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verb, noun

The act of removing a bicycle chain from the gear sprocket.

Example usage: I had to chain-drop to fix my bike.

Most used in: Mountain biking and cyclocross.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists and mountain bikers.

Popularity: 6/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Chain suck, Chain skip, Chain derailment, Chain jump,


What is a Chain-Drop?

A chain-drop is a term used in cycling to describe when the chain slips off the chainring or cassette. This is usually due to a lack of maintenance, or if the chain is too worn. Chain-drops can also occur if the chain is too loose, or the gear is shifted too quickly.

Chain-drops can be a major nuisance for cyclists, as they can cause the bike to come to a sudden halt. This can be especially dangerous when riding on a busy road. It is therefore important to regularly inspect and maintain your bike to reduce the likelihood of a chain-drop.

According to a recent survey, over 40% of cyclists have experienced a chain-drop in the past 12 months. Furthermore, the survey found that over 70% of chain-drops occurred when the cyclist was riding on a flat or downhill road. This suggests that cyclists need to be especially vigilant when riding in these conditions.

The Origin of the Term 'Chain-Drop' in Cycling

The term 'chain-drop' is mainly used in the context of cycling. It refers to the situation when the chain of a bicycle slips off the chainring or chainwheel.

The earliest known use of this term dates back to the early 1990s when it was used in the UK cycling scene. Later on, it spread to the US and Canada and became a commonly used term in the cycling world.

The term 'chain-drop' is believed to have originated from the sound of the chain slipping off the chainring. It is also known as 'chain-suck' or 'chain-slap' in some areas.

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