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A situation where a cyclist's chain becomes stuck in the front sprockets of the crank.

Example usage: 'I almost crashed when my chain got stuck in chain-suck'

Most used in: Mountain biking and cyclocross.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists.

Popularity: 7/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Chain-jam, Chain-jumping, Chain-slap, Chain-suck,

What is Chain-Suck?

Chain-suck is a term used in cycling to describe a situation where the chain becomes stuck between the chain rings and the frame. This usually happens when the chain is shifted to the small chain ring and the small cog, and can be caused by a variety of factors.

Chain-suck can occur when there is dirt or mud on the chain, when the chain is too tight or too loose, or when the chain is worn out. It can also be caused by the chainrings and cogs not being perfectly aligned. When the chain is stuck, it can be difficult to remove, and can cause damage to the chainrings and cogs.

According to CyclingTips, chain-suck is one of the most common mechanical problems encountered by cyclists. It is estimated that about 10% of cyclists have experienced chain-suck in the past, and it is especially common among mountain bikers.

To prevent chain-suck, it is important to make sure that the chain is properly lubricated and tensioned. It is also important to keep the chainrings and cogs clean and free of dirt and mud. Additionally, it is important to make sure that the chainrings and cogs are properly aligned.


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

The term 'chain-suck' is used to describe a situation in cycling where the chain is pulled up into the rear derailleur. This can happen from a combination of the chain being too loose, the derailleur being misadjusted, or a combination of the two. Chain-suck can be a frustrating experience for any cyclist, but it has a surprisingly long history.

The earliest known use of the term 'chain-suck' was in the early 1990s in the United States. It was used to describe the problem of the chain being pulled up into the rear derailleur when a cyclist shifted into a higher gear. The term quickly spread among cyclists in the United States and eventually around the world.

Since then, the term 'chain-suck' has been used to describe any situation where the chain is pulled up into the rear derailleur. It is a term that all cyclists should be familiar with, as it can be a frustrating experience that can be avoided with proper bike maintenance.

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