The chain should be tight enough that there is no slack, but loose enough that you can still move it up and down the chain.
A bike chain should be tight enough that there is no slack, but not so tight that it binds.
How Tight Should The Bolts Be When Attaching A Bike Chain?
Bolt the bike chain on tightly.
When attaching a bike chain, the bolts should be tightened until there is no play in the chain. The chain should be snug against the cogs with no slack. To check for proper tension, lift the chain off the cog at the midpoint between the two chainrings. The chain should not come off easily. If the chain falls off, the bolts are too loose. If the chain is difficult to remove, the bolts are too tight.
How Often Should You Check The Tension Of Your Bike Chain?
You should check the tension of your bike chain every time you ride it.
It is important to regularly check the tension of your bike chain because a loose chain can lead to decreased performance and decreased efficiency. A loose chain can also cause the chain to come off the sprockets, which can lead to a dangerous situation.
The frequency with which you check the tension of your bike chain will depend on how often you ride and the conditions in which you ride. If you ride frequently in sandy or muddy conditions, you will need to check the tension more often because the debris can cause the chain to loosen.
To check the tension of your bike chain, you will need a chain tensioner. You can purchase a chain tensioner at most bike stores or online. Once you have a chain tensioner, follow these steps:
1. Park your bike on a level surface and put the transmission in neutral.
2. Place the chain tensioner against the chain and line up the arrow on the tensioner with the master link.
3. Push the tensioner towards the rear sprocket until the arrow lines up with the hole in the rear sprocket.
4. Insert the pin through the hole in the rear sprocket and the hole in the tensioner.
5. Pull the chain tight and release the tensioner.
6. Check that the chain is tight by trying to move it side-to-side. There should be minimal movement.
If the chain is too loose, repeat steps 2-6. If the chain is too tight, release the tensioner and remove the pin. Then, push the tensioner towards the rear sprocket until the arrow lines up with the next hole in the rear sprocket. Insert the pin and release the tensioner.
It is generally recommended that you check the tension of your bike chain at least once a month. However, if you ride frequently or in harsh conditions, you may need to check the tension more often.
A bike chain should be tight enough that there is no slack, but not so tight that it is difficult to turn the pedals.
Hopefully, your question about how tight a bike chain should be is now answered. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.