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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Are more expensive chains/casettes more quiet?

If we ignore the lower end products and compare mid and high end products. Is there a noticeable difference between the sound produced while pedaling in the same gear (Not the shifting sound)? For ...
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Qring with Etap shifting problem

I switch to Qring with my Etap Quarq crank. I cut it big qring for fit (Quarq was on the way) and switch to a new chainring bolt for hidden bolt. the problem I have now is when I’m shifting from the ...
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New bike chain? [duplicate]

I know very little about bikes but have just changed my gearing to 40 single on the front and a 11-28 on the back of my Mountain Bike . What would be the right chain length to get please ?
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What explains 9 speed cassettes price differences?

I have a pretty heavy bike I use to travel long distances with a lot of luggage. It has a mix of XT, deore and other Shimano equipment. I bought it second hand so I don't really know the details. I ...
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Shimano 105 R7000 drivetrain makes crackling sound

I got an Shimano R7000 groupset and have the following problem: After degreasing my chainrings (54 – 36) and the cassette (28 – 11), the drivetrain makes normal noise. However after around 30km, the ...
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Will putting an e-bike chain on a “traditional” road bike give more mileage?

I was browsing through a webshop for some replacement parts and in the "chains" section I came across "e-bike chains" - claimed to be stronger than traditional chains. Since 11-speed chains are ...
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Chain getting in between sprocket and rear dropout

My girlfriend has a vintage Nishiki womens road bike, and recently there have been instances when shifting, the chain sometimes falls off the smallest sprocket and ends up stuck between the rear ...
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New chain and cassette makes cycling much more difficult

I had a new chain and cassette fitted yesterday. But today, hills which I could easily climb two days ago are now horrendously challenging. What was a pleasure has just become a nightmare. Why is this ...
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When I am pedaling hard my chain jumps but doesn’t go to higher or lower gear

I have this problem with my bike when I put an amount of pressure on my pedals the chain kinda jumps but doesn’t change to a higher or lower gear and it usually happens when I go on 3X7 and 3X6 when I ...
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How do I know what gear combinations should work without chain rasp on front derailleur?

I tried adjusting the front derailleur on a 3x10 trekking bike. After fiddling around a long time, I concluded that is probably not possible to make all cogs work with all chainrings. How do I know ...
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Chain skipping and loud noise when pedalling

Last year I changed old chain, all cables, rear and front derailleurs with new cheapest shimano parts. It has 7 speed cassette with tourney 6/7 speed rear derailleur. As summer started I took this ...
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A clicking every couple of pedal turns (video included)

I have been using a hybrid trek for a couple of weeks. The bike is still very new with only around 150 miles done. This morning on a ride it kept clicking every few pedal turns. I cut the ride ...
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Single speed chain wide - is this OK?

The chain is wider than cog, it's safe to ride, and doesn't fall over, it's staying properly, chain is 1/2 inch pitch x 1/8, and my cog is 1/2 pitch x 3/32. Is it okay that cog is thinner than the ...
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Converting 3x7 to a 1x7. Is it possible with only existing parts?

I own a 2000 model Specialized Ground Control full suspension. The front derailleur is rusty and temperamental so my solution is to remove it as well as 2 chain rings (they are removable on mine) and ...
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Snap a Shimano chain pin without pliers?

I just went back to a Shimano chain. For emergencies, rather than using a missing link, I considered just bringing a couple of unused links and a replacement pin. However, I don't want to carry a ...
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Chain not fitting on big chainring

I have a problem where my chain is not engaging on the big chainring. The chain is not touching the FD so, that is ruled out. Is it possible that my chain is not compatible with my crank? My chain ...
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What is the actual diameter of our current bicycle chain's rollers?

Wikipedia states that it's 5/16" (~7.9mm) while two or three sites list it as 7.75mm. I'm a little bit confused. Does it differ in different internal width? Does it differ between singlespeed and ...
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How to create a bicycle that rolls backwards when you pedal forward?

This may seem like a crazy question, but I am currently trying to design a kinetic machine where pilots are facing away from the direction of motion, adding whimsy and curiosity. As someone who doesn’...
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Cassette, chainring, chain compatibility

I've taken on trying to nurse my husband's bike back to life. It is a 2012 Specialize Venge with Dura-Ace Di2 (very old version); Specialized pro FACT carbon chain rings, Ultegra 10-speed cassette. ...
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Discrepancy between old chain length and largest chainring largest cog method

Putting on a new chain. First counted the links on the old chain - which I never had reason to think was the wrong length. But since I felt like being thorough I also measured using the largest cog ...
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Chain link speeds

What are the different chain link speeds and why are they important or what is the difference? I have recently broken one of my chain links on one side while cycling. Wishing to fix it I discovered a ...
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Need help replacing old cassette and chain

I have an old bike with a cassette and chain that needs replacement. The problem is that I can't identify what kind of cassette it is or how to remove it. There are 14 teeth on the smallest cog ...
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Rusty chain and back cassette – Replace or repair?

Reference of the chain: KMC Z51 Reference back freewheel: Shimano TZ21 14-28 Teeth 7 Speed Reference of the bike: BTWIN Rockrider 340 I recently acquired a second-hand bike and decided to repair it: ...
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Does rim size make a difference to chain length?

I plan to upgrade my bike to 1x10 from a 1x7. I also want to learn how to build a wheel. In order to archive this I need to change the hub on the rear wheel, but I am waiting for the hub I need to ...
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What is the consistency of the Finish Line Dry Teflon?

I am doing some test for my home purposes of different lubes, and I was quite surprised I have three bottles of Finish Line Dry Teflon with two different forms. I shook all before applying and the ...
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Adjust deraillers after changing chain?

I just changed the chain on my Cube Acid 2X11sp mtb. I replaced the old chain with an exactly similar brand, model and length new chain (shimano). Is it NECESSARY to readjust and finetune the speed ...
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How do I tell what width chain my used chainring needs?

I bought a used crankset from my local bike collective. It has a single 44-tooth chainring and I intend to use it for a single speed conversion with a new cog and chain, but I need to figure out what ...
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Why is an old chain unsafe?

I recently took my bike in for a service and the mechanic urged me to replace my chain, potentially at great cost (might need a new wheel). He said it might jam or pop off. He couldn't explain to me ...
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Chain getting stuck between large chain ring and front mech when changing into big ring

15+ year old Scott MTB. When changing gear from mid to large chain ring the chain gets pinched between the mech and the large chain ring. Tried adjusting the max min screws, problem persists. Old bike ...
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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