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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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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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What is this effect on my chain called?

I have a new road bike and when I move into the largest cog in the back, some variation on the above photo happens every couple of rotations. (Has been fixed by adjusting the barrel adjuster). I'm ...
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Bike difficult to pedal [closed]

I added a new rear wheel to my bike, and set the chain and spun it by hand so it spins properly. However it is very very difficult to pedal, requiring a lot of force. Also when I pedal, I hear a light ...
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New Shimano 11 Speed Road chain problem

I just bought a new 11 speed Shimano chain online. The wide end of the chain had a flat pin half sticking in, i tried to use a chain tool to release it abit allowing for more room to connect the other ...
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Chain skipping despite new cassette and chain

My chain keeps skipping loudly. Replacing the cassette and chain had no effect. I also zeroed the derailleur to the 5th gear of the cassette and it shifts smoothly. I have also replaced all ball-...
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what is the correct chain size for my bike [duplicate]

I broke my chain and I am trying to find a new one to buy. I have tried looking though had no luck. I have a 2014 giant boulder with 3 at the front and 8 at the back. So all I need is a size.
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How exactly does cross-chaining accelerate wear?

I've heard all over that cross-chaining "wears your drivetrain out faster". I must admit I'm not 100% convinced that this is true, because I can't see a scientific basis for it. Could I get an ...
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How does a chain get filthy and how can you stop it from getting filthy?

For the record, my chain looks a lot filthier. I hate cleaning bikes beyond anything. I don't clean my training bike very often, because it's only got cheap compenents and I do not care much if they ...
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How to mark pins that were once extracted on a chain?

Like many cyclists, I rotate a set of chains (two chains every 1000 km in my case) to minimise gear wear and have an opportunity to do a deep chain wash every now and then. When the time comes, I ...
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If I replace the cassette on my road bike, should I replace the whole drivetrain? [duplicate]

Relatively new to road cycling, have bought a 2nd hand bike and am thinking some parts of the drivetrain need replacing. Have tried to find this online and can't find any answers. Thanks!
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replacing a chain - which coating type or make (nickel vs silver vs TI Nitride vs diamond like)? [duplicate]

I've been riding a 2017 Giant AnyRoad CoMax for about 2.5 months now and today I checked the chain wear with a Park Tool Chain Wear Indicator: http://www.parktool.com/product/chain-wear-indicator-CC-...
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automotive lubricants (ATF, manual trans fluid, or heavy motor oil) as bike chain lube?

Good afternoon, I'm quite mechanically inclined (formerly an auto mechanic and currently an engineer) but relatively new to cycling. Compared to other contexts I'm familiar with, I've noticed that ...
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Chain falls off upper pulley when backpedalling

I just found out that indexed shifters required mated cassettes, and I am using the rear wheel and cassette from an indexed setup with a non-indexed rear derailleur. I noticed backpedalling sometimes ...
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How to reduce pedaling resistance

I brought my hybrid bike to Evans Cycles recently to get the rear gear mech replaced after I broke it. When I got the bike back, it was significantly harder to pedal. I tried moving my gears lower ...
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1970s era Huffy 3 speed Sea Trails chain [duplicate]

How do I know what size chain fits this bike? Which chain should I purchase? Thanks, Mike
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Putting pin(s) back into chain

While trying to put a new chain on a bike, I rather stupidly removed the "wrong" link in the chain, and it's already very short, so I can't simply remove yet another link in order to get the "correct" ...
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What is a narrow wide chainring and what are its benefits and drawbacks?

What is a narrow wide chain and what are it's benefits and drawbacks? Also, is a specific chainring or cassette required?
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1x11 speed road bike conversion

I am converting my 52x42 12 speed to 1x11 speed. I am wanting to put a 46t chainring on the crank. My question is will the 11speed chain run on this chainring which is 3/32" thick.
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Upgrading stock front derailleur - Will Shimano Deore work with 3x7 gearing?

I'm looking to upgrade the front derailleur from a stock DNP-brand (the ones every big-box BSO has) to a nicer Shimano. The goal is to reduce play and flex while switching, allowing a tighter ...
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Chain skip on new chain. Cassette has only 3200 km on it

I replaced a worn chain the day after the chain indicator check showed 100% wear. I replaced the 8 speed 52 full link chain with 52 + a half link plus a quick connector. The quick connector is fully ...
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Old Steel Rebuild

I'm trying to rebuild a 1966 Schwinn Continental. The chain and derailleur are different than anything that I have seen. The derailleur itself seems to be fine along with the wheels. I say wheels ...
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Can a chainstay's length vary?

My gut is telling me that this is a typo, but here's what I'm seeing. I'm looking at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Element which seems to feature a chainstay that can range from 439-437mm. For comparison,...
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Newbie Question: What do speeds mean on chains?

I'm shopping for a new chain, and I noticed some inconsistencies when discussing speeds. Specifically, speeds applied to the cassette refer to how many layer of gears it has (I presume). Speeds, when ...
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Does chain tension change how hard/easy it is to pedal?

I ride a single speed bike and it seems to be tougher than it should be to pedal. It is comparable to one of the higher gears on a multi-speed bike. I'm getting the feeling that my chain may be too ...
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9 speed derailleur on 7 speed cassette?

I currently have a 7 speed cassette, 7 speed derailleur and 7 speed shifter from Shimano. Unfortunately, my rear derailleur (Shimano Tourney) broke, so I want to replace it with something better. The ...
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How to hold rear derailleur sprocket arm extended

This is about inserting a chain, either a new chain or reinstalling the old one, like after cleaning as in my case. The rear derailleur arm is fighting me of course because of spring tension. The ...
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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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Have I incorrectly fed chain into the rear mech hanger

So I've had to change my chain because my indicator says it's worn. It did also seem to stretch quite a lot more then the new chain. I think I may have fed it into the rear mech hanger incorrectly ...
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how to identify chain type

How can I identify the make and model of a chain? I need to take a chain off and clean it. (It's a new-to-me used bike, and I'm giving everything the once over.) The chain doesn't have a master ...
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Is there any difference between silver/brown/painted bike chains?

When looking at bike chains, I usually see silver, gray/brown, and painted options. Is there generally any difference between these in terms of durability, corrosion resistance, or smoothness?
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Chain not running straight at the front

I have a touring bike which works fine. But when I shift to either of the two larger cogs on the front the chain hits the derailleur on both sides. Obviously it's because the cogs don't run straight ...
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How tight should the tandem front chain be?

I have a Thorn Me'n'u2 triplet (three seater tandem), and was having a problem where whenever I tried to accelerate suddenly (either solo or with stoker(s)), the front chain seemed to fall off (...
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Noise when pedalling

What is causing this noise? Is it normal?
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My chain on my 9 speed is slipping [duplicate]

My chain on 9 speed is slipping. I measured my chain but the slipping continues.
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Normal for derailleur to make noises?

I have a giant anyroad 1 2015. It has this as components Crankset Shimano Tiagra, 34/50 Cassette Shimano Tiagra 11x34, 10-speed That is 7 cogs in the cassette, and 2 cogs on the crankset. Is ...
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Cannot get chain link out

My chain broke so I decided I'd fix it. Don't have a tool to take apart the chain so I tried hammer and a nail over a wrench to no avail. Messed up the chain pretty bad too. Is there such a chain ...
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Part of chain link broken

I just got this bike from a neighbor and I saw that one of the chain links is broken on one side but not the other. What's the cheapest way to fix this situation? The bike is a Next Xelite that I'm ...
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Problem with chain skipping when pedaling hard

If I pedal hard, i.e. while standing/taking off/going uphill, the chain skips over the cogs making a load screeching noise and my foot just sinks to the bottom position. I attempted to fix this ...
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ideal chain replacement for Redline monocog 29er

I have a Redline Monocog 29er and I'm replacing the drive train. The bike's purpose is to be abused off-road. For the new chain, I'm debating between the SRAM PC-1 Single-Speed Chain ($6.39) and ...
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Schwinn Meridian trike not pedaling

I'm the third owner of this trike and I ride it EVERY day.I noticed a few days ago that I had no resistance when pedaling and then this morning it stopped altogether, I hopped off and checked it. The ...
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What does “HX” mean on a KMC chain?

I'm looking at buying a new single-speed chain and have pretty much settled on getting one of these two: KMC Z510 or KMC Z510 HX but can't figure out what the HX actually means. The HX costs 37% more ...
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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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Do all 10-speed chains fit 3x10?

I'm wondering if all 10-speed chains fit to 3x10. A lot of webshops say that the chain is "for road bikes 2x10" or something like that. Or nothing at all. The chain I have right now (Shinano CN HG-54) ...
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My chain is catching on a part for which I don't even know the name

A couple of days ago I was riding my bike and when I hit a hill and was shifting down through my gears, the chain slipped off the gears. I hopped off the bike and walked it back home, flipped it ...
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Why does my rear cassette feel like it's jumping when I put pressure on small cog?

I just gave my bike a going over with new bearing cages in the BB and a new chain. After putting everything back on I indexed the gears - finally getting the hang of the front but first time indexing ...
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Mechanism behind chain wear phases

Methods As an experiment I started taking regular chain stretch measurements, from when I first put on a chain until it is worn out. A Park CC-2 was used and each measurement was done in triplicate, ...
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Conversion 9 spd to 10 spd [duplicate]

I'm thinking of upgrading from a 9 speed (11-34T cassette) to 10 speed. Scoped out a few components and 1) Shimano Deore XT CS-M771 10-Speed Cassette 11-36T 10-speed HG cassette 2) Shimano Dyna-Sys, ...
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What is causing this chain clicking noise?

The click only happens when the chain is moving in certain locations. If the gear is low it happens every rotation and if the gear is high it happens 2 or 3 times per rotation of the pedal. I am ...
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new 9-speed chain fails after 4 weeks and ~240 miles

About 4 weeks ago I installed a new SRAM PC-971 chain on my Surly LHT. This morning I've noticed that one of the outer chain link plates started to pull away (to spread in a way that the pin is not ...
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Bike chain slips off sprocket as I pedal during repairs. Any idea why?

I am having an issue with a 26 inch Beach Cruiser. Everything was put together by a bike shop however one of the chains slipped off the sprocket during transport home. When I went to put it back on, ...