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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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New Cable Anchor Bolt for SunTour Accushift Edge

I got a pretty good condition Trek 400 and it has SunTour Edge components. Unfortunately, the rear Accushift derailleur is missing a cable anchor bolt so I have no way of attaching a cable to it. Are ...
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Difference in Chain Types

What is the difference in chain types, some say 11 speed, some say 9. Is the only difference length, what would happen if i put an 11 speed chain on my 9 speed cassette ? thanks.
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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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Bike chain rattles

I've got this issue with my bike: the chain rattles an unusual lot when the bike is subjected to usual shocks during a very usual ride (or when I replicate that myself). Background I've got a 21 ...
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Possible to identify sprocket without taking the bike apart?

I would like to change the chain and sprocket on my Centurion Basic 7 speed, as I have read that it is good practice to change the sprocket when changing the chain. It will be the first time I try ...
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How to find key values of a chain?

My chain says "Z KMC 3C-2 RB" which I suppose refers to as 'Z8 RB 1/2" x 3/32"'? The bike shop where I have bought from until now doesn't have this exact model. So what are the key properties of the ...
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Can I replace 11 speed 11-40t with a 11-42t or 11-46t staying with Shimano XT family?

Can I replace the 11 speed 11-40t cassette with a 11-42t or 11-46t? What other parts will be needed to complete job? I.e. new chain, long chain, spacers?
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Can riding without a chain damage a bike?

I've been really struggling learning to ride fakie (backwards) on my BMX. Tonight, an idea occurred to me. If I remove the chain from my bike, it'll be a "free coaster," and I won't have to pedal ...
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Are bike chains in Europe different?

I tried to change the crank set on a bike brought over to the USA from Europe, assuming all bike chains were the same. The original chainring had 40 teeth and I wanted to try one with 44 teeth. The ...
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Does master-link size matter?

I recently got this chain master-link for my 21 speed bike but it turns out that it's really meant for a 24 speed drivetrain. Does this mean that the master-link won't be good on my set up? Or that it'...
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Correctly sized chain with impossible too loose B-screw adjustment?

I have recently changed my cassette from a 11-32 to a 11-25 (11 speed). To make the change possible, I have reduced my chain size to 106 links (53 inches) by the largest cog, largest chain ring method....
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Does one replacement automatically require another?

I need the chain, chain set and cassette replaced on my road bike - does this automatically mean that the bottom bracket must also be replaced?
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Mysterious squeaky sound

I have noticed that my bike makes a high pitched squeaky sound when pedalling on my 12th tooth cassette cog (second smallest), especially when going a bit faster ( over 30 km/h or 18 mph) and applying ...
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Does too high “B-tension” increase wear

This answer suggests that having B-tension adjusted so that the chain sits far from the cogs increases wear. Can anyone cite a source that says that? Experimental evidence would be preferable, but a ...
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How to open Gazelle Orange c7+ chain case?

I would like to open it because I feel a touch while pedaling and gear changes are not smooth. Is there any video or manual to show how to open chain case?
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How to install a chain that has a pre-fitted pin?

My new chain (Shimano 5800 HG600 105) comes with a pin inserted in the outer plate as seen in the picture below. The Shimano dealer's manual makes no mention of this scenario. How to install such a ...
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8 speed drivetrain stronger than 9 speed?

I see a lot of people recommending 8 speed drivetrain over 9 speed for a touring bike because they are supposed to be stronger (e.g. in the buyers guide of the Adventure cyclist magazine, issue april ...
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Squeaky coasting and back pedal

I recently bought a bike overseas rather than at LBS (no LBS had the type of bike I wanted). Now the bike makes a strange noise and I can't bring it in for servicing (buy from LBS when you can!). ...
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Chain slips/jumps occasionally (with all new parts)

Several months ago I replaced all gearing parts and switched from an 8 speed to a 10 speed system. All parts were brand new. After replacing I noticed the chain slipping occasionally. Though I drive ...
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Loud cracking noise after installing new chain

I did some work on my Rohloff bike today, installing a new chain & chainring and reversing the sprocket. When trying out the bike afterwards, something in the drive train was making a loud ...
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How much can I reuse paraffin to wax to my chain?

I've been waxing my road and mountain bike chains for a few years now, and have always used just paraffin wax. Typically, I leave the leftover melted wax in the heating element (an old slow cooker) ...
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Chain keeps slipping on in-hub geared bike. Stretched chain?

I have an Avanti Discovery 8, which is a mid-range hybrid bike with Shimano in-hub gears. I ride about 20klms a day on bike paths so whilst it gets a work out, it never really gets much bad abuse. I'...
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ParkTool CC-2 chain checker incorrect readings

My bike is equipped with Shimano Ultegra CN-HG701-11 chain. After only 600 km I measured it with ParkTool CC-2 and it gives 0.75% wear. ParkTool says For 11 and 12-speed chain, replace at or just ...
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Are there any differences between Shimano 10-speed connecting pins?

I am looking for connecting pins for Shimano CN-5600 and CN-5701. I found some on eBay but are for Dura Ace. Are they compatible? The chains in question are super narrow HG which are 5.88 mm wide.
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Snapped powerlink, new powerlink or new chain?

If your chain snaps at the powerlink, do you need to replace just the powerlink? Or is the entire chain comprised?
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Noisy chain when under tension

I've recently purchased a second hand Orbea with a 105 groupset, and I've noticed the chain makes a rubbing-like noise when in the big front ring. It's not rubbing anywhere though - the gears are ...
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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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When I pedal they keep shifting forward randomly but not moving the bike forward [duplicate]

When I try to pedal fast or hard or just put any sort of pressure to move the pedals foward they seem to give out, randomly jerking forward and not making the bike wheel move. https://drive.google....
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Trouble with tension adjuster screws on 2012 Kona Unit

Here is the drive side screw on my 2012 Kona Unit: The problem is the screw is very difficult to move and adjust tension. It's so bad that I stripped the hex head used to adjust the tension, ...
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Do i need to lube up my chain

I didnt ride my bicycle for almost 2 years now. It was in my room all this time. Do i need to lube the chain up or am i good to go? Thanks! Benjamin.
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Is Back-pedalling normal ? chain keeps jumping from higher to lower cog in rear cassette

I just bought a new bike Marin Pine mountain-1 which has 1 X 11 drivetrain. I want to know is Back peddling normal ? I called my mechanic and he said you should not do back peddling or this will ...
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Chain jumps off when jumping [closed]

My chain jumps off front chainring or changes gears in the rear when I jump over stuff. Is there a way to prevent this?
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Chain fell between cassette and spokes, what to replace?

My chain fell between the cassette and the spokes while riding, and it destroyed my rear wheel. I know I'll have to replace the wheel, but can I keep the cassette and the chain? There is no visible ...
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Replacing rear wheel due to weird sound

My bike is a standard city bike (decathlon btwin elops 300) It has has cassette for 6 gears on the back. A few weeks ago while on the bike I heard a weird sound. I try to understand and the sound is ...
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New chain 'jumps' on sprocket [duplicate]

Campagnolo Triple T rear derailleur 9 Speed Campagnolo Athena 3x11 speed crank and front derailleur Chain KMC X11 with missing link. http://www.kmcchain.eu/chain-KMC_X11–93-road_cross-11_speed The ...
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The master link that came with my chain won't fit

I have this master link that came with my chain (Snap On type). In the first picture it is distinctly the one on the left - not a spring clip. Try as I might - it doesn't seem to be long enough? Do I ...
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Bike chain “skipping”, but only when not continuously pedaling

So I put together a bike a couple months ago. New chain, new chainrings (3 speeds), and new rear cassette (8 speeds). Used front and rear derailleurs from a bike co-op. The free wheel is old but seems ...
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Determining the correct chain length (52/36 with 12/29 11S cassette combination)

I have a Campagnolo Record groupset on my road bike where I want to replace the chain. My combination is 52/36 crankset with 12/29 (Chorus) cassette. I got a Campagnolo Record Chain 11-speed for this ...
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Chainring for a Shimano FC-CX50

I have a 2013 Scott CX Team Cyclocross which has an FC-CX50 Crankset. Unfortunately, I cannot afford a road/triathlon bike right now and I have been using this for triathlons. I now have road tires ...
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Are there chains where it matters which side is out and which is in? [duplicate]

Are there chains where it matters which side is out and which is in? I don't mean which end of the chain leads as the chain travels forward during pedaling. I mean which side is out toward the seat ...
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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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A Chain Stretch . .

As a "ten speed" (Raleigh) is my main source of transportation . . . Does any one know of a chain manufacturer who makes a shrunken chain (slightly smaller pitch) so the chain actually begins to fit ...
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Where should I look for a reliable chainguide for a large chainring (52T)?

I'm building a hybrid bicycle using a Specialized StumpJumper S-Works carbon frameset. The drive-train is 1x12. Wolf Tooth 52T cyclocross chainring, to beef up the top end gearing. (The chainring ...
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Is this just the paint cracks?

It is on the dropout of my new tarmac, one month old. The shop owner said "It's normal for this side to crack it might be from the chain" But when I did test the chain it didn't touch the frame (...
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Rear Derailleur Cage Plate Catching Chain at Lower Pulley

Just got a new Felt (Z85, 2015). Was adding oil and cycling through the gears of the rear derailleur when the chain got caught on the lowest gear. It appears that the cage plate is catching at the ...
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Do hardened chains cause more chainring and cassette wear?

I was reading the Sept 2016 issue of Bicycling where they were reviewing the SRAM NX series. The blurb for the SRAM chain (below) states that "The PC-1110 chain SRAM recommends for NX ... has ...
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Can't press shifters (stuck) [closed]

My rear shifter says the chain is on gear 4, but actually it is on gear 7. When I try to swap the gear, I just can't press/pull the lever: it's stuck. The 2nd problem I have is that when I'm riding my ...
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New chain, pedal power seems weaker

I'm a commuter cyclist who didn't for the last 18 months really do anything to take care of his bike - though it was stored inside between rides. Took it to the shop 12 months in for a service, but ...
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Rear hub freewheel and casette

I am having some issues with my drive trainsystem. I have changed my chain after quite a while (shame on me) with a new one, that i sized exactly on the same number of links as the old one. When ...
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Missing Link — which one, 7.3mm or 7.1mm?

KMC has two versions of their Missing Link, one that is 7.3mm and one that is 7.1mm. Both are advertised for 6/7/8 speed. The only difference appears to be the pin length, but it's unclear if you had ...