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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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Could the E-bike drivetrain wear down till needing replacement after 400 km?

The drivetrain (chain? gears?) of my E-bike started to make loud clicking sounds, with the impression that the chain is skipping over teeth. The gear switching itself still works well. I have tried ...
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Okay to use new KMC master link on old KMC 11spd chain?

I took my 11spd KMC bike chain off a few days ago to give it a good cleaning and re-mounted it to the drivetrain using a master link and park tool master link pliers. I must have not set it correctly ...
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KMC chain disconnection issue

I'm trying to replace my rear derailleur on my cheap MTB. Chain is a KMC with a Z and NARROW on it. There's no master link so I bought a tool but i can't get it to push a pin out. Are the pins one ...
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Chain guides; yay or nay? [closed]

So, recently i've bought a new chainring online and it will be sent to my home soon. And i thought to myself, should i get a chain guide? The chainring has narrow wide teeth so the chain will not fall ...
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Chain size designations e.g. 1/2 x 3/32 : how to measure?

How is the second number, e.g. 3/32, determined? Do you measure: a) the thickness of the spacer between the inner links or b) the distance between the inner links I have an older bike and don't ...
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1972 Schwinn 10 speed missing chain need to know how many links [duplicate]

I just bought a vintage Schwinn Suburban 10 speed bicycle but the chain was missing from the bike. I need to know how many links is generally on this bike. I bought a bike chain that says for 5/6/7/8 ...
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Lifespan chain and gear wheels on e-bike [closed]

If is possible to give an indication of the average lifespan of the chain and gear wheels of an E-bike? Assuming: Cycling in all weather conditions (commute); Western European climate (10% of time ...
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Chain prototype

For my thesis, I'm making a measurement prototype ruler with a bicycle chain. Check the image At the moment there is a worn bicycle chain in the white paper from a bike with a derailleur. The purpose,...
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New Bicycle - Chain making noise

Hi I recently purchased a new bicycle. I have only been out on it twice and the chain is making a sort of clink and clunk noise. Is this common as its a new bike with new chain? Does the chain need to ...
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What is causing the chain skip after chain replacement?

I have a road bike that was converted to single speed with a single sprocket on the read wheel and a single chainring. I had a 3/32 chain which worked perfectly fine. However after many kms and ...
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What are the different uses for the 110 vs 114 vs 116 link bike chains?

I used to just leave those to the bike shop guys .. but nowadays .. I would prefer learn these basic skills myself Currently I was searching for a replacement chain for my bike .. was told that for ...
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(Light?) rust removal from chain

Situation: I'm new to the world of trike maintenance. My son and I purchased recumbent trikes at the end of last summer. The weather for the past couple of months has been cold, snowy, cold, and......
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Lost power when chain is not lubricated properly

Does anybody know how much power is lost when the chain is not lubricated properly? I drive a rather heavy bike and experienced that when the chain is not lubricated it definitely has an effect. Can ...
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chain / cassette / chainrings replacement ratios - how often to you usually replace cassettes & chainrings per number of replaced chains?

I'm looking to get other riders experiences with how often cassettes and chainrings usually have to be replaced per the number of chain replacements. On my 2 road bikes I usually find roughly the ...
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Levels of derailleurs, freewheels and chains

What are the levels of derailleurs (Shimano probably) I know Altus and Acera but don't know the higher end ones. I am putting this on my Sondors Fat ebike. I will be using a 7 speed freewheel, and a ...
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How can I dry a chain?

I've started cleaning my mountain-bike chain more regularly, using this process: Wash off mud. Use chain-cleaner tool with de-greaser. Wash off de-greaser. Dry chain (see below). Re-lube with wet ...
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Why does my chain slips when I put pressure on my pedals

When I get on my bike and put pressure on my pedals or stand up and pedal, my chain slips. I want to know what the problem is so I can fix it myself as I don’t have a lot of money for a bike shop to ...
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Canyon Ultimate R8000 front derailleur - can't get low enough

I have a Canyon Ultimate CF SL. I have installed an R8000 Ultegra front derailleur. I am finding that even when the limit screw is dialed right out that when in the little-big combo (little front, ...
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Can I mix brands of chain and missing link

If I stick to the same speed (e.g. do not mix say 9 speed and 10 speed), can I mix the brand of chain and missing link safely. For instance, can I use a Shimano missing link on a KMC chain, or should ...
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Re-use Shimano quick link?

Can I use the quick link from my old shimano chain to my new shimano chain? Or the old link will cause any problem? I have to say that no damage is visible in that old quick link. Both 2x11, same ...
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Chain falling off front sprocket

I have a 7 speed Mongoose Bike. The chain often falls off the front sprocket. There is only one chain ring in the front. Any ideas what to check for? Thanks, Paul
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Chain for Huffy beach cruiser

The chain broke on my Huffy 26" Cranbrook Beach Cruiser. What chain do I buy? Size and speed? I think it's multi speed!
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I need to change the chainset on my carrera vengance 27.5 frame and wheels

What chainset would you recommend for my bike I'm new to cycling and pretty well I'm a virgin tbh,,,it's 24 speed carrera vengeance the one I have now well it looks like it's warped when peddling,It ...
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Can a rusty chain be saved?

I picked a girl's mountain bike out of a dumpster . It looks very excellent except for a chain that is so rusted that each link needs to worked free. Name is Techno Lite , 26" wheels, 15 speed ...
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Freshly inserted pin on a new Shimano chain causes a stiff joint

I just tried to replace my chain for the first time - Shimano, 9-speed, labeled as CN-GH53. After I inserted the special pin, the joint is somewhat more stiff compared to the other ones. On the ...
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Can I use WD40 and generic bicycle oil to maintain my MTB drivetrain?

For years I've been using WD40, a brass brush, a rag, and some generic bicycle chain oil. My chain has no visible damage, and I have no problems with it. This is for a somewhat cheap MTB that sees ...
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What brand is my chain?

It has '3f-2' stamped on the plates but I can't tell what the brand is. Thank you.
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Can’t attach master link [duplicate]

I’m trying to install a chain with a snap on master link, but I can’t figure out how. I’ve tried twisting the chain as suggested by other questions to get it into place, but that doesn’t help. How do ...
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Is a folding bike's chain more likely to slip?

I have recently purchased a Raleigh folding bike second hand. I had to take it back for servicing (within warranty) when there were problems with the gears and derailleur. The dealers have replaced ...
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Cleaning and lubing bicycle chain with diesel

For last 3 weeks I am using diesel for my cleaning and lubing my bicycle chain, so far I am not facing any problems. Should I continue this or am I damaging my chains ? Has anyone else using this ...
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KMC X9 chain: can I replace some links from any chain?

I've got some broken links in my KMC X9 chain. Is it possible to replace them with links from any 9 speed chain? Or do I need to replace the whole chain? Also, in that case can I just use any 9 speed ...
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Ultegra 2X cranks with M8000 group and 11-42t cassette?

Will an Ultegra 50/34 front crankset work with a Shimano XT M8000 Shadow+ 11 Speed Rear derailleur and 11-42t cassette?
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Truvativ 1x front chainguide - what's wrong with this?

I've been asked to inspect and fix someone's bike. Its a heavy full-suspension Kona "Stab Deluxe" downhill monster from 2006. The main fault is that the chain gets stuck between the front chainring ...
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Rotating 12-speed SRAM GX chain

I have a new mountain bike with an SRAM GX 12-speed drivetrain. I am thinking about rotating the chain to make maintenance easier and to increase the lifetime of the cassette. I would swap between two ...
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Single Speed / Fixie - Chain tension / uneven tension

I recently changed my chain and noticed it has uneven tension (probably my chain ring being out of rounds). I followed Parktool's video and set the tightest spot to have about 0.25 inch movement up ...
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What size chain for 200gs FC-M202?

This FC-M202 200gs has a label saying For NARROW chain only: So what size exactly? Wikipedia lists three sizes: 3⁄32 in (2.4 mm), 1⁄8 in (3.2 mm), 5⁄32 in (4.0 mm), or 3⁄16 in (4.8 mm) I can't ...
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Chainring and chain compatibility for Suntour chainring

just ordered a new chainring for my nexus-8 equipped longtail bike, it's a suntour 48 tooth chainring shown here: https://www.srsuntour.com/products/32-tooth-chainring?variant=27528743299 it's a ...
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Chain get stuck on front sprocket during pedalling

When pedalling the chain sometimes get stuck on the front sprocket. This happened after I cleaned the gears and replaced the chain. What could cause this? The purple line is the chain. The circles ...
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Chain tensioner (or tug) for single speed QR dirt jump bike?

Recently i have started to learn no foots on dirt jumps, but i have noticed my cranks can sometimes spin in the air leading to some dodgey situations. I believe having more tight chain would solve or ...
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Chain shortening only one link?

Is it possible to shorten or extend a chain only one link as shown in the photo (in red square). Or do I have to shorten at least two links in order for the other end to match? The reason I'm asking ...
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Wheel keeps going out of alignment and loosening the chain

I have an electric bike with internal hub gears on the rear wheel, so no derailleur. This means that for the chain to stay tight, the wheel axle needs to be dragged back into its seating before it is ...
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Chain skipping on new single speed freewheeel

I just got a Colnago Master Arabesque single speed conversion from a friend who moved abroad. It's set up as a fixie on a flip flop Hub. I flipped the wheel and installed a new single speed 1/8 ...
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How to extend a chain for a cargo bike?

I have a KMC x10e chain which is 162 links long on my Xtracycle electric cargo bike. The chain is worn and I am trying to replace it. From what I can tell it is available only in 136 links. Is the ...
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Cannot shift to lowest gear - chain too short?

I’m in the process of switching from an 11-25 to 11-32 rear cassette. The upgrade has involved replacing the cassette, rear derailleur (short to medium cage) and fitting a new chain. I can cleanly ...
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Can rusting of chain be slowed?

I have been using a silicone spray on my chain, but it isn't long before it rusts. Anything better? What about about Squirt Long Lasting Dry Chain Lube ? Thanks.
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Chain loosening over time (Fixie)

I've ridden a fixed gear bike for years now, but I've only just questioned if I have been doing something wrong when adjusting the chain. You see, I have to tension the chain (pulling the rear wheel ...
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How long can I safely use a chain for?

My chain is well over the 0.75% extension at which I would normally replace it. However, the cassette and chainrings are also old enough that a new chain would slip on them, so they would also need ...
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How long does a freewheel cog last?

4 months I asked this question when I changed my chain: What can be done wrong changing the chain in a single speed? and the solution was to change the freewheel cog. I decided to "invest" in the not ...
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What are the causes of rear derailleur chain noise?

My rear derailleur is making some noise and I'm having trouble diagnosing the cause. It seems like it's coming from the rear cogs and sounds similar to chain noise. I'm re-building my bike after an ...
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What methods to determine chain length?

I would like to know what methods there are to size chain length on a derailleur geared bike. There should be more than one answer, so there are effectively no wrong answers - don’t be shy. What are ...