When should I tension my bike chain?
The chain should be tight enough that it only allows you to move it up and down about half an inch. If there is no slack in the chain then it is too tight. And if there is too much slack then you need to tighten that chain.
Why is my bike chain loose?
A motorcycle chain that keeps getting loose is usually caused by the rear axle or chain tensioning bolts not being tight enough. It can also be cause by a new chain not being worn in enough, worn down sprocket teeth, having too tight of a tension, or having the wrong size of chain installed.
What happens if your bike chain is too loose?
The problem with a bike chain that is too long or is loose will cause the chain to slip off. And this will affect changing the gears cause the dérailleur does not have enough capacity to pick up the slack with the chain being too long.
Is my chain too loose?
Just to get started, put the chain in the middle chainring up front. Almost all your riding should be in the front middle ring. If its too hard to pedal, twist the right shifter towards you until its not. If its too easy to pedal (legs flailing too fast) twist it away from you until its not.
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.
Why is my chain so loose?
Your chain might simply be too old or can stretch over time. When this occurs you need to replace it. Consider that your loose chain also may be due to operator error. Exceeding the recommended gear range for the rear derailleur on your bike may lead to a droopy chain when you ride in these gears.
Why is my chain loose?
Chains often loosen when a bike does not have a derailleur. Derailleur is the gear changing mechanism towards the back of the bike. The derailleur helps to pull the chain and keep it tight. Bikes without a derailleur are single-speed bikes or fixies.