- 1 What is a half link for?
- 2 Where can I get a stiff link bike chain?
- 3 How much does a bike chain link cost?
- 4 Can you put a half link chain on a mountain bike?
- 5 How do you break a chain link without a tool?
- 6 What can I use instead of a chain tool?
- 7 What causes a stiff link bike chain?
- 8 How often should a bike chain be replaced?
- 9 What kind of lube should I use on my bike chain?
- 10 How do I know my bike chain size?
Essentially, half-links cut the change of rear-wheel placement in half when compared to full-links. As mentioned before, half-links allow you to fine-tune your rear wheel placement; This setting is tied to the overall feeling of the back end.
Find the Stiff Link To find the link, shift down to your smallest rear sprocket and then run the chain backwards through the derailleur by rotating your crank. Keep a close eye on your chain as it rolls over the lower derailleur pulley. When the stiff link passes through you’ll see it jump over the pulley.
How much does a bike chain cost to replace? Entry level chains can start off around $15.00 with more expensive and higher performance chains ranging from $25.00 to $60.00 or more. More expensive chains increase shift quality and are generally more durable as they wear.
Half link chains most commonly come in 1/8″ width for BMX and general single speed use. You can also get them in 3/32″ width for use with a mountain bike drivetrain, a lot of dirt jump mountain bikes run a mountain bike crankset with a 3/32″ chainring for example.
In order to shorten the link without a chain tool, you need an alternative tool like a hammer, pliers or thin nail. They will assist you in pushing the pin easily. You can position the chain over a socket, and hit it with a hammer. Then, you can now pass the bolt all throughout the open holes.
What can I use instead of a chain tool?
Removing a Chain Link Without Chain Breaker Tool
- A Hammer.
- A thin nail, or something that can hit the chain pin without getting stuck on the chainplates. A 2mm hex wrench can be used as well.
- You will need something that can withstand a beating but has a hole in it for the pin to pass through.
The thing that causes most stiff links is compressing the sideplates too tightly together, a natural result of using a chain tool that presses in the chain pin under great force to install the chain.
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
What kind of lube should I use on my bike chain?
Use a light, waterproof lube such as Boeshield T-9 Waterproof Lubricant. For wet-weather conditions, try Pedro’s Chainj. Never Use: Motor oil—it contains acids and particles of metal that can compromise a chain’s strength and cause it to wear more quickly.
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.