- 1 How do I know what chain to get for my bike?
- 2 What is a triple chain set?
- 3 What size chain do most bicycles use?
- 4 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 5 Can you use any crankset on a bike?
- 6 Are all cranksets compatible?
- 7 What crank length should I use?
- 8 How do I know my chain size?
- 9 How do I know if my bike is 10 or 11 speed?
- 10 How many miles should a chainring last?
- 11 Are Shimano and SRAM chains interchangeable?
- 12 How many miles should a cassette last?
How do I know what chain to get 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.
What is a triple chain set?
What is a triple chainset? A road triple chainset (the crank arms and chainrings combined) consists of three chainrings. The big (outer) ring typically has 50 teeth, the middle ring usually has 39 teeth and the small (inner) ring most commonly has 30 teeth, known as a 50/39/30 combination.
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.
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
Can you use any crankset on a bike?
In most cases three-and two-piece cranksets are compatible with the same bottom brackets so long as the axle is the same diameter. They are commonly used in conjunction with the mid-style bottom bracket standard. One-piece: This is where the axle and crank arms are a single piece of steel.
Are all cranksets compatible?
Crankset compatibility In general terms, most cranksets can be fitted to a variety of bottom bracket shells, though much of this compatibility depends upon the availability of suitable hardware (see next section). Any incompatibilities that do arise are often related to the length and/or diameter of the crank axle.
What crank length should I use?
‘The research evidence is clear: crank length makes no difference to power on the road – track is slightly different – unless you go as short as 80mm or as long as 320mm. And as a bike fitter and physiotherapist, I’ve never had a reason to go bigger.
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.
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 many miles should a chainring last?
A steady rider who stays on the big ring, keeps the drivetrain clean and doesn’t let the chain get too long before replacing it, and started with good quality components can get 60,000+ miles out of a chain ring.
Are Shimano and SRAM chains interchangeable?
Shimano and SRAM 11-speed chains are cross-compatible. If you have a Shimano 11-speed drivetrain, a SRAM chain will work fine and vice versa, however manufacturer’s recommend pairing your components for optimal performance.
How many miles should a cassette last?
Cassette lifespan can range between 4000 to 10000 miles, and this is affected by the cassette itself and maintenance frequency.