Re: How often to change chain (mileage)
in message <email@example.com>, George Hauxwell
> Is there a rule-of-thumb guide to how often to change a cycle chain?
> I left it too late last time and had to change the whole lot,
> chainset, cassette and chain.
Not really. A well cared for summer road bike will go several thousand
miles on the same chain. An all-year-round commuter hack bike much
less, a mountain bike less still. And it does depend critically on the
degree of care. Clean chains last much longer.
> I don't want to have to take the chain off and try measuring it every
> month, I can't seem to get it to lie straight enough to measure
You can buy chain gauges. I use one and it works for me, though I have
to say some people here are skeptical. Mine is one of these:
> Would every 1000 miles be reasonable? How often do you folks change
> you're chains?
Even on a hard used mountain bike a chain with reasonable care should
last a thousand miles. If you replaced at a thousand miles you'd
probably be safe (depending on how you care for your chain meantime),
but you'd be replacing more often than you needed to.
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