- 1 How do I know what chain to buy for my bike?
- 2 How much does it cost to buy a bike chain?
- 3 Does it matter what chain you put on a bike?
- 4 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 5 How long do bike chains last?
- 6 How much does it cost to fix bicycle chain?
- 7 How do I know my chain size?
- 8 How do I know if my bike is 10 or 11 speed?
- 9 How often should I lube my bike chain?
- 10 Why does my bike chain slip when I pedal hard?
How do I know what chain to buy for my bike?
When selecting a chain, the first consideration is the number of rear sprockets. The rear cog sets have been made with 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 sprockets. As the number of cogs on the rear hub increases, the spacing between cogs tends to be reduced.
How much does it cost to buy a bike chain?
A bike chain costs anywhere from $10 to $90 depending on the brand, quality, and type of bike you’re buying it for. Basic, cheaper bikes that need a simple chain will be closer to $10. Higher quality chains that are durable and made for top notch road bikes will cost $60 to $90.
Does it matter what chain you put on a bike?
The length and number of links doesn’t matter – as all chains are sold too long and you’ll need to remove some links to make it the correct length for your bike.
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
How long do bike chains last?
Replacing your chain regularly can prolong the life of your drivetrain. Most mechanics agree that you should replace your chain about every 2,000 to 3,000 miles, depending on your riding style. Many Tour De France riders wear out two or even three chains on their primary bike over the course of the three-week race.
How much does it cost to fix bicycle chain?
If you are not a handy person when it comes to servicing your bike, you may have to pay a visit to your local bike shop for a chain repair. Most bike shops will charge about $30 – $50 dollars depending on the bike shop, whether it’s a popular brand or a “mom & pop” shop.
How do I know my chain size?
To measure the chain size, if you have just the sprocket, use calipers to measure between the teeth. Measure from center to center of where the chain roller would set between the teeth that will give you the pitch. Once you know the pitch you can determine what chain size you would need.
How do I know if my bike is 10 or 11 speed?
Multiply the front gear number by the rear gear number to get the number of speeds. For example, if you have two front gears and five back gears, you have a 10-speed bike.
How often should I lube my bike chain?
Bicycle Tutor recommends cleaning and lubricating your bike’s drive chain at least once every month to maintain optimal performance and protection. The chain and drivetrain are typically the dirtiest parts of your bike, and this dirt is bad news for bike longevity and performance.
Why does my bike chain slip when I pedal hard?
Most of the time, a skipping chain is caused by cable stretch. In the first half dozen rides on a new bike your shift cables stretch the most. They can also stretch over time as you ride. Hippley explains, “It takes cable tension to open a derailleur, which shifts your chain between gears.