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Butters



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:34 pm    Post subject: New chain question Reply with quote

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?
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mr-marty-martin



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 Wink
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bry5



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

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badblood



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!
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Butters



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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matt.will



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butters wrote:
Just need a remover tool.

You'll need a chain whip too.
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mr-marty-martin



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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badblood



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!
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Butters



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave F wrote:
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 Razz.
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