- 1 Is replacing a bike chain easy?
- 2 What tools do I need to change a bike chain?
- 3 Do all bike chains have a master link?
- 4 How do you take off a bike chain without the tool?
- 5 How often should I lube my bike chain?
- 6 How do I know what bicycle chain to buy?
- 7 How much does it cost to replace a bike chain?
- 8 How long should a bike chain last?
Is replacing a bike chain easy?
Cutting a new bike chain to the correct length for installation and removing a damaged link for an on-trail chain repair are essentially the same job. Make life easier by using a full-size tool at home, and save the compact tool for midride fixes. To start, you’ll need to pick up the right size chain for your bike. 4
What tools do I need to change a bike chain?
To replace your bike chain, you’ll need the following tools:
- A chain wear checker.
- A chain removal tool (Or a pair or quick link pliers)
- And a new bike chain.
- The chain wear checker.
Do all bike chains have a master link? Nope, not all chains have master links. If your bicycle has derailleurs, it means it’s unlikely that your bike’s chain will have a master link.
How do you take off a bike chain without the tool?
If your chain has a master link, remove the link by twisting it off with a pair of needle nose pliers. Press the nubs through to the other side to fully remove the link. You may need to use a hammer or wrench to tap the link so that it pops out allowing the chain to separate.
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.
How do I know what bicycle chain to buy?
When selecting a chain, the first consideration is the number of rear sprockets. The rear cog sets have been made with 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 sprockets. As the number of cogs on the rear hub increases, the spacing between cogs tends to be reduced.
How much does it cost to replace a bike chain?
Most bike shops will charge about $30 – $50 dollars depending on the bike shop, whether it’s a popular brand or a “mom & pop” shop. You may also want to take into consideration that the chain itself may cost $30 – $50 dollars but then the labor cost to replace this might run you an additional $10 dollars.
How long should a bike chain last?
Replacing your chain regularly can prolong the life of your drivetrain. Most mechanics agree that you should replace your chain about every 2,000 to 3,000 miles, depending on your riding style. Many Tour De France riders wear out two or even three chains on their primary bike over the course of the three-week race.