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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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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 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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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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Problem with chain skipping without trying to shift (even with new chain and gears)

I have a mountain bike where the chain intermittently skips when put under load on the middle (and very rarely on the smallest) chain ring. It is not related to shifting. I've taken several steps to ...
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How often should I lube my chain?

I ride less than 200 miles a week, and I'm at about the 200 mile mark on my new road bike. Most of my riding is done on the road in an urban city, so there is a lot of odd, unnatural debris. My LBS ...
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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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Parafin wax vs wet lube for bike chain lubrication?

So im thinking of waxing my chain (with parafin wax) what would the advantages of this be over wet lube (i use muck off). Anybody have any experience with waxed chains? Thanks.
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Chain noise, fixed gear

This is my first bike ever assembled, I’m a total newbie. I’ve just finished to put chain/cog and did my first try of chain tensioning. All components are new, but still I don’t understand why there’...
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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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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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What Are the Widths of Shimano 8, 9, and 10 Speed Cassettes?

I was hoping that someone could provide me with the precise Shimano road-bike 8, 9, and 10 speed sizes for the following: Cassette Spacer Width Cog/Tooth Width Maximum Chain Width
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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 length. how long or how many links [duplicate]

I measured from the middle of each sprocket and it's 17 inches. Not sure what length of chain I should get
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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 a 10-speed mountain bike chain be used on a 10-speed road bike?

I would like to use a Shimano Deore XT Chain CN-HG94 on my road bike. Are there any differences between roadbike chains versus mountain bike chains that prohibit this? Sample Road Bike Chains: Dura ...
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How good or bad would chainsaw bar lubricant be as a bicycle chain lube?

A former coworker asked me this today, and I don't have a good answer. He has access to plentiful quantities of chainsaw bar lubricant, the stuff that helps a chainsaw's chain move around the metal ...
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Using Rohloff with a thicker chain

I have a Bosch/Rohloff bike that currently uses a 3/32 chain. Seems like that's the standard for Rohloff hubs. Problem is, I'd much rather use a 3/16 chain, i.e. a chain that's exactly twice as thick. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do I really have to replace the cassette when I replace the chain, or is this a scam?

My chain broke so I brought the bike in and the guy told me "Well you don't have the old chain, so we have to replace the cassette also. They go together. If you don't replace the cassette then the ...
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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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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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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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While pedaling standing up, bike crank gives in as if shifting, what is causing this?

While standing up and pedaling, the cranks give in as if shifting. It seams like I am shifting down, but my hands are off the shifter, almost like the chain is skipping a link. I took it to a bike ...
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Modded folding bike and strange chain skipping on most gears

I've a folding Tern Link D8 that I've started customize by replacing some parts...what is driving me nuts is a strange chain skipping that happens on some gears and only when I apply some force (...
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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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How can I tell which size chain my bike uses?

After learning how to break a chain and reattach it, and also how to add and remove a master link, I find that I can now do much more in the way of maintenance at home. I'll no longer need to bring my ...
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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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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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New chain is pre-lubricated, should I clean it before use?

My new chain is totally coated in lube. I would never ride a bike with a chain like this normally. All that goop is just going to collect flotsam from the road and wear out the chain. Should I clean ...
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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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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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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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Are there any disadvantages to running a stainless steel bike chain?

We are currently using KMC Z51RB rust resistant chains on our bikes, a competitor has started to use stainless steel chains. Does anyone know the advantages and disadvantages of using stainless steel ...
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Chain falls to the outside of the chainring, but I can't reproduce the problem

I have a Dahon Speed P8 that I use for touring Japan, which has about 3000km on it. The bicycle has 8 gears on the back, and 1 gear on the front. Note: I love riding my bike, but honestly (and ...
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My bike makes a noise from the cranks

Weird problem. My mtb makes this clicking noise at the same spot when i pedal. It sounds like its coming from the crank but if i backpedal it goes away for about 5 minutes and then comes back. Is it a ...
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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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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 ...