- 1 What is a 1/8 bike chain?
- 2 How do I know what size my bicycle chain is?
- 3 What number chain do bicycles use?
- 4 Are 7 and 8 speed chains the same?
- 5 What is the difference between 1 8 and 3/32 chain?
- 6 Are all bicycle chains the same pitch?
- 7 How is chain wear measured?
- 8 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 9 How do I find the master link on my bike chain?
- 10 Can I use a 9 speed derailleur on a 8 speed?
- 11 Will a 9 speed chain fit 8 speed?
- 12 Can I replace a 7 speed freewheel with an 8 speed?
What is a 1/8 bike chain?
1/8 ” (0.125″, 3.18 mm) chain is used on most single-speed bicycles, and bicycles with internal gearing. 3/32″ (0.094″, 2.30 mm) chain is used on derailer equipped bicycles that have more than 3 cogs at the rear. Even somewhat narrower chain, typically.
How do I know what size my bicycle chain is?
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.
What number chain do bicycles use?
The chain in use on modern bicycles has a 1⁄2 inch (12.7 mm) pitch, which is the distance from one pin center to another, ANSI standard #40, where the 4 in “#40” indicates the pitch of the chain in eighths of an inch; and is standard 606 (metric) #8, where the 8 indicates the pitch in sixteenths of an inch.
Are 7 and 8 speed chains the same?
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. That is why the reverse is not the case and a 7 speed chain and especially a 6 speed one will not work as well on an 8 speed system.
What is the difference between 1 8 and 3/32 chain?
Bicycle chain comes in two basic widths: 1/8″ chain is used on most single-speed bicycles, and bicycles with internal gearing. 3/32″ chain is used on derailer equipped bicycles that have more than 3 speeds.
Are all bicycle chains the same pitch?
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.
How is chain wear measured?
Another ballpark method for checking chain wear is by measuring it with a ruler. Pick a rivet and line it up at the zero mark. Count 24 more rivets and your last rivet should be at the 12″ mark of your ruler. If it is off by more than 1/16″ your chain is stretched to the point of replacement.
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
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.
Can I use a 9 speed derailleur on a 8 speed?
8 and 9-speed derailleurs have the same rear shift ratio but only when both models are made either by Shimano or SRAM. In consequence, a 9-speed derailleur can work just fine with an 8-speed cassette produced by the same brand. If the bicycle uses index shifting, the shifter will have to be designed for 8 speeds too.
Will a 9 speed chain fit 8 speed?
9 speed chain on an 8 speed cassette is just fine; it’s the wider 8 speed which won’t fit the sprocket spacing on a 9 speed cassette.
Can I replace a 7 speed freewheel with an 8 speed?
You can change to 8 speed, but a normal rear wheel for roadbikes will not fit directly into the frame because it’s 130 mm wide. Depends on the stiffness of the rear frame if it can be pushed together safely to 130 mm.