- 1 How many inches is a 116 link bicycle chain?
- 2 How long is a standard bicycle chain?
- 3 How long is a link on a bike chain?
- 4 How do you work out the length of chain between two sprockets?
- 5 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 6 Is my bike chain too short?
- 7 How many links should be in a single speed chain?
- 8 How many links are in a 9 speed bike chain?
- 9 What is a bicycle chain link?
- 10 How can I tell if my bike chain is stretched?
- 11 Are all bike chain links the same size?
One link is two pin-to-pin dimensions. Each pin is 1/2″ from its neighbor, so a full link is 1″ long. When they say the chain is 116 links, they are really saying there are 116 pins, for a chain length of 58 inches.
How long is a standard bicycle chain?
Narrower 3/32” chains are available for weight-shaving racers, as are more heavy-duty 3/16” chains, but for most riders the standard is fine. Chains are sold in standard lengths of 96, 98 or 112 links so you will need to use a chain tool to get it the right size for your drivetrain before installation.
Twenty half-links in a new chain measure 10 inches (254 mm), and replacement is recommended before the old chain measures 101⁄16 inches (256 mm) (0.7% wear). A more conservative limit is when 24 half-links in the old chain measure 121⁄16 inches (306 mm) (0.5% wear).
How do you work out the length of chain between two sprockets?
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.
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
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.
A new bicycle chain usually comes with 116 links. This is long enough for the biggest chainrings and for most distances of the rear wheel from the front chainring. So for optimal length, a new chain is usually shortened from the 116 links that come in the box.
Generally 6-7-8 speed chains are the same and 9 speed are thinner, more than 9 speed is a bit specialized. The length isn’t as important because you will usually have to shorten the chain to fit your bike. The standard chain is 114 pins ( 56 links ) but you almost never need to know this ( I had to look it up!).
The master link is a single removable link segment of a bicycle chain. You’ll hear people also refer to these as quick links. Also, SRAM’s version of the master link is called a Power Link. It is sold separately as well as typically included when you buy a SRAM chain.
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.
No, all bicycle chains are not the same size. Size varies on the bike’s numbers of sprockets, speeds, the distance between the front chainring and rear cogs, and the number of teeth on them.