Why is my cycle chain loose?
Your chain might simply be too old or can stretch over time. When this occurs you need to replace it. Consider that your loose chain also may be due to operator error. Exceeding the recommended gear range for the rear derailleur on your bike may lead to a droopy chain when you ride in these gears.
Why does my chain go loose when I stop pedaling?
If your chain is getting slack on top when you stop pedalling or backpedal, then the problem is in your freehub (or freewheel, whichever you have), a dirty freehub will cause all the problems you’ve listed, even on a brand new bike.
How do you prevent chain drop?
Try backing off your effort (but still pedaling) when shifting between chainrings. Another way to keep the chain from coming off the inside of the chainset is to use a chain catcher. A chain catcher is essentially an arm that acts as a barrier to the chain overshifting inwards.
How do I know if my bike chain is too loose?
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- IS IT TOO TIGHT?
- DERAILLEUR MOVES LESS THAN 1 INCH OR NOT AT ALL.
- REAR DERAILLEUR MOVES 1 INCH.
- IS IT TOO LOOSE?
- THERE’S TENSION IN THE CHAIN.
- YOUR CHAIN SAGS.
- IF YOUR CHAIN CAN’T PASS BOTH TESTS: Avoid these gear combinations–or replace cogs and chainrings. Your gearing’s in a funky gray area.
How do you fix ghost pedals?
The end result will be sporadic ghost pedaling when the bicycle is coasting. To fix this issue, you will have to replace the broken pawls, the freehub body, or the entire hub.