Contents

- 1 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 2 What size is a standard bicycle chain?
- 3 What size bike chain do I need single speed?
- 4 Are all bicycle chains the same size?
- 5 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 6 What is a bicycle chain link?
- 7 What is a 35 roller chain?
- 8 How strong is 35 chain?
- 9 Will a #40 chain fit a 35 sprocket?
- 10 How do I know what type of chain I need?
- 11 Can I use an 8 speed chain on a single speed bike?

## How do I know my bike chain size?

Add the multiplied chainstay length, the divided number of teeth for the chainring and rear sprocket, and add 1 (or 2.5 cm). The result is the ideal chain length for your bike. For example, you’d add 32.5, 13, 7 and 1 to get 53.5. The length of the chain should be 53.5 inches or 135.89 cm.

## What size is a standard bicycle chain?

All modern bicycle chains are made to the “one-half inch pitch” standard, meaning from rivet to rivet is nominally 0.5 inches. The sprocket teeth are cut for this same one-half inch standard to accept bicycle chains. However, this does not mean all makes and models of chains are interchangeable.

## What size bike chain do I need single speed?

1/8″ chains are used exclusively for single speed setups. In addition to the other answers, I found it helpful to read that the nominal width of a chain (1/8 or 3/32) actually refers to the width of the sprocket.

## Are all bicycle chains the same size?

Are all bicycle chains the same size? 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.

## 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

## What is a bicycle chain link?

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.

## What is a 35 roller chain?

#35 roller chain is the 2nd size in the ANSI B29. 1 roller chain sizes lineup. It utilizes a small form-factor for tight applications and is manufactured out of high-strength mild carbon steel for shock load and fatigue resistance.

## How strong is 35 chain?

The Premier Series 35 simplex chain offers an industry-leading high tensile strength of 2,430 LBS and a 560 LBS maximum working load.

## Will a #40 chain fit a 35 sprocket?

No. A #40 chain is 1/2″ between the pins and 5/16″ inside width. A #35 is 3/8″ between the pins and 3/16″ inside width. There is no way it will work.

## How do I know what type of chain I need?

However you can act earlier by using a chain measuring device to determine if your chain is beginning to wear – catch it quickly and you only need a new chain. An alternative, but less accurate, method is to measure the length of 12 links, which on a new chain should be exactly 12”.

## Can I use an 8 speed chain on a single speed bike?

Since single speed chain is by far the cheapest, there is no need to experiment with multi speed chains. However, 6 to 8 speed chains can fit some single speed bicycles – depending on the chainring width.