Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Chain life

  1. #1
    '05 NUEser EJ123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    3,374
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Chain life

    Every few weeks or months my chain always ends up getting a tight or bent link. And buying chains can be a lot when added up all the ones I have to buy. I have probably gone through 4 since early december. Is this normal???
    My 02 4300 has the stock chain and I think it works better than the SRAM 8sp I have now. I guess the geo of my bruiser has an affect on it. Its so embarrasing pedaling and this big loud "chlink" skip happens. Oh well. I thought about buying a new 8sp sram chain for around 21 bucks on the interent instead of my bike stores 30 dollar price. Where can I get a cheap chain breaker from the internet too? I don't want to have to take the wheel off and stick it in the trunk of my moms car just to take it in

  2. #2
    You need a new bike supcom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    5,434
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Something is wrong. There is no reason for a chain links to bend or get tight through normal use. Assuming the chain is cleaned and lubricated on a regular basis, it should last at least a year of typical use.

  3. #3
    Senior Member vw addict's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    East coast
    My Bikes
    Specialized Tarmac Expert, Cannondale R700, Specialized Langster, Iron Horse Hollowpoint Team, Schwinn Homegrown
    Posts
    2,678
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    what are you talking about "take the wheel off"? The chain will be around the frame, the wheel comes right out. If you keep breaking chains just stockpile cheap ones, or stop breaking them.

  4. #4
    cab horn
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    1987 Bianchi Campione
    Posts
    28,295
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    1) Sram 8 speed chains with a masterlink are $8 off probikekit shipped
    2) Figure out what's causing these kinks

  5. #5
    Senior Member ken cummings's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    northern California
    My Bikes
    Bruce Gordon BLT, Cannondale parts bike, Ecodyne recumbent trike, Counterpoint Opus 2, miyata 1000
    Posts
    5,605
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When my cogs or chain rings get really worn I start having trouble with the chain. Are the teeth getting worn? Is the chain compatible with the gear system? Back before index shifting a Sedis chain could last several thousand miles. Each time you splice a chain do you twist the new join a bit so it will not be tight?
    This space open

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My Bikes
    '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
    Posts
    26,174
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You are doing something very wrong if you have gone through four chains in the last four months. Are you doing very rocky, muddy MTB rides and hitting the chain on obstructions? That's about the only way I can imaging damaging them that soon.

    On a road bike I get a year and 6000 miles out of a chain.

  7. #7
    kipuka explorer bkrownd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Hilo Town, East Hawai'i
    My Bikes
    1994 Trek 820, 2004 Fuji Absolute, 2005 Jamis Nova, 1977 Schwinn Scrambler 36/36
    Posts
    3,275
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You need to take this bike to a proper mechanic before you waste any more money on it.
    --
    -=- '05 Jamis Nova -=- '04 Fuji Absolute -=- '94 Trek 820 -=- '77 Schwinn Scrambler 36/36 -=-
    Friends don't let friends use brifters.

  8. #8
    Banned.
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    My Bikes
    84 Trek 660 Suntour Superbe; 87 Giant Rincon Shimano XT; 07 Mercian Vincitore Campy Veloce
    Posts
    4,766
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Your doing something wrong or your bike is.

    First off (and more then likely the reason for your problem), never put your bike chain while riding in the smallest chainring and have the rear in the last 2 smallest gears in the rear, nor the reverse, have your chain in the largest chainring and the be in the 2 rear tallest gears. If your doing that you are putting the chain in extreme angles thus stressing the chain more then it was designed to do, this is especially important with more gears the new school bikes have and really important on a triple setup.

    The second thing is your chainline may not be aligned properly and you may have to take it to a LBS to have that check; but I doubt that, I think your not using your gear selection right.

    Also make sure your keeping your chain clean and lubercated after every ride...but that's not the reason why your having the issues you mentioned, this will just preserve your chain longer under normal circumstances.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My Bikes
    '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
    Posts
    26,174
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Even habitual cross-chaining won't ruin a chain in a few weeks and the chainline would have to be 6" out to cause the problems he is describing. There is a problem more fundamental then these.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •