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 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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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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New hub slipping when powering up?

I recently had my Giant Propel SLR serviced (including new chain, Cassette and a new Hub) as gears were beginning to slip. However after the service when I climb into top / hardest gear and put the ...
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Bicycle chain roller diameter size chart?

I'm digging for a while now, and can not find any helpful chart for chain roller diameters e.g. Shimano 8,9,10,11,12 speed. It differs of course depending on the manufacturer and the purpose. We know ...
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clicking chain on 3rd gear only

Shimano DI2 11 speed XTR on my gravel bike. The 3rd from smallest gear on the cassette makes a clicking sound. Any other gear its fine. Cassette and chain are fairly new. Have reindexed, checked ...
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Slight crackling sensation apparently due to the chain sticking to the cassette teeth

I've just assembled my bike, so it has hardly been ridden (less than 200km) and all the components are new. Everything works perfectly, except an unpleasant very slight crackling sensation when I ...
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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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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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Chain vs seatstay with a 50T Chainring - BMX frame

I plan to put a 50T chainring on my bmx but I am afraid to have an interference between the chain and the frame. Does anybody know what is the critical distance between the seatstay and the chain so ...
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Compatibility of Shimano Ultegra and Sora components

My road bike has an Ultegra groupset, but some parts need replacement (chainrings, chain, and cassette). The chain is worn out, the cassette is sliding with a new chain, and the chainset is also worn ...
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Adjusting road bike to Wahoo Kickr: is this chain noise from cross-chaining, or do I need to index the gears?

I've got an 8-speed Mérida road bike (that is, 2x8, 2 front, 8 rear) that I'm fitting to a 2020 (v5) Kickr that I just bought new. I am learning about some bike mechanic stuff that despite many years ...
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Chain creaks under pressure

Just adjusted my back derailleur and now the chain makes a loud creaking noise while under pressure. When on a repair stand the shifting is perfect but while biking it’s horrible and the sound & ...
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Schwinn Meridian Trike clicking

So I just bought a bike for my first time as an adult, yay! More specifically I got a Schwinn Meridian trike. Just got it together yesterday and it rides fine but when I ride it or roll it forward it ...
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Chain length with new derailleur

I bought a 8spd chain and am putting it on a 7spd bikes. I thought I could use either a seven speed or eight speed chain. But it looks like the chain is way too long should I take out some links if ...
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Old French Road Bike - Chain Size

I dusted off an old steel frame french road bike (circa 1980) and have been enjoying the summer riding so far. Unfortunately I managed to snap the chain on it. No big deal, put a measuring caliper on ...
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Mixing SRAM AXS and Eagle cassette

I know it's possible to put an Eagle 10-50 cassette on a road bike with a Sram Force AXS 1x groupset, as I rode a Santa Cruz Stigmata with this exact spec. My question is about running the Force 2x ...
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New chain and cassette makes cycling much more difficult

I had a new chain and cassette fitted yesterday. But today, hills which I could easily climb two days ago are now horrendously challenging. What was a pleasure has just become a nightmare. Why is this ...
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Will chain spray evaporate from its can when unused?

My bike chain cleaning spray has evaporated from its can while I stored it in my room after having closed it normally. I have used it only four times. Actually about a half of the bottle should be ...
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Schwinn sidewinder 21 gear slipping?

If rear tire is off the ground, the wheel will spin when pedaled. When wheel is on the ground the pedals will move the chain in any gear but will not move the rear wheel. The chain is not losing ...
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Focus Urban/Planet 8 torque settings?

These two bolts indicated by green arrows...what is the correct torque wrench setting please?
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Chain comes off full suspension 20" folding bike during casual rides- not derailleur issue

I have just acquired a like-new (ridden 3 times) 20" folding generic full suspension bike- front fork enclosed springs and rear coil spring/piston with tension adjustments by locking plate screw on ...
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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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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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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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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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Band New Front Gear Shift Issue

I brought a bike a few days ago and barely rode it. Every time I did I noticed that the chain would slip in the front gear going to a larger chainring, in this case it's gear 2. 'Funny thing is I took ...
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What kind of wax will prevent a bicycle chain from rusting after the bicycle is left in the rain?

I left my bicycle out in the rain. When I try to pedal the bicycle, the chain locks up. That is to say, the roller chain got rusty after iron (ferrium), water and oxegen mixed together. What kind of ...
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Bike chain making clicking noise when pedaling (both when pedaling hard and easy)

The bike is making a clicking noise when I sit on it and pedal. The problem is a lot less obvious when I put it up and try to spin the crank, but when I try to spin the crank with some resistance ...
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can't stop pedaling or chain drops down

Managed to unstick derailer. But can't stop pedaling or chain drops down.So when trying to stop bike. have to take feet off pedal to not catch chain
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Fixing up a rusty old Rallye mountain bike

I bought a Rallye mountain bike from Facebook Marketplace last year and did most of the major overhauling then as well. It was covered in mud, gunk, rust, had broken pedals, etc. So I had replaced the ...
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Possible drivetrain problem?

I recently bought a bike and upon riding it and coasting for a relatively short time I heard a noise that sounded like the chain sort of clicking louder than the freewheel, then eventually the chain ...
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Bicycle pedaling resistance on single speed e-bike

Recently, I've bought an ebike that is about 2 months old now, I've maybe gotten 100-150 miles off of it as a daily commuter. When I pedal, it would have a lot of opposing force or friction, and ...
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Chain jumps up and down when freewheeling and back cog moves back and forward on my new bike

The chain jumps up and down when freewheeling. The chain sometimes jumps off the front cog. The cause it seems comes from the back cog going backwards and forward continually when I am freewheeling.
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Not a Question, a solution to slight skip on chain

This is a very small fix for a very few bikes on the road... I was looking online for a solution to the very slight skipping when pedalling my S S Marin Muirwoods 1996 Road conversion. Obviously, it's ...
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