- 1 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 2 How many links should a 8 speed chain have?
- 3 Are 8 and 9 speed chains the same?
- 4 Will a 10 speed chain work on a 8 speed cassette?
- 5 What size is standard bicycle chain?
- 6 Do I need to shorten my bike chain?
- 7 What does 9 speed chain mean?
- 8 Can I use a 9 speed chainring with an 8 speed chain?
- 9 Will a 9 speed crankset work with 8 speed?
- 10 Can I convert my 8 speed bike to 10 speed?
- 11 Is a 7 speed bike good enough?
How do I know my bike chain size?
Begin by counting the number of teeth on the largest front sprocket and largest rear. These numbers are often printed right on the sprockets and cogs. Next, measure the distance between the middle of the crank bolt to the rear axle. This is also the chain stay length.
Generally 6-7-8 speed chains are the same and 9 speed are thinner, more than 9 speed is a bit specialized. The length isn’t as important because you will usually have to shorten the chain to fit your bike. The standard chain is 114 pins ( 56 links ) but you almost never need to know this ( I had to look it up!).
Are 8 and 9 speed chains the same?
7, 8, and 9 speed chains have the same inner width, but 9 speed chains have thinner outer plates for a thinner overall chain. So while a 9 speed chain works fine on a 7 or 8 speed drivetrain, it will be a weaker chain that tends to “stretch” faster.
Will a 10 speed chain work on a 8 speed cassette?
A 10 speed chain should work on an 8-speed drivetrain. if you want 10 speeds, you will need a 10 speed-specific chain, cassette, derailleur and shifter (and a new cable while you’re at it).
What size is standard bicycle chain?
Chains come in 3⁄32 in (2.4 mm), 1⁄8 in (3.2 mm), 5⁄32 in (4.0 mm), or 3⁄16 in (4.8 mm) roller widths, the internal width between the inner plates. 1⁄8 in (3.2 mm) chains are typically used on bikes with a single rear sprocket: those with coaster brakes, hub gears, fixed gears such as track bicycles, or BMX bikes.
Do I need to shorten my bike chain?
Why Shorten a Bike Chain? All bikes come with a recommended bike chain length. It’s important to stick to this length if you want to ride comfortably and preserve the life of the rear derailleur. It’s the bike chain that does the work of getting the tires in rotation so that your bike can get in motion.
What does 9 speed chain mean?
When magazines and websites talk about a bike’s ‘speed’, it’s a reference to the number of sprockets. A bike with three chainrings and nine sprockets is 9-speed, even though it has 27 theoretical ratios. The higher the sprocket count, the more expensive, smoother shifting, and lighter weight the gears.
Can I use a 9 speed chainring with an 8 speed chain?
As long as your chain, cassette and shifters match in number of speeds you’ll be absolutely fine. 9 speed chainset will work with 8 speed everything else because the wider gap in the 8 speed chain will fit over the thinner teeth of the 9 speed chainset.
Will a 9 speed crankset work with 8 speed?
Yes, there are no complications with running a 9 speed crankset on an 8 speed drivetrain. Strictly speaking, one crankset will have been manufactured for an 8-speed chain, the other will have been manufactured for a 9-speed chain. That is basically the difference between the two.
Can I convert my 8 speed bike to 10 speed?
Answer: No you don’t need a new hub. However, you will probably need to put a small (~1mm) spacer at the back of the cassette, otherwise you won’t be able to tighten the whole cassette down.
Is a 7 speed bike good enough?
Every rider has his comfort level while riding, So to summarise, 7- speed is good enough on a bike. So a 7- speed bike provides the right number of speed gears with efficiency to ride on difficult terrains. As long as you are comfortable and happy with the 7- speed bike, the 7-speed will be enough for you.