Looking for Chains for a Change + Fox

Suprisingly little is known about the origin of chains

First use in Indo-European language dates back to 225 BC

Leonardo DaVinci has drawings of a chain that looks amazingly similar to modern bicycle chains


The most familiar chain to us

Generally 114 inner and outer links with either 10 or 8 parts per link depending on whether it is a bushingless chain or not

An old-style bicycle chain has ten parts per link. The typical 57-link chain used on the average multi-speed bike had 570 parts, more than the whole rest of the bicycle put together. There were 114 outer plates, 114 inner plates, 114 rollers, 114 link pins, and 114 bushings.

From Sheldon Brown

3 speed indicator chain

On to chain sightings!

Chain restraining barrier at a parking lot

Nice clover

Chains ensure the hydrant outlet caps don’t wander off

Leftover links from a chain replacement pinned back together

Safety chains on a trailer hitch

Chain securing a cable blocking an entrance

Yellow boundary chain and chain link fence

Chain and padlock securing a gate


Chains on swings at the park

Next ride see if you can find any chains for a change  🙂


Just coming back to town, and there is the fox!

Actually visible in the photos this time  🙂


Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

7 response to "Looking for Chains for a Change + Fox"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 12, 2020

    Hey, didn’t Aretha sing a song about about your post? “Chain, chain, chain….”

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 12, 2020

      I believe she did, something about fools and possibly weakest links?
      I resemble that. 🙂

  2. By: NancyG Posted: July 12, 2020

    Good sightings on chains Rich. Will have to keep my eyes out for what I might spy ;’-)

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: July 13, 2020

    I’ve never given too much thought to chains, but I’ll keep a look out when I ride. On rural properties, I don’t think I’ll see too much from the road, but you never know!! Once you start looking, you start seeing! I think the fox is now teasing you. You definitely got him this time!

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: July 13, 2020

    Nice collection of different types of chains!
    Just listened to Aretha Franklin’s “Chain chain chain” – wow!

  5. By: Scooter Posted: July 13, 2020

    A fox! That is so awesome. Good job on getting your camera out in time. And that’s so interesting, that a typical bicycle chain has 570 parts. Boggles the mind.

  6. By: gregblood Posted: July 14, 2020

    Thank goodness for chains, and thank YOU for telling us so much about them.

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