Ask A Bicycle Mechanic

dsc_4541.jpgWe have a new feature here on the site: the chance to ask a bike mechanic all those questions you’ve been saving up.

Ready to answer are framebuilders and bike shop owners, all with some touring experience. So send us your questions and we’ll submit them to the experts.  This week, we tackle the question of chain wear.

How do you tell if your chain is worn and are some chains stronger than others? Read on to find out.


  1. John DiGiacomo
    31st March 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    I have a frame/fork for sale on ebay, while breaking the bike down I found that I can not remove the fork. last year I had a cane creek 100 aheadset installed it has some sort of locking mechanism could you tell me how to unlock it? It would save shipping cost by putting it in a smaller box.
    Thank You

  2. chris
    11th February 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Im taking my fixed geared bike apart for paint and was wondering if I could put a working crank and cog on either side of my bike. Would one cog undo itself?

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