Tag: Bicycle Chains

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Radical new chain claims to be faster, more durable than anything available

With over a century of refinement behind them, the roller chains used on modern bicycles are incredibly efficient, remarkably strong and ...

CeramicSpeed’s new UFO Drip lube is slicker, longer-lasting and far cheaper

My colleagues teased me in a past Nerd Alert episode for suggesting that we’ve reached the golden age of chain lubricants. And while it w...

How to wax a chain: an endless FAQ

So often, what’s old becomes new again. Dropper seat posts, road bikes designed for gravel roads, suspended stems, and tan wall tyres - y...

Silca launches hot melt wax in a bag

Coming hot off the heels of Silca’s new Super Secret chain lube that claimed to be a hot melt wax in a drip-on bottle, the Indianapolis-b...

Lab testing confirms: Clean your damn chain

I’ve taken some pretty deep dives into the topic of chains over the past few years, and the common theme throughout is that having a clea...

The zombie chain: Wippermann Connex 11sX chain review

Unfortunately, I don’t often get to ride any one particular bike (or component) enough to truly evaluate its long-term durability. One no...

Silca’s new Super Secret chain lube is like hot-melt wax in a bottle

It seems we’re coming into the golden era of chain lubes. Friction Facts originally broke ground with its research into the efficiency of...

$250 per watt: CeramicSpeed brings friction-cutting pulleys to gravel

The annual Sea Otter Classic trade show isn’t happening as usual this month, unfortunately, so to fill the gaping tech news void left in ...

Finding the best bicycle chain: What over 3,000 hours of testing revealed

Want to know which 11- and 12-speed chains offer the best durability and performance? With exclusive test data from Zero Friction Cycling...

How to check for chain wear: The easy way, the best way, and why

Your bicycle’s chain is put through hell every time you ride. For every minute of pedaling, approximately 44,000 chain pieces are in moti...

Chain quick links: A guide to easy connection

Chain quick links, connecting links, missing links, master links – whatever you call them, they're fast becoming the common way to join a...

The best degreaser: cleanliness made safe and easy

Used for stripping the grit, grime and grease from a well-pedalled drivetrain, degreaser is a staple chemical of any keen cyclist’s maint...

The best chain breaker for the home mechanic: 15 tested

A chain is one of the most common wear items on a bike and replacing it isn’t all that hard. All you need is some basic knowledge and the...

Chain cleaning: A complete guide from lazy to obsessive

Your bicycle's chain is like a mechanical log of your riding adventures: road grit from that last wet ride, red mud from adventuring in t...

Seeking the holy grail: A fast chain lube that saves you money

If you’re one that likes your bike running like a finely tuned machine, you’ll likely already know that chains often need to be replaced ...

Clean like a pro: Nine of the best chain keepers reviewed

Whether you call them dummy hubs, chain keepers, wash buddies, or doodads, these small devices are always in use by professional race mec...