What is this part?
These are quick-release links consisting of two plates. Thanks to its design, it becomes much easier to open and close the links of the bike. When purchasing a lock, you should pay attention to what is written on the package. As a rule, it contains the most important information that will help in the further use of the castle. Particular attention must be paid to how many speeds this lock is suitable for. Most likely, more than one indicator will be indicated there, which is beneficial for users.
How to put a chain back on
How to use?
Before proceeding with the installation of the lock, you need to check if there is already another lock on it, which came directly with the kit when buying a bicycle. Finding a lock is usually easy, since the name of the manufacturer will be stamped on it. Whether to install it or not is everyone’s choice. But if there is a need to often remove the links, then the lock in this case will be useful. To install the lock, half of the link must be removed to make room for it. In order to carefully do this and not damage the links, you must use a tool called a squeeze. The removed pair of outer links can be thrown away and replaced with lock plates. After the performed operation, it is necessary to fasten the lock. To do this, you need to stretch the chain until a click appears. If you suddenly need to remove this part, then it will be enough to bend the chain and slide the hole until it opens.
It should also be noted that not every lock will be easy to push apart by hand, so additional force and the appropriate tool may be required to remove it. For safety reasons, do not install the lock from an old chain. It will be better if this detail is individual for each vehicle, because at the most inopportune moment it can fail, because was sharpened to fit the previous chain.
Why do I need a bike chain lock?
When using a bicycle, unforeseen situations can often occur, one of which is the need to disconnect the links on the bicycle chain. There are quite a few tools available to help you do this, but the simplest tools are bike locks. So, perhaps it’s time to figure out how you can disconnect the chain with a lock.
First of all, it should be noted that the lock is selected depending on the number of speeds. Also, the choice of the lock is greatly simplified by the fact that the same option is suitable for six, seven and eight speeds. Therefore, if there are several bicycles available, and the number of their speeds coincides with the above, then you do not have to buy several locks. The same can be said for chain manufacturers. If the number of speeds on bicycles is the same, but the manufacturers’ models are different, then there is nothing wrong with that, the lock is suitable for all of them, since the chains are usually identical.
Disadvantages of using
Like any other bike part, the lock has its drawbacks. And the most important, perhaps, is strength. Since it can be disassembled in two, it automatically becomes less reliable than conventional chain links. This raises the risk that the chain is likely to break exactly where it is installed. But do not worry about this, because this happens extremely rarely and after long-term use.
Of course, a chain lock is a very handy thing. With it, you can easily disassemble and assemble the chain so that you can easily remove it from the bike and then install it. If you install a new copy, then it will last much longer and will not be life-threatening. That is, having installed a new one, you can not be afraid that it will burst at the most inopportune moment. Also, do not forget about the sizes that are suitable for this or that option. In some cases, the same spare part may be suitable for different sizes.
How to put a chain on a speed bike forward
Using the trim function
Some road bikes are equipped with a front derailleur with a “trim” function. The pad allows minor adjustments to the front derailleur to eliminate chain friction, but not cause a complete changeover to a different chain ring. This feature will come in handy when approaching the “cross chain” positions mentioned above.
So, if you are in the largest chain ring and start to shift to the large barbs on the cassette with your right hand, you may start to hear a grinding noise, which indicates that your chain is rubbing against the front derailleur. You can flick the small lever with your left hand once. to move the front derailleur slightly to match this chain position. Likewise, if you are in the smallest chain ring and start to shift to the smaller prongs on the cassette and begin to notice a grinding noise, you can move the switch slightly by pressing the larger lever once with your left hand.
Gear Shifting 101: How and When to Use Gears
Along with the brakes, gear shifting is one of the main mechanical functions of your bike. Shifting training may seem basic, but shifting practice and shifting efficiently is something even seasoned riders can work on. The correct gear will not only improve your speed, but also make the ride more comfortable and increase your endurance on long journeys.
What does all of this mean ?!
Terminology is one of the hardest things to learn to switch Low / High, Large / Small, Light / Hard, Fast / Slow, Front / Rear, One by one, Twice, Three for. if your head is already spinning, you can brush up on memory the following words of the dictionary:
Low Gear = Easy = Good for Climbing: The “low” gear on your bike is the smallest chain ring in the front and the largest gear on your cassette (reverse gears). This is the easiest position to pedal and you will be able to pedal uphill with minimal resistance. Getting into this position is called “downshifting”.
High Gear = Rigid = Good for Downhill: The “high” gear on your bike is the largest chain ring in the front and the smallest gear on your cassette (reverse gears). This position will be the hardest to pedal and you will be able to accelerate when going downhill. To get into this position, it is called “upshifting”.
_- Speed Bike: When you were a kid, you probably bragged to your friends about the number of “speeds” of your bike. Whether it’s 7, 18, 21, etc., what you meant was the number of gears on your bike. You can determine this number by multiplying the number of teeth in your cassette (rear gears) by the number of chain links (front gears) on your bike. For example, if your bike has two chain rings and 11 teeth in the cassette, then you have a 21-speed bike. However, in today’s bicycle industry, expensive adult bikes are rarely referred to this way because, in fact, bigger doesn’t always mean better. on this below.!
One, Two, Three-Po: The number of chain links (front gears) on your bike determines whether your drivetrain (gear system) will be referred to as one-on-two, two-on, or three-deck. the bicycle industry. strive to produce the same gear range with fewer chain rings. The result is a larger cassette (rear gears) that has more teeth and often more teeth on the largest gear train in the cassette. What for? Because, as a rule, fewer chain rings make the bike more efficient, lighter, and easier to operate and adjust. For this reason, you will often see single drivetrains on high-end mountain bikes and dual drivetrains on high-end road bikes.
How to shift gears on a bike
How to switch: the basics
So now that you have a basic understanding of what these gears are called, how do you shift? Depending on the type of bike, your shifters may differ slightly. On road bikes (or any bike with a folding handlebar), your derailleurs are the same levers you use to apply the brakes. To operate the switches, push the lever to the side until you hear a click. For most flat handlebar mountain and hybrid bikes, you shift gears with paddles that you control with your thumb. Some bicycles are equipped with “grip switches” or a disc that is located inside where you place your hands. In these systems, you change gears by turning the disc forward and backward.
Your shifters are connected to a cable enclosed in a protective cover. When you click on the gears, the cable tightens and looses by applying more or less force to the derailleur, which moves your chain up and down the cassette or chain rings. Below we explain what each lever does:
Right hand: Controls reverse gears / rear derailleur. moving the chain up and down the cassette. These levers are designed for small adjustments, transmission and use in small terrain changes.
Large lever: The larger of the two gear levers moves the chain to the large rings. So big = big Switching to large rings with your RIGHT hand will make pedaling EASIER. Shifting into higher gears with the LEFT hand will make it HEAVY.
Small lever: The smaller of the two gear levers moves the chain to smaller rings. So small = small Changing to smaller rings with the RIGHT hand will make the pedal press HARD. LEFT-handed downshifting makes pedaling EASIER.
No big / small leverage? You may have a SRAM road drivetrain that uses a “double-push” system. This means that there is a smaller lever hidden behind the larger brake lever and you can only move it in one direction. A long press (with two clicks) will move the chain to a simpler gear at the rear (right) and a larger and harder gear at the front (left). A short press (with one click) will move the chain to a stiffer, smaller gear at the back (right) and a smaller, lighter gear at the front (left hand).
You may also have a handle shift. This means you have a dial that you turn back and forth to change gears. Turning the dial forward will shift the chain to a smaller and lighter gear in the back (right hand) and a smaller and lighter gear in the front (left hand). Turning the disc back will move the chain to a larger and lighter gear in the back (right hand) and a larger and lighter gear. harder front gear (left hand).
Effective and efficient gear shifting techniques
Okay, here’s the most important thing to remember when riding any bike: THERE IS NO PERFECT GEAR! SHIFT!
Very often we see people putting too much energy into their pedals when they climb a steep hill in a large chain ring, or swing their legs when they are spinning in a gear that is too easy for the descent they are riding. ride time. keep your cadence as constant as possible (the speed at which your pedals make a full revolution)! This requires one of two things: shifting gears or increasing power output. The problem with power output is that unless you’re Wonder Woman, you have a limited supply of power. We recommend changing gears frequently to improve efficiency while riding.
Liv’s Tip: Start shifting to lighter gears with your right hand early to maintain a steady rhythm. Remember, your right hand is for small terrain changes. If you find that your pedaling speed is slowing down dramatically, you may need to use the front derailleur (left hand) to facilitate shifting during large uphills in front. But if you’re already uphill and putting out a lot of power to the pedals, you might notice that your front derailleur doesn’t want to work! You will move, you will hear a grinding noise, but nothing will happen, and you will most likely stop in the middle of a hill.
Instead of chafing these gears, you will need to apply a little more power to the pedal travel right before shifting, then reduce the pedal travel when shifting. With less pressure on your chain, it will be easier for your derailleur to remove your chain from the larger ring to the smaller one.!