- 1 Can I fix my own bike chain?
- 2 How much does a chain tool cost?
- 3 Can you relink a bike chain?
- 4 Why does my bike chain slip when I pedal hard?
- 5 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 6 How much does it cost to replace a bike chain?
- 7 Why has my bike chain snapped?
- 8 How do you break a chain link without a tool?
- 9 How much does a good bike lock cost?
- 10 How do I know my bike chain size?
Can I fix my own bike chain?
Unless you do a lot of mountain biking, it isn’t often that you’ll need to repair or change your bike chain. However, chains do break now and then, and being able to fix one on the street is no harder than fixing a flat tire if you are prepared. To fix a broken chain, all you need is a chain tool.
How much does a chain tool cost?
Most shops charge $15 to $20 to install a chain or you can purchase a chain tool for $10 to $50 and learn to do it yourself. Having a chain tool in your tool box is never a bad idea in any case.
Each link of a chain is held together by a steel pin / peg. With the chain tool (or a hammer) you can push out and push in the pins, allowing you to remove or attach links. Fixing a broken chain amounts to removing the broken link and re-attaching the remaining ends.
Why does my bike chain slip when I pedal hard?
Most of the time, a skipping chain is caused by cable stretch. In the first half dozen rides on a new bike your shift cables stretch the most. They can also stretch over time as you ride. Hippley explains, “It takes cable tension to open a derailleur, which shifts your chain between gears.
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.
How much does it cost to replace a bike chain?
Most bike shops will charge about $30 – $50 dollars depending on the bike shop, whether it’s a popular brand or a “mom & pop” shop. You may also want to take into consideration that the chain itself may cost $30 – $50 dollars but then the labor cost to replace this might run you an additional $10 dollars.
Why has my bike chain snapped?
Chains break for a host of reasons, but most common is wear. For example, if a chain has been ridden for 2500 miles, it will actually stretch out. Correspondingly, a ridden chain will be longer from link to link than a new chain. Combine all those factors, mix in one bad shift and you have a recipe for a broken chain.
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.
How much does a good bike lock cost?
Bike locks are a very reliable and relatively inexpensive way to secure a bike. A quick search of Amazon.com shows a good quality bike lock can be purchased for around $50.00 (less than 10 percent of the average cost of a good bicycle).
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.