06-01-2012, 01:34 PM

Hi guys,

Been looking on the web trying to understand various concepts in layman's terms but i eventually decided there's no substitute for experience and so I thought I'd seek help here since the people on this forum seemed polite and intelligent.

Strangely only one side of one link in my chain broke and I've decided this is a good time to change a few components. This is my bike: http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?Year=2011&Brand=Specialized&Model=Allez%20Triple&Type=bike got it around a year ago after the previous incarnation of it was stolen.

Looking to get a new chain (possibly this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sram-Pc-850-Chain-Speed-Silver/dp/B000VDFQAA/ref=sr_1_10?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1338544943&sr=1-10 ) and maybe a new cassette (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sram-cassette-PG-850/dp/B003N2CUG4/ref=pd_sim_sg_2 the 11-32 model) as while i cycle I've noticed I never stray from a combination of the largest chainring and 3rd and 2nd (around here it begins to make a worrying grinding-like noise) smallest sprockets so would like a few more options to possibly rasie the overall gear ratio range and stop that sound.

I understand this could all be completely wrong since the most maintenance I've ever done is changing a bottom bracket on an old MTB but would appreciate any advice you could give me on any alterations to make or which components to purchase.

Thanks in advance for any help and I'll try to answer questions as best I can,

Brandon

Been looking on the web trying to understand various concepts in layman's terms but i eventually decided there's no substitute for experience and so I thought I'd seek help here since the people on this forum seemed polite and intelligent.

Strangely only one side of one link in my chain broke and I've decided this is a good time to change a few components. This is my bike: http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?Year=2011&Brand=Specialized&Model=Allez%20Triple&Type=bike got it around a year ago after the previous incarnation of it was stolen.

Looking to get a new chain (possibly this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sram-Pc-850-Chain-Speed-Silver/dp/B000VDFQAA/ref=sr_1_10?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1338544943&sr=1-10 ) and maybe a new cassette (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sram-cassette-PG-850/dp/B003N2CUG4/ref=pd_sim_sg_2 the 11-32 model) as while i cycle I've noticed I never stray from a combination of the largest chainring and 3rd and 2nd (around here it begins to make a worrying grinding-like noise) smallest sprockets so would like a few more options to possibly rasie the overall gear ratio range and stop that sound.

I understand this could all be completely wrong since the most maintenance I've ever done is changing a bottom bracket on an old MTB but would appreciate any advice you could give me on any alterations to make or which components to purchase.

Thanks in advance for any help and I'll try to answer questions as best I can,

Brandon