- 1 How do I know what chain to buy for my bike?
- 2 Does it matter what chain you put on a bike?
- 3 What size chain do most bicycles use?
- 4 Are KMC chains better than Shimano?
- 5 How often should a bike chain be replaced?
- 6 How long do bike chains last?
- 7 How do I know if my bike is 10 or 11 speed?
- 8 How do I know my chain size?
- 9 Are 6 7 8 speed chains the same?
- 10 Are expensive bike chains worth it?
- 11 What is the strongest bike chain?
- 12 What is the lightest bike chain?
How do I know what chain to buy for my bike?
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.
Does it matter what chain you put on a bike?
The length and number of links doesn’t matter – as all chains are sold too long and you’ll need to remove some links to make it the correct length for your bike.
What size chain do most bicycles use?
The chain in use on modern bicycles has a 1⁄2 inch (12.7 mm) pitch, which is the distance from one pin center to another, ANSI standard #40, where the 4 in “#40” indicates the pitch of the chain in eighths of an inch; and is standard 606 (metric) #8, where the 8 indicates the pitch in sixteenths of an inch.
Are KMC chains better than Shimano?
The difference between the Shimano chain and the KMC is marginal; your choice will always come to personal preference. Despite the inconvenience of adjusting the chain, the Shimano runs a lot smoother and will provide you with long-lasting use.
How often should a bike chain be replaced?
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. 4
How long do bike chains 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.
How do I know if my bike is 10 or 11 speed?
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.
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.
Are 6 7 8 speed chains the same?
5, 6, 7 and 8 speed chains Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo all use the same chain with 8 speeds. Chain for 7 speeds is a bit wider – 7.3 mm, while a 6 speed one is substantially wider – 7.8 mm.
Are expensive bike chains worth it?
No. The only advantage of expensive chains within a specific brand is the minor reduction in weight. The ones with extra plating do look nicer and provide some corrosion resistance, but it takes almost no effort to keep your chain rust free.
What is the strongest bike chain?
The New York Noose is a 12mm six-sided chain made with 3T hardened manganese steel and is designed to put up a fight. It weighs 3.15kg, so it’s on the heavy side, but can still be used on the move. This makes the 1275 Noose the strongest portable bike chain.
What is the lightest bike chain?
Registered. The KMC X-10SL is the lightest chain I know of, but maybe there is something exotic out there that is lighter. The titanium chain mentioned above is claimed at 229gr for 108 links, the X-10SL is 240gr for 116 links.