Quick Answer: What Chain Guide Do I Need?

Is chain guide necessary?

Why You Should Run a Chain Guide Mounting a chain guide on your mountain bike gives you an extra sense of security, hopefully ensuring that you won’t ever drop your chain. When you are flying through rough sections of trail, the chain will jump up and down and can sometimes work its way off the chainring.

How do you figure out what bike chain you need?

Begin by counting the number of teeth on the largest front sprocket and largest rear. These numbers are often printed right on the sprockets and cogs. Next, measure the distance between the middle of the crank bolt to the rear axle. This is also the chain stay length.

Can I ride without a chain guide?

I wouldn’t recommend riding without one. It’s function is to help prevent sticks from getting fed into the chain/rear sprocket which could result in a locked up rear tire or possibly even a broken chain.

Can I put a chain guide on my bike?

It’s very easy to install, you don’t need to remove your cranks and it has spacers to adapt to almost any size bike. Yes still run a chain guide. I run a OneUp chain guide with bash guard.

What is a chain stay?

What is the chainstay? The chainstay or “stays” = The pair of frame tubes that joins the bottom bracket shell to the rear axle holders (the slots the back wheel goes in). This means that the chain stays connect the bottom bracket (BB) to the center of the back wheel.

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How do I know my chain size?

To measure the chain size, if you have just the sprocket, use calipers to measure between the teeth. Measure from center to center of where the chain roller would set between the teeth that will give you the pitch. Once you know the pitch you can determine what chain size you would need.

Is a chain guard a legal requirement?

Yes. A chainguard is a legal requirement and according to the MOT testers manual needs to be ‘secure and not fouling any other parts’. Uncle Plod will be all over your bike if they catch you without one too.

What does a chain slider do?

Chain sliders are used to feed the chain onto the countershaft sprocket. They also work to reduce chain noise, as well as to protect the aluminum swingarm from damage. Without the front slider, the chain would smack the swingarm, causing excessive noise and damage.

What are chain guides used for?

Chain guides are typically used in conjunction with a bash guard, an alloy or polycarbonate plate that is fitted to the chainset in place of the largest chainring and which prevents rocks, logs and other trail or racetrack obstacles from damaging chainrings.

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