- 1 Are all bike chain pins the same size?
- 2 Are 7 and 8 speed chains the same?
- 3 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 4 What is the most common bike chain size?
- 5 What is chain pitch?
- 6 How do I know my roller chain size?
- 7 How is chain wear measured?
- 8 Can I replace a 7 speed freewheel with an 8 speed?
- 9 Will a 9 speed chain fit 8 speed?
- 10 Can I replace a 7 speed cassette with an 8 speed?
- 11 How do I know what speed my bike is?
Are all bike chain pins the same size?
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.
Are 7 and 8 speed chains the same?
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. That is why the reverse is not the case and a 7 speed chain and especially a 6 speed one will not work as well on an 8 speed system.
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 is the most common bike chain size?
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.
What is chain pitch?
Chain pitch is the size of the chain and is defined as the distance between any three consecutive rivets divided by two.
How do I know my roller chain size?
Roller Chain Identification Most roller chain has the size stamped right into the side plates. You may see something like “40”, “C2080H” or “10B” stamped in, which the industry number that represents the chain size. Old chains will most likely need to be cleaned in order to see the size.
How is chain wear measured?
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.
Can I replace a 7 speed freewheel with an 8 speed?
You can change to 8 speed, but a normal rear wheel for roadbikes will not fit directly into the frame because it’s 130 mm wide. Depends on the stiffness of the rear frame if it can be pushed together safely to 130 mm.
Will a 9 speed chain fit 8 speed?
9 speed chain on an 8 speed cassette is just fine; it’s the wider 8 speed which won’t fit the sprocket spacing on a 9 speed cassette.
Can I replace a 7 speed cassette with an 8 speed?
A seven speed cassette will fit on an 8 speed freehub with the use of a spacer.
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.