The role of bike chain
is one of the most important parts of the mechanism that moves the bicycle
. It consists of a series of alternating wide and narrow chain links
. Each of the chain link consists of two sided plates connected with rivets or pins. Bike chain should be tightly tensed to add more efficiency. Maintenance of bike chains is very important and that means they should be inspected often carefully, cleaned and lubricated.
- Liquid lubricants are easy to use; it simply goes through the chain links. Bad news is that liquid will attract and stick a lot of dust and dirt.
- On the other hand, wax or Teflon lubricants use the evaporating solvent and so the chain stays clean much longer.
No matter which lubricant you choose you should keep in mind to clean the bike chains beforehand thoroughly, and also to dry it out after the lubricant penetrates trough the links.
Replacement of the bike chain
Nevertheless, bike chain is used to transfer force from central drive to back sprocket, during which it suffers a great deal of stress. It is a part that wears out relatively quickly and needs regular replacements. How quickly, though, will depend on the way you ride your bike and on the type of the bike - more often on an MTB bike
than on a road bike
. The general rule of thumb is that they need to be replaced every 2,000 miles in order to avoid serious damage to the cassette and chainrings
. Another way to determine the time for replacement is by observing and measuring the bike chain. If the chain length increases one or more percentages, it is the right time to do so. Also, always be aware that if you're going to buy a new one, it is necessary that the new chain has the same width and equivalent number of links as the old one, not the same length. You may need to use some bike tools
to disconnect the chain.
Take a look at our offer
At Velo Deals you will find a great offer of various bike chains, chain links and chain tools for your beloved bicycle.
If you have any questions in regards to purchasing your brand-new bike chain, feel free to contact us and we will be more than ready to assist you!