- 1 Do all bike chains have a master link?
- 2 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 3 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 4 How much does it cost to get a bike chain replaced?
- 5 What type of lubricant is best for bike chains?
- 6 Why is my bike chain stiff?
- 7 How do I find my master link chain?
- 8 Do bike chains have a direction?
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.
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 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 much does it cost to get a bike chain replaced?
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.
What type of lubricant is best for bike chains?
Best bike chain lubes – our picks
- Rock N Roll Gold.
- Silca Super Secret Chain Lube.
- Green Oil Wet Lube.
- Finish Line Wet.
- CeramicSpeed UFO Ceramic lube.
- Tru Tension All Weather.
- Molten Speedwax. Wax chains take a bit of extra work, but are well worth the effort.
- Squirt chain lube. High-performance, wax-based lube.
Why is my bike chain stiff?
The thing that causes most stiff links is compressing the sideplates too tightly together, a natural result of using a chain tool that presses in the chain pin under great force to install the chain. The safe way to free a stiff link is to use a chain tool and push on both ends of the pin causing the stiff link.
To find the master link on your chain, mount your bike in a bike work stand. If you don’t have a work stand, flip the bike over so it rests on its handlebars and saddle. Stand on the drivetrain side of your bike so you’re able to look straight down on the chain.
Do bike chains have a direction?
Chain Routing Some chains are directional and any logos or printed letters should face out towards the mechanic on the drive side. The process for routing the chain is the same for either master link or connecting rivet chains, just make sure to lead with outer plates if using a connecting rivet chain.