Broken Chain

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Sambu, 25 Apr 2010.

  1. Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    Went for a little spin last night to stretch my legs after a day in the library. Just as i was turning into my road my chain ping'd off! snapped in half. im planning to go up to Edin BIke Coop on monday afternoon to get a new one fitted. My question, is there anyting i need to know about what i get put on? i know they'll know what there doing but im a bit in the dark about chains lol.

    Cheers
     
  2. Sam Kennedy

    Sam Kennedy New Member

    Location:
    Newcastle
    You just need to know what speed chain to get, for example mine is 8-speed, just count how many sprockets you have at the back, and that is what speed chain you will need.

    There is probably more to it, but that is pretty much the simplest way of choosing which chain you want.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    well that's a nine speed then, what difference in quality etc do you get with the price range in chains between sat £10 and £30?
     
  4. bigjim

    bigjim Guru

    Location:
    Manchester. UK
    You may need to change the cassette. A new chain is liable to start jumping around if the cassette has a few miles in it.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    Don't say that!! how much does a new cassette cost?
     
  6. amaferanga

    amaferanga Veteran

    Location:
    Bolton
    Unless your cassette is very worn then there's probably no need to change it. One cassette should do at least 2 or 3 chains provided you change your chain before its worn too much. Best thing to do (and this is what any good LBS should recommend) is to just replace the chain and see how you go. If it skips then your cassette is past it and you'll have to then change that as well.

    Best place to buy chains and cassettes is CRC. Cheaper than most other places.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    cheers il see what they say. it doesn't seem oo warn. whist browsing CRC i noticed a Cube Peloton in the 'SALE' reduced from £949 to.. wait for it... £948.99!!!!!! whats the deal lol?
     
  8. accountantpete

    accountantpete Legendary Member

    Per CRC it only weighs 1400g - bargain!

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?PartnerID=79&ModelID=30568

    Actually it has a 105 groupset and almost decent wheels which is a lot better than the 2010 £750 models.
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    i know but its reduced by 1p!!!!
     
  10. Davidc

    Davidc Guru

    Location:
    Somerset UK
    I used to measure chains with a ruler but recently bought a Park Tools chain wear tool which shows when the chain is 75% and 100% worn out and is a doddle to use.

    I've always replaced chains well before they're completely shot, and the rest of the transmission has never done less than 10000 miles, sometimes 5 or 6 chains.

    (I'm told that 9 & 10 speed kit doesn't last as well - I've never been over 8 speed)
     
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