- 1 How much does it cost to buy a bike chain?
- 2 What is the best bike chain to buy?
- 3 Do I need a specific chain for my bike?
- 4 Are cheap bike chains any good?
- 5 How often should a bike chain be replaced?
- 6 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 7 Are all bike chains equal?
- 8 What size bike chain do I need single speed?
- 9 Can you fit a chain guide to any bike?
- 10 Are 6 7 8 speed chains the same?
- 11 Are KMC chains better than Shimano?
- 12 What does 11 speed chain mean?
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.
What is the best bike chain to buy?
Best Bike Chains
- KMC X8. 99 BICYCLE CHAIN. KMC X8.99 BICYCLE CHAIN.
- KMC Z50 BICYCLE CHAIN. No products found.
- SHIMANO ULTEGRA CN-6701 CHAIN. Sale.
- Shimano XT 10-Speed Chain CN-HG95. Sale.
- Zonkie 6/7/8 Speed Bike Chain. This bike chain is very easy to install.
Do I need a specific chain for my bike?
Because the distances between the sprockets vary on different ‘speed’ cassettes (e.g. the gap will be wider on a 9-speed block than on an 11-speed), you need a chain that fits. A chain for an 11-speed transmission will be narrower than one for a 9-speed, etc.
Are cheap bike chains any good?
A pure cost vs distance analysis points toward SRAM’s cheaper chains being better value in the long run. But just be warned that they’re only better value if you keep a close check on the more rapid chain wear and replace before they cause elongation wear on the cogs.
How often should a bike chain be replaced?
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. 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.
Are all bike chains equal?
All modern bicycle chains are made to the “one-half inch pitch” standard, meaning from rivet to rivet is nominally 0.5 inches. The sprocket teeth are cut for this same one-half inch standard to accept bicycle chains. However, this does not mean all makes and models of chains are interchangeable.
What size bike chain do I need single speed?
1/8″ chains are used exclusively for single speed setups. In addition to the other answers, I found it helpful to read that the nominal width of a chain (1/8 or 3/32) actually refers to the width of the sprocket.
Can you fit a chain guide to any bike?
It’s very easy to install, you don’t need to remove your cranks and it has spacers to adapt to almost any size bike. Yes still run a chain guide. I run a OneUp chain guide with bash guard.
Are 6 7 8 speed chains the same?
5, 6, 7 and 8 speed chains Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo all use the same chain with 8 speeds. Chain for 7 speeds is a bit wider – 7.3 mm, while a 6 speed one is substantially wider – 7.8 mm.
Are KMC chains better than Shimano?
The difference between the Shimano chain and the KMC is marginal; your choice will always come to personal preference. Despite the inconvenience of adjusting the chain, the Shimano runs a lot smoother and will provide you with long-lasting use.
What does 11 speed chain mean?
Chains for 11-speed systems are around 5.4mm wide on the outside, vs. around 5.9mm wide for 10-speed ones, so that’s 0.25mm narrower from the center of the cog tooth to the end of the chain pin on each side.