Choosing the right chain for my setup


New Member
Aug 6, 2003
When it comes to building and maintaining a top-notch cycling setup, selecting the right chain is a crucial consideration that can significantly impact your bikes performance and longevity. However, with the multitude of chain options available on the market, each with its unique features and benefits, choosing the right chain for your setup can be a daunting and confusing task. In this post, I would like to challenge the conventional wisdom surrounding chain selection and spark a discussion on how cyclists like myself, who have been riding for over a decade and participating in numerous cycling events, can make an informed and confident choice.

To begin with, lets consider the most common factors that cyclists take into account when selecting a chain. These may include chain type (single, double, or triple), chain speed, chain width, and chain material. While these factors are undoubtedly important, I believe that there are other equally crucial considerations that are often overlooked or undervalued, such as chain durability, chain maintenance, and chain compatibility with other components in your setup.

For instance, while a lightweight and high-speed chain may be ideal for racing or time-trialing, it may not be the best choice for long-distance touring or off-road riding, where durability and resistance to wear and tear are paramount. Similarly, a chain that requires frequent lubrication or cleaning may not be the best fit for a cyclist who values low maintenance and ease of use.

Therefore, I would like to pose the following question to the community: How do you approach chain selection for your cycling setup, and what factors do you consider beyond the traditional ones? Do you prioritize chain durability and maintenance, or do you focus mainly on chain type and speed? Have you had any negative experiences with certain chains, and if so, what lessons have you learned from those experiences?

By sharing our insights and experiences, we can help each other make more informed and confident choices when it comes to selecting the right chain for our cycling needs. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and insights on this topic.