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10 Bike Chains UK 2022 | KMC, Shimano and More

If it's time for a new bike chain, finding the right one can be a difficult task. With so much variety on the market, it's hard to know where to begin. Luckily, this article will break down everything you need to know about how to choose a suitable chain for your bike!


We share our tips and advice on understanding speed and gear correlation, as well as the ideal weight and the importance of anti-rust coatings. Plus, we'll explain the significance of SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo drive trains. If you're still not sure, simply take a look through our list of the 10 best bike chains in the UK currently available from Amazon, Decathlon and Halfords!

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  • Last updated: 05-08-2022
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How to Choose a Bike Chain in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Decide Between a Single or Multi-Speed Chain
  2. Check the Compatibility of SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo Systems
  3. Consider a Lightweight Chain With an Anti-rust Coating

1. Choose a Single-Speed Chain for BMX Bikes or Match up the Chain’s Speed Rating to the Number of Gears on Your Bike

1. Choose a Single-Speed Chain for BMX Bikes or Match up the Chain’s Speed Rating to the Number of Gears on Your Bike

Most chains average around 116 links, but this number can vary based on manufacturer and chain length. The ideal chain will be long enough to be fitted around the largest front chain ring while still retaining ample room to shift into different gears without jamming. If it's too long, the chain could become slack when shifting down into lower gears.


The size you need will vary depending on the number of gears on your bike. BMX bikes will just require a single-speed chain, whereas bikes with multiple gears will need a longer chain in order to shift gear correctly. Luckily, all bike chains will come with the recommended speed stated in the product description, so you won't need to take any actual measurements, simply match up your bike's gears to the relevant chain. 

Keep track of speed and distance on a cycling computer.

2. Check That Your Chosen Chain Is Compatible With Your Bike’s Drive Train

2. Check That Your Chosen Chain Is Compatible With Your Bike’s Drive Train

The drive train is the gear system on the bike which holds the chain in place. The three drive train varieties are SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo. You will be able to mix and match chains on most 3 - 10 gear bikes, but many longer chains need to be matched up correctly to avoid jams. 


If you're not sure what style of drive train your bike uses, you'll need to refer to the manufacturer's information pack to find a chain that is compatible with your system. If you're shopping for a single-speed chain for a BMX, you won't need to change gears, so drive train compatibility won't be an issue. 

Try cycling gloves to stay warm and reduce chafing.

3. Look for a Lightweight Chain Between 200 - 350 Grams With an Anti-Rust Coating for Easy Maintenance

3. Look for a Lightweight Chain Between 200 - 350 Grams With an Anti-Rust Coating for Easy Maintenance

The final factor to consider is the weight and finish of your chain. Lightweight bikes are easier to ride, so many cyclists prefer to shop for the lightest components possible. Most chains weigh between 200 - 350 grams. Anything over this may feel a little heavier, but it could have the added benefit of being more durable than a lighter design. 


The finish of your chain will also impact its functionality as well as its looks. Anti-rust coatings are great if you want a low-maintenance chain that won't require too much attention. A coloured chain is also a great way to add a pop of colour to your bike, and is a popular choice among BMX riders. 

Get the most out of your rides with a men's or women's cycling jersey.

Compare the Best Bike Chains

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:


  1. Decathlon - 3 to 8-Speed Bike Chain for £9.99
  2. Decathlon - 9-Speed Bike Chain for £12.99
  3. SRAM - 11-Speed Bike Chain for £14.99
  4. zonkie - Single-Speed Bicycle Chain for £12.99
  5. Clarks - 7, 8-Speed Anti-Rust Chain for £7.93

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Decathlon 3 to 8-Speed Bike Chain 1

Decathlon

2
Decathlon 9-Speed Bike Chain 1

Decathlon

3
SRAM 11-Speed Bike Chain 1

SRAM

4
zonkie Single-Speed Bicycle Chain  1

zonkie

5
Clarks 7, 8-Speed Anti-Rust Chain 1

Clarks

6
KMC 12-Speed Chain 1

KMC

7
KMC 6, 7, 8-Speed Bike Chain 1

KMC

8
Shimano 105 11-Speed Bike Chain 1

Shimano

9
Shimano 10-Speed Chain 1

Shimano

10
Decathlon BMX Bike Chain 1

Decathlon

Name

3 to 8-Speed Bike Chain

9-Speed Bike Chain

11-Speed Bike Chain

Single-Speed Bicycle Chain

7, 8-Speed Anti-Rust Chain

12-Speed Chain

6, 7, 8-Speed Bike Chain

105 11-Speed Bike Chain

10-Speed Chain

BMX Bike Chain

Features

A Versatile Chain for 3 to 8-Speed Bikes With Any Style of Drive Train

A 9-Speed Chain Designed by Market Leaders in Drive Train Repair

Lightweight 11-Speed SRAM Chain That’s Also Compatible With Shimano

Add a Pop of Colour to Your BMX With an Orange, White or Yellow Chain

Anti-Rust 7 to 8-Speed Chain at a Bargain Price

Premium Chain in 6 Styles for Any 12-Speed Drive Train

Nickel-Plated Chain With Chain Connector for Easy Installation

Keep Weight Down and Improve Aerodynamics With This 250 g Chain

A Near-Silent Chain That Improves Efficiency While Cycling

A Classic Single-Speed Steel Chain for BMX Bikes

Price£9.99£12.99£14.99£12.99£7.93£108.73£9.59£24.99£17.99£8.99
Speeds3 - 8911Single7, 8126, 7, 81110Single
Links11811811411611612611411611699
CompatibilityShimano, Campagnolo, SRAMShimano, Campagnolo, SRAMSRAM, ShimanoBMXSRAM, Shimano, CampagnoloShimano, Campagnolo, SRAMShimano, Campagnolo, SRAMShimano, SRAMShimanoBMX
Weight350 g300 g270 g340 g285.76 g272 g350 g250 g299 g410 g
Anti-RustNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNoYesNo
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10 Best Bike Chains in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

Decathlon3 to 8-Speed Bike Chain

£9.99

Speeds3 - 8
Links118
CompatibilityShimano, Campagnolo, SRAM
Weight350 g
Anti-RustNo
2

Decathlon9-Speed Bike Chain

£12.99

Speeds9
Links118
CompatibilityShimano, Campagnolo, SRAM
Weight300 g
Anti-RustNo
3
Speeds11
Links114
CompatibilitySRAM, Shimano
Weight270 g
Anti-RustNo
4

zonkieSingle-Speed Bicycle Chain

£12.99

SpeedsSingle
Links116
CompatibilityBMX
Weight340 g
Anti-RustYes
5
Speeds7, 8
Links116
CompatibilitySRAM, Shimano, Campagnolo
Weight285.76 g
Anti-RustYes
6
Speeds12
Links126
CompatibilityShimano, Campagnolo, SRAM
Weight272 g
Anti-RustYes
7
Speeds6, 7, 8
Links114
CompatibilityShimano, Campagnolo, SRAM
Weight350 g
Anti-RustNo
8
Speeds11
Links116
CompatibilityShimano, SRAM
Weight250 g
Anti-RustNo
9
Speeds10
Links116
CompatibilityShimano
Weight299 g
Anti-RustYes
10

DecathlonBMX Bike Chain

£8.99

SpeedsSingle
Links99
CompatibilityBMX
Weight410 g
Anti-RustNo

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