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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Chain rubs against frame when in smallest rear cog

I've set up a 12-speed SRAM Force groupset with an XDR cassette. When in the smallest rear cog, the chain rubs against the frame: Does anyone know what causes this and how to fix it? The frame is a ...
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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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New chain skips when old chain was replaced at 0.75% mark

I have a 3x8 hybrid bike that I use for commuting. I clean and lube the chain about every 200km, and regularly check it for wear using a chain cheker. I usually manage to ride between 1300 to 1600 km ...
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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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How do I open a master link in a chain?

How can I undo a chain that is closed with a master link? Inspired by comment from https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/39284/19705
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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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Chain slipping on brand new bike, bike shop is stumped

I just bought a 2020 Kona Lava Dome (the details of this bike/components are at the end of this question) and I can't use the low (small) front sprocket. Under any load (like a hill climb) the chain ...
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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 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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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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single speed mtb chain slipping

hey i am new here and i was just wondering if anyone can help me out with the problem of my chain keeps slipping when i pedal a little bit hard. I took my bike to lbs and they said that my chain was ...
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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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Will regular removal, cleaning and re-placing of my chain weaken or damage it?

When I'm cleaning my bike, the quickest way to degrease my chain is to remove it and degrease it in a small tub. Will constant removal / re-adding to the bike cause damage? I don't have a quick ...
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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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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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How many chain links do I need?

Looking for chains at ebay, I see, that they have 106, 114, 116 links and so on. I have a racing bike (2x7) and see, that chains are often announced as 6-7-8-speed, 10-speed, 11-speed. Since there ...
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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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How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?

I commute on a fixie. I'm using KMC Z410 chains. Every evening if it's wet I wipe and re-lube my chain, using ProLink lube. Every weekend I remove the chain, soak it in kero, brush it with a citrus ...
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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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Do half link chains work on any bike and what is their purpose?

Do half link chains work on any bike? What is the purpose of a half link chain? I've noticed that only BMXers and DJers use them, and that leads me to believe there is a technical reason behind ...
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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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What is the deal with the new weird Gazelle chain case design?

I was about to buy this bike (a Gazelle Arroyo c7): http://www.gazelle-fietsen.be/assortiment/arroyo-c7 when I realized the chaincase is seemingly deliberately designed so that the chain constantly ...
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Chain Slips in certain gears

I have noticed that I can not get my rear derailleur to sit perfectly allowing all of my gears to feel good. Mid range often feel a bit lumpy or there good when using either one of the front chain ...
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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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Replacement vintage Raleigh chain

I'm refurbishing a 1988 Raleight winner with an original worn chain. It has a 5 speed rear freewheel and a 2 cog crank. Advise please on which chain I need and where to purchase.
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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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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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Chain stuck between chainring and frame

My chain fell out while switching the gears and now it is stuck between the chainring and the frame. (I'm not a native speaker nor a bicycle expert, the terms may be wrong) I tried to unscrew the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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