- 1 Are 7 and 8 speed chains the same?
- 2 Are 11 and 12 speed chains the same?
- 3 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 4 What is a 3/32 bike chain?
- 5 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 6 How do I know what speed my bike is?
- 7 What is the difference between bicycle chains?
- 8 What is the difference between 10 and 11 speed chain?
- 9 How can I tell if my bike chain is stretched?
- 10 What size bike chain do I need single speed?
- 11 How is chain measured?
- 12 Does chain length affect gear ratio?
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.
Are 11 and 12 speed chains the same?
12-speed chains can operate just fine with 11-speed cassettes. The main exception are Shimano’s new 12-speed HG+ models which are heavily optimized for downshifting and thus come with custom inner plates that don’t mix well with non-Shimano 12-speed components.
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.
What is a 3/32 bike chain?
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. 090″ or 2.29 mm between the inner plates, is used for derailer-equipped bicycles with 9 or more sprockets at the rear.
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 what speed my bike is?
Multiply the front gear number by the rear gear number to get the number of speeds. For example, if you have two front gears and five back gears, you have a 10-speed bike. If you have one front gear and three back gears, you have a 3-speed bike.
What is the difference between bicycle chains?
Chains can vary in side plate shape, sizing, and height. Differences can cause variations in shifting performance between brands and models. Additionally, chains will vary in the quality of steel used. Better chains that are more durable and longer lasting tend to have harder rivets.
What is the difference between 10 and 11 speed chain?
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.
How can I tell if my bike chain is stretched?
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.
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.
How is chain measured?
Anchor chain is measured in two primary ways – thickness of the metal in the link, and the length of the link. The most precise method is to use Vernier calipers, though with care a measuring tape can get a close enough estimate.
Does chain length affect gear ratio?
The size of the chainrings has a subtle effect on all gear ratios. In contrast, riders that can push bigger gears at a lower cadence are more likely to prefer bigger chainrings. However, there is more to the effect of chainring size on the gearing of the bike than simply maximising or minimising roll-out.