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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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Strange long squeal sound when I pedal hard - how to track this down?

It's kinda hard to describe but there's a sound coming from somewhere on the bike when I pedal hard - I can't figure out where it's coming from. It's sort of like a high pitched pig squeal. It started ...
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WD40 on Single-Speed Chain [duplicate]

Simple Question: May I use WD40 to lubricate my single-speed chain? Does it not have any negative effects in terms of the chain performance and biking in general?
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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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Chain guides; yay or nay?

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Chain slipping on middle chainring

I have recently replaced the chain and the cassette. Previous chain never slipped. I never had any problems with it at all. But I have made about 10 000 km on it and the wear was beyound any limits, ...
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Gates Carbon Drive vs Single-Speed Chain, Long Term Lifespan and Maintenance

I'm looking to get a new bike which will require the smallest amount of maintenance. The bike will have an internally-geared hub and I have the choice of single speed chain or belt drive. I have ...
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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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How to prevent chain looking dirty one ride after cleaning it!

I try and clean my chain regularly and particularly when it's wet or dirty. Despite my chain looking pristine clean once I have finished it often looks black and oily again after just one commute of ...
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Replaced chain, bike makes grinding noise?

Recently, I started going to a community bike shop to learn how to maintain and service my own bike. Ever since I changed the old, worn-out chain to a new chain with a master link, I've been ...
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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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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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What to use to clean your chain (and cogs)?

I've just tried cleaning my chain and cogs with some really hot water and washing-up liquid. I also used a toothbrush, j-cloth and a non-scratch scourer. After over an hour of some serious elbow ...
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Can I use gear oil on my chain?

I don't have any chain oil right now, but I have some gear oil left over from working on my car. Would it be an effective chain lubricant? It's listed as 80W90, but reading the Wikipedia article ...
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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 ...