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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How do I attach this master link on the chain?

This is a master link with PYC brand. I couldn't figure out how to attach it on my chain as both pins are on the same side. Can you help me out? Also can you tell me for which speed this master link ...
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My Shimano EZ fire plus on the right side isn't shifting below 3 and the left one wont shift above 3

The shifters have been doing this since I got the bike a while ago, but the chain is also starting to fall of the gears when I'm riding it. I don't know how to fix this so can anyone help me?
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Front derailleur at limit, but still heavy chain rub on cage

Back story: I bought a Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 second-hand, with Shimano Ultegra components. The previous owner had used it with different components and had the original ones re-assembled before ...
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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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My bicycle's front derailleur rubs with my bicycle chain

My bicycle's gears are 3x7 when i keep it on 2x1,2x2,2x3,2x4,3x1,3x2 or 3x3 my bicycle's chain rubs with my front derailleur on the left side. Is it normal ? if not then how can i fix that?
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How to immerse wax a chain?

What is the best way to wax a chain using the immersion waxing technique? I did some research and am attracted to the benefits of waxing my chain. I bought a few new chains to try it out but am ...
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Strategy for waxing (reinstaling) 12 speed chains

I'm curious about chain waxing and prolonging my drivetrain life, plus efficiencies, but have recently installed a 12 speed road groupset (Shimano). I assumed I would use reusable links to re-install ...
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Weird noise when pedalling

I noticed a weird noise when pedalling. I had my road bike with me when traveling (airplane), and I just came back from a trip. I only had to take the wheels off when packing it. Once I assembled the ...
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Old chain and crankset, I can't replace the crankset yet, should I replace just the chain?

I have a racing bike that is riding very smoothly without problems. Recently I bought a few SRAM chains on sale with the idea of rotating them a few times under the same crankset before they get too ...
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Why does my crank go in reverse and my chain drop when I am not on the bike?

I have a problem of my chain dropping. What happens is when we stop and I unclip from the pedals, the crank rotates in reverse and the chain drops. I am in the large chain ring when this happens. ...
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Chain with master link / quick connect link doesn't clear rear derailleur

Bought a chain with a master link (packaging said quick connect link), it looks just like this: This bit however won't fit cleanly through my derailleur, it snags on the wall right as it goes onto ...
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10 speed chain skipping on 9 speed cassette

I have recently replaced a 9 speed chain with a 10 speed one on a 9 speed cassette. I read this is compatible. Shifting is fine and quieter but it is now jumping on the smaller cogs 6-9. Is this a ...
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New chain periodically rides the gear teeth

I have a Dahon eezz D3 which I recently changed the chain. When I did the test riding, I felt that the pedal some how skipped or jump, more frequently on the lower gears (I believe that it happened ...
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Chain wear due to standing while pedaling

Does standing up while pedaling increase chain wear (lengthen chain) faster than pedaling while seated?
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How do I re-insert a chain pin that has been pushed completely out?

While breaking the chain, I pushed the pin too far and pushed it out completely. Now the chain is too short. How do I re-insert this pin, or should I look for other options.
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Will this chain work on my bike?

I've bought the Shimano HG40 chain which is advertised as a 5,6,7 and I think 8 speed chain. I've just received it and it also says 15,18,21,24. (Obviously including the front gears). My bike is a 2x6 ...
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Shimano 7-speed chain - upgrading for more durability

I have a modest commuter bike with Shimano 3x7-speed Tourney gruppo on and I ride quite a few miles on it. Compared to my 105 11-speed road bike, I noticed that chains don't quite last as long ... on ...
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How do you connect and disconnect a quick release chain link?

I can't find any nice video or pictures tutorial that explains how to connect and disconnect a quick release chain link. Am I not finding anything because it has another more common name? How do you ...
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How to connect quick link for 6/7/8 gears Shimano chain?

I recently ordered a new chain and I am having trouble connecting the quick link, which I also ordered (first time doing it). It seems the pin of the quick link won't stick out far enough to be able ...
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Ultrasonic cleaner advice, for cleaning chains before waxing

I'd like to avoid solvents, or use less solvents when I re-wax my chain. Are there any features I need to have in an ultrasonic cleaner? I've seen unheated 700mL cleaners for ~$30 USD and 2 to 3L ...
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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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What is this complete bicycle chain guard or chain protector in the photo?

What is this complete bicycle chain guard or chain protector in the photo? It has a 3 mpb printed on it. Who makes or sells it? From How does a chain get filthy and how can you stop it from getting ...
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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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Chain lubes: Spray vs. Quick Applicators

Is a spray faster and easier to use than a felt roller (generic Lubri-disc) or a pad type applicator (No-Drip from Finish Line or No-Mess from White Lightning)? Refillable multipurpose aerosol can ...
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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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I took my back wheel off and chain will NOT go back on

I took my back wheel off of my back to change the tube, when I put it back on i realized the chain wasn’t going back on the pedal, it’s very hard to explain it but it looks like a part of the chain is ...
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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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Is there any reason why my 21-speed bike has 118 chain links?

I got a second-hand bike some time ago. It's a Zündapp Silver 2.0 with a 7-gear freewheel (Shimano MF-TZ21). Recently, the chain (probably KMC 1/2 x 3/32) has worn down enough to warrant changing. So ...
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How do half link chains perform for long term use?

I was wondering if there is anyone with a Rohloff hub riding using a half link chain for its longevity. OK, the hub isn't essential it's just a single speed chain, so experience from anyone who rides ...
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How to achieve an always clean chain

My chain and cogs always look very dirty as the oil attracts dirt. It is a constant problem as you can't fully avoid stains on your trousers and hands. Also, that looks ugly and I believe it wears the ...
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How can I clean sand off my bike chain?

I recently went for a ride in the forest. Sections of sand were encountered during that ride and I can clearly see sand sticking to my bike chain now. How can I clean the sand off effectively? There ...
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Chain type and chain alignment for a fixie single speed

I've got a 10-year old bike I'm trying to revive. It was a single speed that I converted to a fixie. I'm anticipating just casual riding on flat ground. It has an old-school looking Shimano SGX 46t ...
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Chain rubs on a bigger cog on the cassette. Wrong spacing?

my kids mtb on the smallest cassette cog the chain rubs on the next bigger cog creating a harshness while using this smallest cog. I was looking at it and the spacing between the two smallest gears ...
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Chain / Chain wheel: D type vs sealed type

I have spent a good 30 minutes on this site but couldn't find anything pointing a clear idea. I bought a 26 inch, Dual suspension bike. It has a chainwheel of "sealed type." I asked the ...
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Will a Shimano Deore 11 speed chain work on a SRAM NX 11 speed drivetrain?

I went to a bike shop today and got a complete service and new chain. When I looked at the tax invoice, it said it was a Shimano Deore 11 speed chain, however I have SRAM NX 11 speed drive train. I ...
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2020 Huffy Arlington Adult Trike clicking noise from rear axle in dual chain Trike

While pedaling or spinning the left or right rear wheels there is a clicking sound like something is skipping. It comes from the right rear wheel area. When spinning the left rear wheel the right rear ...
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New chain -no grinding , new cassette and chain -grinding

I've got a second hand bike. Doubt it ever had a chain replaced. Before I replaced the chain, it had an awful grinding sound. On replacement the machine worked perfectly and smoothly. (It's a Shimano ...
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Chain drops when shifting up a gear at the front?

I've just gotten a new bike and run into a problem. When shifting from a smaller cog to a bigger one in the front gears, the chain consistently drops. The problem happens regardless of whether I'm on ...
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Does a magic link or Powerlink require removal a regular chain link first?

Pulled a Shimano Ultegra chain off my bike for cleaning and noticed the mechanic had installed it with a pin and not a magic link. Because I have a magic link handy (and, if I'm honest, because I ...
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SRAM quick link reuse

Sram says that their quick links should only be used once. I've installed new chains, had to shorten them and have broken the link more than once doing so. I've also continued to reuse them when ...
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I put my bike on the bus and now the chain can't stay on

I've never had an issue with my chain falling off until today. I put my bike in the bike holder in front of the drivers window. Perhaps something got knocked or moved? I could have a dirty cassette or ...
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Shimano LinkGlide (durable range) cassette/chain compatibility with non-LinkGlide derailleur

I've seen that the Shimano LinkGlide range starts to be available in shops. LinkGlide is a new sub-range (flat handle bar, Deore and XT) that emphasizes on durability, meant for e-bikes and commuters. ...
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How does paraffin chain wax perform in winter conditions (snow, road salt, -20° C)?

I’m interested I switching to paraffin chain wax or a wax product like Molten Speed Wax. But I’ve got concerns about how it might perform in winter where I live in Calgary, Alberta. It’s supposed to ...
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Can I use a chain gobbler on my kettwiesel trike to accommodate shorter and taller Riders as I move the boom in and out?

My kettwiesel 2006 trike is set up from the factory to use a shorter chain or a longer chain depending upon the riders height and is shipped that way from the factory. An option from the factory is a ...
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Luna eclipse 42T chain ring and Shimano Linkglide is there a chain that fits both?

My cargo e-bike has a Luna Eclipse 42T chainring with a narrow-wide pattern. Lunacycles states the chainring will work with any 8, 9 or 10 speed chain and that an 11 or 12 speed chain will not work. I ...
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Assembling cut off brand new chain links into one single chain

Would it be possible and viable to store the cut off links in every chain replacement and eventually link those together with a bunch of quick links to form a new chain?
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Moving from Shimano 9- to Shimano 10- speed

I'm thinking of changing the 9-speed Tiagra rear mech on one of my (road) bikes to something, still Shimano, but 10-speed. The obvious replacements I'll need are cassette, right-shifter and chain. But ...
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GRX 2x11 - what causes the chain to bounce significantly when shifting the cassette into a higher gear (smaller sprocket)?

I recently set up a new gravel bike with all new components, including a 2x11 GRX DI2 drivetrain. 31/48 and 11-36t. It has ridden under 600 miles and only seen rain once. It is accident free and has ...
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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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Chain repeatedly slips on rear cogs to next higher gear...and sometimes back and forth. What to adjust?

EDIT: Just to be clear, everything has worked fine with the bike and the Kickr up until a few weeks ago (that is, for about six months the combo has worked fine). So something's gone a bit out of ...

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