- 1 How do you measure chain size?
- 2 How long should a bicycle chain be?
- 3 How do I set the size of a chain link?
- 4 How do you size a 12 speed chain?
- 5 How can I tell if my bike chain is stretched?
- 6 How many links do I need in my bike chain?
- 7 How do I know what speed my bike is?
- 8 Is my bike chain too short?
How do you measure 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 long should a bicycle chain be?
Using a ruler, a new chain should measure exactly 12 inches across 12 links, from middle of pin to middle of pin. The number most commonly agreed on for a worn chain is one percent elongation between links.
Chain Link Sizes: How to Measure Chain Link Sizes
- Pitch is measured by finding the distance from the center of one pin to the center of the next pin in line.
- Determine your side plate height and thickness by measuring both inside and outside the roller chain to ensure that you’re seeing a good average size.
How do you size a 12 speed chain?
Here’s the easy way to set the chain length:
- Keep the bike on the ground to prevent the rear wheel from spinning.
- Start wrapping the end of the new chain at the 9 o’clock position on the largest cog of the cassette.
- Wrap the new chain around your largest chainring on your crank (For 1x setups it’s your only chainring).
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.
Bicycle drive chain length A new bicycle chain usually comes with 116 links. This is long enough for the biggest chainrings and for most distances of rear wheel from front chainrings. So for optimal length a new chain is usually shortened from the 116 links that come in the box.
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.
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.