Es­sen­tial skills: chain ad­just­ment

De-mys­ti­fy­ing the dark art of chain ad­just­ment and wheel align­ment...

RiDE (UK) - - Contents - Words Bruce Dunn

ALONG­SIDE TYRE PRES­SURES, check­ing the chain ten­sion on your bike is one of the most im­por­tant habits you should get into. In­cor­rect ad­just­ment could ac­cel­er­ate chain and sprocket wear, even if it is not vis­i­ble. This can af­fect its abil­ity to trans­mit power to the rear wheel and in ex­treme cases, the chain could snap or even jump off the sprocket, leav­ing you stranded. The good news though is that check­ing - and if nec­es­sary ad­just­ing - your chain is an easy process. It will keep the bike hap­pier, make your money go fur­ther and make sure that you get the best per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity. It’s pos­si­ble to do it us­ing just the side­stand but if your bike isn’t fit­ted with a cen­tre­stand as orig­i­nal, an af­ter­mar­ket paddock stand will make life an aw­ful lot eas­ier.

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