- 1 How do I know what size chain my bike needs?
- 2 Are bike chains a standard size?
- 3 What replacement chain do I need for my bike?
- 4 How do I know my chain size?
- 5 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 6 How often should I lube my bike chain?
- 7 Why does my bike chain slip when I pedal hard?
- 8 How many miles does a bike chain last?
- 9 Is my bike chain too short?
How do I know what size chain my bike needs?
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 bike chains a standard size?
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 replacement chain do I need for my bike?
A reading of 0.5 to 0.75 means you should replace your chain. A reading of 0.75 or higher means you not only need to replace your chain, but you should also check the condition of your cassette and chainrings to see if the stretched chain has caused excessive wear to these parts.
How do I know my chain size?
To measure the chain size, if you have just the sprocket, use calipers to measure between the teeth. Measure from center to center of where the chain roller would set between the teeth that will give you the pitch. Once you know the pitch you can determine what chain size you would need.
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 often should I lube my bike chain?
Bicycle Tutor recommends cleaning and lubricating your bike’s drive chain at least once every month to maintain optimal performance and protection. The chain and drivetrain are typically the dirtiest parts of your bike, and this dirt is bad news for bike longevity and performance.
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.
How many miles does a bike chain last?
Expect between 1,500 and 3,000 miles from a 10-speed chain. It helps to establish what counts as ‘worn out’. A chain is worn enough to affect transmission efficiency when it lengthens by 0.75% but has some life left if extended mileage is the aim, in which case it should ideally be replaced when it lengthens by 1%.
Is my bike chain too short?
If the chain is too short, this shift is difficult to make and the derailleur cage is stretched out and almost parallel to the chainstay. If the chain is really short, then you might not even be able to shift into the largest cog. Before you remove the chain, make sure it’s on the small chainring and smallest cog.