Frequent question: How do I know what bike chain to buy?

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.

What is the best bike chain to buy?

How We Picked

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SHIMANO ULTEGRA CN-6701 CHAIN Rating: 92/100 View Latest Deal →
KMC X8.99 BICYCLE CHAIN Rating: 83/100 View Latest Deal →
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KMC X10SL DLC BICYCLE CHAIN Rating: 78/100 View Latest Deal →

What size is a 420 chain?

What Size Chain Do I Need?

Standard Roller Chain Specifications & Strengths
Chain Size Chain Pitch Roller Diameter
#41 1/2″ 5/16″
#420 1/2″ 5/16″
#40 1/2″ 5/16″

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 expensive bike chains better?

No. The only advantage of expensive chains within a specific brand is the minor reduction in weight. The ones with extra plating do look nicer and provide some corrosion resistance, but it takes almost no effort to keep your chain rust free.

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How long should a bike chain last?

Replacing your chain regularly can prolong the life of your drivetrain. Most mechanics agree that you should replace your chain about every 2,000 to 3,000 miles, depending on your riding style. Many Tour De France riders wear out two or even three chains on their primary bike over the course of the three-week race.

How much does it cost to get a bike chain replaced?

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.

How do you break a chain link without a tool?

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.