Rabu, 29 Juni 2011

BIke Chain

How and When to Replace Your Bike Chain

Executive Summary about Bike Chain by Freddy R Jhonson

How long should you change or replace your chain?

The rule of thumb is every 1,000 miles. Do not wait until it reaches 3,000 mileage or more.Delaying your chain replacements is never good idea because it could damage your sprockets (front gears) and cogs (rear gears).

How much do chains cost?

Typically, they only cost about $10 to $30. Immediately replace your chain if you suspect they are worn out.

How to check your chain properly?

The best way is using a ruler to measure the chain. How do you measure it? Measure the distance between the chain link rivets. You should be able to get a 12-inch measurement. If you get slightly more than 1 millimeter, then you know that there is a stretch already. Measure the distance between the chain link rivets. Replace the chain immediately with a new one.

What tools do you need for removing the chain?

In reality, you will be changing chains quite frequently if you are an avid cyclist. The more you cycle, the easier your chain wears out and stretch. A chain gauge is like ruler, where its 2 edges can be stuck into the chain. Therefore, you could easily measure the chain's length.

When inserting the chain gauge into the chain, the 2 edges of the gauge should be able to fit nicely inside. If you notice any gaps, then you know that the chain is stretched.

How to Clean and Lubricate Your Bike Chain

Understanding your bike chain

There are 3 parts of the chains, namely the inner plate, chain pin and outer plate. The pin is responsible for attaching the inner and outer plates in place, forming a long chain.After prolonged usage, the chain will elongate. With higher elongation, its lateral movements also increase (affecting gear shifting).

How to prolong your chain's life

You have to clean your bike chain regulary. Generally, mountain bikers will need to clean their chain more often. Switch gears so that the chain wraps the biggest gear in front (sprocket with most teeth). In most cases, the chain and sprocket is made from steel.

How and when you should lubricate your chain?

Lubrication can prevent rust and other dirt problems.But only lubricate a clean chain. There is no point in lubricating a dirty chain. Experienced riders like to lube their chain one night before heading out for rides.Position the lube on the inner side of the chain and pedal backwards slowly.

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