- 1 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 2 Do all bike chains have a master link?
- 3 What tool do I need to remove a bike chain?
- 4 How can I tell if my bike chain is stretched?
- 5 How do you break a chain link without a tool?
- 6 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 7 What kind of lube should I use on my bike chain?
How do I know my bike 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.
Do all bike chains have a master link? Nope, not all chains have master links. If your bicycle has derailleurs, it means it’s unlikely that your bike’s chain will have a master link.
What tool do I need to remove a bike chain?
Bike Chain Removal You will need other tools such as needle nose pliers and a hammer to remove the chain. Some bike chains have a master link. This is a removable link that is not fused like the others. If your chain has a master link, remove the link by twisting it off with a pair of needle nose pliers.
How can I tell if my bike chain is stretched?
Another ballpark method for checking chain wear is by measuring it with a ruler. Pick a rivet and line it up at the zero mark. Count 24 more rivets and your last rivet should be at the 12″ mark of your ruler. If it is off by more than 1/16″ your chain is stretched to the point of replacement.
In order to shorten the link without a chain tool, you need an alternative tool like a hammer, pliers or thin nail. They will assist you in pushing the pin easily. You can position the chain over a socket, and hit it with a hammer. Then, you can now pass the bolt all throughout the open holes.
How often should I change my bike chain?
The 2,000-Mile Rule. To avoid this accelerated wear of your cassette and chainrings, a general rule of thumb is to replace your bike’s chain every 2,000 miles. Mind you, this is just a starting point. No two chains will wear at exactly the same rate because no two riders treat their chains the same. 4
What kind of lube should I use on my bike chain?
Use a light, waterproof lube such as Boeshield T-9 Waterproof Lubricant. For wet-weather conditions, try Pedro’s Chainj. Never Use: Motor oil—it contains acids and particles of metal that can compromise a chain’s strength and cause it to wear more quickly.