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Chain slipping on brand new bike, bike shop is stumped

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Asked by: Lloyd Patton

Why does my new bike chain keep slipping?

Gear indexing issues



One of the most common reasons for a skipping chain is simply a drivetrain that needs a simple indexing adjustment. This is so common that even many brand new bikes can exhibit these symptoms. The good news is that this is probably the simplest to diagnose and fix of all potential issues.

Why does my chain slip under pressure?

Other problems associated with a worn drive train are bushings coming out of the chain, bent cog or chain ring teeth, and individual teeth breaking off of cogs or chain rings. All of these problems can cause a chain to skip while under pressure.

Why does my bike chain slip when I pedal hard?

Most of the time, a skipping chain is caused by cable stretch. In the first half dozen rides on a new bike, your shift cables stretch the most. They can also stretch over time as you ride. Hippley explains, “It takes cable tension to open a derailleur, which shifts your chain between gears.

How do you fix a chain that skips?

The most typical recommendation for fixing a skipping chain is to add tension to the rear derailleur. However, there may be times when you have to either shorten the chain by removing a link or swapping out the shifter cable altogether. It’s also possible that the cable is too tight.

How do you fix a slipped bike chain?

Turn the pedals with your hand while lifting the rear wheel to realign the chain (as in Step 2). Bike chains are very greasy and your hands will get messy. Use a pair of latex gloves, if available, or use a twig or leaf if you can. This step may take several attempts, but it will work eventually.

Why does my chain slip when I pedal backwards?

Stiff links in a chain can cause it to fall off the chainwheel when pedaling backwards because they are not moving as smoothly as they should be. The chain mechanisms on a bike need to run like a well-oiled machine. The movement of the chain needs to be smooth and any stiff links can disrupt this.

How do you check bike chain tension?

Quote from video: So straight away that gives me a little window in the top of the tool here which gives me a reading it says point two five at the moment which is as I would expect this is a very new bike.

Can wd40 be used on bike chains?

WD-40 is a great bike chain lube water based lubricant and will not only lubricate the chain well, but will also keep it rust and corrosion free.

How do you fix a slipped chain on a single speed bike?

Quote from video: Sometimes the chain sticks here between the chain ring and the bottom bracket chain loose by just pulling on it and lifting it out.

Why do chains slip from Sprockets?

Chain Slipping Off The Sprocket Print



Worn out sprocket. Using new chain with an old sprocket. Using a new sprocket with a worn out chain. Exit end sprocket not properly aligned.