

I brought a bike a few days ago and barely rode it. Every time I did I noticed that the chain would slip in the front gear going to a larger chainring, in this case it's gear 2. 'Funny thing is I took ...
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9 speed chain on 8 speed derailers to reduce chain rub

I'm getting some chain rub on the hardest gear in the front and 2 hardest gears in the back where the chain hits the front derailer cage outer side. When I spin the pedal it seems like the chain is ...
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How to immerse wax a chain?

What is the best way to wax a chain using the immersion waxing technique? I did some research and am attracted to the benefits of waxing my chain. I bought a few new chains to try it out but am ...
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Shop replaced my chain, bike had less than 400 miles

This past spring brought Canyon Endurace8 with just under 400 miles on it in for a tune up to get it good to go for a bike fit and to fix anything I may have not done properly when I assembled it, ...
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Can spare Shimano 105 chain links be used as replacement when you break a chain?

A friend of mine has snapped his chain during his ride and we had to order a new Shimano HG601 chain for his 105 drivetrain. I wonder if we can use the links those will be removed from the same chain ...
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The chain mystery

A day I was in front of this... The person was actually trying to change the tire but this chain knot keeps haunting me. The chain has crossed the frame bar... and the most unbelievable, he could ...
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clicking chain on 3rd gear only

Shimano DI2 11 speed XTR on my gravel bike. The 3rd from smallest gear on the cassette makes a clicking sound. Any other gear its fine. Cassette and chain are fairly new. Have reindexed, checked ...
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What chain Maintenace (lube and cleaner) ingredients should I prefer (or avoid) with respect to environmental concerns

This question > Are fluorocarbons in chain lubricants a real environmental issue? got me thinking about the broader issue of the environmental impact of our choice of chain lube and cleaner. If I ...
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Are fluorocarbons in chain lubricants a real environmental issue?

Some chain lubricants contain fluorocarbons like PTFE or other substances called PFAS. Is this a genuine environmental issue? Should I avoid all lubricants containing fluorocarbons? I have heard that ...
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Chain Falling Apart

I asked this on a cycling forum and sorry but it's sort of long winded. The experiment with the first chain I hot waxed went well and I haven't had any problems. So I thoroughly cleaned another one ...
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Does dry dust and dirt stick worse to bees wax or WD40?

People sometimes lubricate their bike chain with bees wax and other people use WD40. When bicycling on dry dusty trails, dirt kicked up from the turning rotating wheels can stick to WD40 (oil) or bees ...
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What kind of wax will prevent a bicycle chain from rusting after the bicycle is left in the rain?

I left my bicycle out in the rain. When I try to pedal the bicycle, the chain locks up. That is to say, the roller chain got rusty after iron (ferrium), water and oxegen mixed together. What kind of ...
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Should the chain diverge that much?

I bought a new bike that has: 11-speed SRAM NX cassette. Single chainwheel: 36 SRAM NX teeth 11 / 42 cog. KMC X11 chain with quick-release. Rear derailleur: SRAM NX 11-speed. Anti-derailment ring. ...
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Shimano 7-speed chain - upgrading for more durability

I have a modest commuter bike with Shimano 3x7-speed Tourney gruppo on and I ride quite a few miles on it. Compared to my 105 11-speed road bike, I noticed that chains don't quite last as long ... on ...
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Chain rubbing front derailleur even after adjustment

I have a road bike (optimo 4). Getting some issue with chain rubbing the front derailleur which I figured was partially due to derailleur alignment. However after I went to LBS and adjusted it I am ...
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105 R7000 chain rubbing bigger sprocket when pedaling backwards

I am new to this so I wanted to know if this behavior is normal. When I pedal backwards and the chain is on the smallest sprocket I can see that the chain rubs for a second and then does a little jump....
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Are chain breaker pins manufacturer specific?

I broke the second (spare) pin of my Lezyne chain breaker and now need to buy more. There are no pins from Lezyne in the shop but there is a ParkTook breaker of the same basic design and spare pins ...
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