- 1 How do I choose a link for my bike chain?
- 2 Do all bicycle chains have a master link?
- 3 Can you replace a bike chain link?
- 4 How much does a bike chain link cost?
- 5 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 6 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 7 How do you break a chain link without a tool?
- 8 How long does a bike chain last?
- 9 How much should a bicycle tune up cost?
- 10 How much does it cost to repair bike chain?
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.
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.
You will need a bicycle chain-tool which comes as part of most multi-tools, as well as a spare quick-link. It is perfectly okay, and in fact advisable, to leave the quick-link permanently fitted for the life of your chain. They can be difficult to remove by hand, so be mindful of this before connecting the chain.
How much does a bike chain cost to replace? Entry level chains can start off around $15.00 with more expensive and higher performance chains ranging from $25.00 to $60.00 or more. More expensive chains increase shift quality and are generally more durable as they wear.
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.
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
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 long does a bike chain 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 should a bicycle tune up cost?
Depending on your area, the average bike tune-up costs anywhere between $60 and $100. Most shops offer two options – A Minor/Basic Tune-up that costs $55 to $89 and a Major Tune-up that typically costs between $119 and $150. Cost often depends on the services included in the tune-up.
How much does it cost to repair bike 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.