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The Ultimate Bicycle Chains Buying Guide

Did you know that a high-quality bicycle chain can easily last 3000 to 5000 km with correct maintenance and under the right conditions? And when you eventually have to replace them, there are many options in height and weight?

In short, we want to make the search a little more pleasant for you and therefore put a few highlights in the spotlight. For example, you could choose the Lynx Chain 1/2 X 3/32 6/7/8 Speed ​bicycle chain if you are looking for a bicycle chain for your MTB/ATB bicycle.

In contrast, the Chain kmc 11128 x11sl DLC 116l bicycle chain is characterized by no fewer than 114 links.

The Ultimate Bicycle Chains Buying Guide

Are your bicycle chains showing signs of wear or is the Chain cracking more and more when you pedal? Then it is high time to think about replacement.

Did you know that when choosing a bicycle chain, you should take into account the type of bicycle and gear and the length and weight of the Chain?

No? Then we recommend that you carefully read the buying guide below before comparing the different bicycle chains. We also think it is an excellent recommendation to pay attention to offers or promotions when comparing.

When Does the Bicycle Chain Need to Be Replaced?

The lifespan of a high-quality bicycle chain is estimated – at least in theory – at approximately 3000 to 5000 km. However, we are forced to make a small comment here since (external) factors can significantly affect the lifespan/durability.

We think of wear and tear, lack of proper maintenance, the type of surface you mainly drive on and/or certain weather conditions. Winter showers are often more harmful than a pleasant summer temperature.

If your bicycle chain has not yet reached 3000 km, but you regularly hear a cracking and squeaking noise, it is time to think about replacing it. Even if your bicycle chain is completely broken or no longer guarantees the necessary grip, replacement becomes a necessary evil!

Type about Width

Now that the search for a suitable bicycle chain can start, it is advisable to be aware of the different types. Yes, you heard it right; There are indeed several types of bicycle chains, so it is essential to consider the type of bicycle, the gears used, the width and the length.

For example, we can now choose from a wide range of bicycle chains, whereby the distinction is made based on width – invariably expressed in “speeds.”

The principle is quite simple and is based on the number of chainrings present on the cassette at the height of the rear wheel. The more chainrings – the ring on which the sprockets sit – the thinner the bicycle chain must ultimately be. Based on that, we can note various bicycle chains ranging from 1 to 12 speeds.

The most apparent bicycle chains are the 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9 speed chains with a width of 9 respectively; 7.8; 7.3; 7.1 and 6.6 to 6.8mm. In addition, the 10, 11 and 12 speed bicycle chains – with an even narrower width – also seem to be on the rise. Narrow bicycle chains are mainly found on derailleur bicycles such as racing bicycles and mountain bikes.

The Importance of Good Maintenance

Once a new, functional one has replaced the old bicycle chain, it is advisable to attach great importance to correct and effective maintenance.

Maintenance is, in fact, a silent guide to the sustainable and user-friendly existence of the bicycle chain. One more reason not to be too lax about it. That is the advice of many experts to make the bicycle chain completely clean and free of grease, preferably after every bicycle ride.

You can use one of the many characteristic chain cleaning agents for this. Pay close attention to each link and take your time to check the Chain thoroughly.

However, making the Chain clean and grease-free alone is not sufficient. After every bike ride, take care of other parts of your bike, such as the sprockets, the chainrings and the derailleur.

And if you want to go to the extreme, it is recommended to lubricate the Chain thoroughly afterward. Nowadays, there are already a lot of fixatives available in the form of a spray, which makes the application a lot easier and faster.

Additional Features, Options and Extras

Finally, we would like to draw attention to a few briefly – essential or not – points for attention that might add value. Nowadays, it is possible to opt for a full-fledged replacement set consisting of a solid bicycle chain, a cleaning agent and an additional spray to regrease the Chain after cleaning. Such sets are a good recommendation because they are often easy to take with you on the road.

In addition, you can also adjust the design of your bicycle chain – if desired. For example, bicycle chains nowadays do not only exist in anthracite, but you can also obtain them in silver or gold, which raises the overall picture to a higher level.

Please note; such extras will undoubtedly influence the final price tag of a bicycle chain. Although the purchase of decent bicycle chains does not have to mean a big bite out of the budget, the price can go up if you outsource the installation/replacement to third parties.

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