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Problem with chain skipping without trying to shift (even with new chain and gears)

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Asked by: Darnell Jimenez

Why is my bike chain keep skipping?

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 is my new chain jumping?

Most of the time, the slipping of a new bike chain is caused by loose cables. The new shifting cables stretch a lot during the first few rides. The cables stretch way too far with time, and that’s when the problem arises, and your chain starts to slip between gears.

Why does my chain skip when I pedal hard?

So, why does my bike chain slip when I pedal hard? Your bike chain can be slipping or skipping for a number of reasons but the common reason for this is that the shift cable is stretched. There are a number of other reasons such as the chain being too long, or your derailleur may be damaged and needs to be replaced.

How do I stop my chain from jumping?

Quote from video: Now one of the most common causes is simple derailleur adjustment on modern derailers with index shifting. The pulleys in the cage. Here should line up with the cog that the chain is on.

How do you stop a ghost from shifting?

Quote from video: Make sure your derailleur is vertically in line with the cassette pulley wheels and parallel to the wheel. And bike frame. If this is not the case and this is out of alignment.

How do I stop my rear derailleur from skipping?

Quote from video: If your derailleur skips clicks or won't shift into some gears chances are that the hanger is bent or misaligned or your cable needs to be properly tensioned. Here's how to diagnose it look from the

Will a new chain Stop skipping?

Over time an old chain and cassette wear together, so you don’t notice the wear until it gets really bad. When you replace the chain while leaving the old cassette the tooth profile is no longer correct and the new chain will skip off of the teeth, especially under load.

Why is my chain skipping on the smallest cog?

Skipping, or climbing out of a cog under high torque, is often the result of sprocket wear. If you still have it, check your old chain for stretch as an indicator of possible sprocket wear. If it’s stretched over 1% there’s a good likelihood the cassette is worn too.

Why do my bike gears clunk when shifting?

In most cases, the bicycle clunks when shifting due to a loose part in the cassette, freewheel, or rear derailleur, it can be due to loose cables, and sometimes the front derailleur might be at fault.

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.

What does ghost shift mean?

Also known as the “midnight shift” or “third shift”, contractors hired by the brands will essentially make more products than they’re supposed to even after “official production” has finished, running the production machine off the books by having factory workers come back for an extra undocumented out of hours shift.

How do you shift gears without a clutch?

Quote from video: Without the clutch you're going to simply ease. Off the gas. Pull the gear selector into neutral. And then give it a little bit of gas you're going to want to sort of blip the throttle.

Why is my mountain bike ghost shifting?

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How do you put tension on a bike chain?

Quote from video: And your chain ring just gently pull on your rear axle. And to get some tension to it after you do that just tighten. The attract nuts.

What happens if motorcycle chain is loose?

Too tight, and the tension will restrict your power and force, effectively hindering your motion (and safety). Too loose, though, and you risk a chain jumping off a sprocket; a slapping chain has the potential to damage moto-parts (and rider-parts).

How do you tighten a motorcycle chain?

Quote from video: Then turn the adjuster a quarter turn at a time to shift the axle position and change the chain slack. There are of course adjusters.

Can a motorcycle chain slip?

A motorcycle chain that keeps getting loose is usually caused by the rear axle or chain tensioning bolts not being tight enough. It can also be cause by a new chain not being worn in enough, worn down sprocket teeth, having too tight of a tension, or having the wrong size of chain installed.

How do I know if my chain is too loose?

If it is too loose, the chain could skip or drop, and you can see it sag.



  1. while holding one end against the teeth of the chainring, pull the other end of the chain and wrap it around the cog;
  2. line up the end of the chain against an opposite link (inner and outer links), and then.
  3. add two rivets of chain length.