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     Butters updated 11 years, 7 months ago 6 Members · 13 Posts
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  • Butters

    Member
    17 December 2008 at 3:34 pm

    When putting a new chain on a bike, is there a certain way to do it? Eg, does the chain have to be on the largest chainrings om the cassette and crank?

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    17 December 2008 at 3:53 pm

    in terms of putting anew one on i think, just the same way you take it off

    although word of warning, its allways best to replace your rear cassette as the chain will jump if they dont ‘wear’ together, also reduce the life of the chain 😉

  • bry5

    Member
    17 December 2008 at 6:36 pm

    If you got a Sram with the powerlink then it doesn’t really matter, they are a doddle to put on.

    If you have a Shimano chain and are using a chain tool to force a pin through, your best putting the chain on the smallest rings so that you have the most play in the chain, usually best to have the bike upside down too, makes it a bit easier.

    In either case above, remember to thread the chain through the rear derailer the correct way, i have got it backwards before when not payign attention lol.

    Bry

  • badblood

    Member
    17 December 2008 at 6:53 pm

    IIRC put the chain on the biggest chainring and sproket (without running it through the mechs)and then add 2 links from where the chain ‘completes’ this should be the optimum chain length. Once you have removed the excess links, simply fit the chain as normal!

  • Butters

    Member
    17 December 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks badblood. Should have said I didn’t take the chain off, as I’m building the bike from scratch, so chain is brand new.

    Currently, cassette is second hand (8-speed), so will be slightly worn, but have a new 9-speed. Just need a remover tool, and hope the 9-speed fits the frame.

  • matt.will

    Member
    18 December 2008 at 8:40 am

    Just need a remover tool.

    You’ll need a chain whip too.

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    18 December 2008 at 4:39 pm

    you dont need a chain whip to put the cassette on, if thats all he’s doing atthis stage 😉

  • Butters

    Member
    19 December 2008 at 12:20 am

    I’ll ‘need’ a chain whip to take cassette off though. I’m gonna give it a go without one though, will save me a bit of money.

  • badblood

    Member
    19 December 2008 at 8:29 am

    where abouts are you based? I am sure i have a spare one kicking about

  • Butters

    Member
    19 December 2008 at 10:29 am

    I’m currently in York, but going home from uni to east kent on sunday.

  • badblood

    Member
    19 December 2008 at 7:26 pm

    ah, I am a bit further north than that, sorry.

  • Dave F

    Member
    19 December 2008 at 7:45 pm

    You shouldn’t need a chain-whip – wrap a teatowel around the cassette, stick a spanner on the socket and tap it with a mallet. Works every time!

  • Butters

    Member
    19 December 2008 at 8:29 pm

    You shouldn’t need a chain-whip – wrap a teatowel around the cassette, stick a spanner on the socket and tap it with a mallet. Works every time!

    That was my plan :P.

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