# FAQ: How To Make Bicycle Chain Longer?

## Can I make my bike chain longer?

Yes, you can add links to a bike chain, but you need to be careful that you have the right tools ( Chain Tool/Master Link Pliers) and correct methods. All bikes should be able to make this shift, and the derailleur should not appear stretched too tight.

## What if my bike chain is too short?

If the chain is too short, this shift is difficult to make and the derailleur cage is stretched out and almost parallel to the chainstay. If the chain is really short, then you might not even be able to shift into the largest cog. Before you remove the chain, make sure it’s on the small chainring and smallest cog.

## How do I know my chain size?

Begin by counting the number of teeth on the largest front sprocket and largest rear. These numbers are often printed right on the sprockets and cogs. Next, measure the distance between the middle of the crank bolt to the rear axle. This is also the chain stay length.

## Should I shorten bike chain?

1 Answer. ” Never run with a chain that is too short, except in an emergency.” (from Sheldon Brown’s Derailleur Adjustment page). If a short chain ends up on the big chainring and big sprocket at the same time, then the derailleur will probably get damaged.

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## Can I shorten my bike chain?

Conclusion. Bike chains can lengthen due to age and use, or you may buy one that’s too long. With a few tools, a bike stand and a little time you can remove extra links, shorten the chain and make your bike rideable once again.

## How do I set the size of a chain link?

1. Pitch is measured by finding the distance from the center of one pin to the center of the next pin in line.
2. Determine your side plate height and thickness by measuring both inside and outside the roller chain to ensure that you’re seeing a good average size.

## What size is standard bicycle chain?

Chains come in 3⁄32 in (2.4 mm), 1⁄8 in (3.2 mm), 5⁄32 in (4.0 mm), or 3⁄16 in (4.8 mm) roller widths, the internal width between the inner plates. 1⁄8 in (3.2 mm) chains are typically used on bikes with a single rear sprocket: those with coaster brakes, hub gears, fixed gears such as track bicycles, or BMX bikes.

## What happens if bicycle chain too long?

A chain that’s too long (loose) may cause dropped chains and/or inconsistent shifting — front and back shifting. A chain that’s too short (tight) can cause even bigger problems. BUT, things can go really bad … if it does shift and rips the derailleur off, damages the chain or bends gear teeth.

## What is chain master link?

A master link or quick-release link is a roller chain accessory that allows convenient connection and disconnection of a chain without the need for a chain tool. It acts as a set of the chain’s outer plates, so joining two sets of the chain’s inner plate ends. Such master links may or may not be re-usable.

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## How many links should a bike chain have?

A new bicycle chain usually comes with 116 links. This is long enough for the biggest chainrings and for most distances of rear wheel from front chainrings. So for optimal length a new chain is usually shortened from the 116 links that come in the box.