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Are Mountain Bike Chains Directional?

I’ve seen many guides on chains and their installation that don’t ever mention directional chains. So I thought that I should clarify some stuff about them so you can avoid getting into unnecessary problems with the wrong chain direction. Are mountain bike chains directional? Only some mountain bike chains are directional. Not every brand chose to make their MTB chains …

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How to Change a Bike Chain Without a Chain Tool

  I know how the costs add up when you have to take your bike to a local bike shop for every little repair. But actually, you don’t need to. There are plenty of simple repairs, and some of them can even be done without professional tools. One of the simplest repairs is changing or repairing a bicycle chain. Even …

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Can You Add Links to a Bike Chain?

  A bicycle chain is the single most maintenance requiring component. They wear out, stretch, bend, break, and a million other things, including improper length. Sometimes, the only thing that’s broken is a tiny part of the chain. The question is: Can You Add Links to a Bike Chain? Yes, you can. You need a chain tool and master link …

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Chainring Wobble – Why It Happens and How to Fix It?

The thing about chainring wobble is that it messes up with a lot of stuff on your bike. The first that comes to my mind is component damage. Chainring wobble means the chainring and the chain are moving left and right in correlation to the frame. The chain is catching sprockets at a weird angle, increasing wear on both. The …

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Chain Stuck Between Chainrings and Frame – Why It Happens and How to Fix?

There are many ways in which a chain can get stuck. Probably the most common one is chain getting stuck between chainrings and frame. For those that confuse chainrings with cogs, a chainring is a set of cogs on the crankset in bicycle terms. In recent times, chainrings and crankset became somewhat a synonym. Why a chain gets stuck between …

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Bike Chain Skips When Pedaling Hard:Tips and Solutions

Bicycle chains can skip over cogs for many reasons. It’s important to differentiate and find out how exactly the chain is skipping. This will save you a tremendous amount of time in finding a solution. Unfortunately, bike chain skipping brings too many possible problems and solutions with it, and just trying random solutions won’t lead you anywhere. However, the good …