How tight should a bicycle chain be?
It should be tight enough that it only allows you to move it up and down about one inch. If it is sagging or much looser than that, you need to tighten that chain up. Chains often loosen when a bike does not have a derailleur. The derailleur helps to pull the chain and keep it tight.
How do you tighten a bike chain with a derailleur?
How to adjust a rear derailleur and index your bike’s gears
- Set the limit screws. With the gear cable disconnected, gently pedal forwards until the chain drops onto the smallest sprocket.
- Tighten the cable.
- Adjust the cable tension.
- Shift it up.
- B-tension screw.
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.
What happens if bicycle chain is tight?
Finally, if your bike chain is too tight it can cause damage to your components like the sprockets on your bike. This can also reduce the life expectancy of the sprockets and the dérailleur. You can test the chain is tight enough by ensuring you can only move it about half an inch in either direction.
How do you increase chain tension on a mountain bike?
Raise the quick-release lever located in the middle of your rear wheel. Slide the wheel axle backward in the rear dropouts to increase the tension of the chain. Push the wheel axle forward in the rear dropouts to decrease the chain tension. Lower the quick-release lever after adjusting your chain tension.