- Aug 31, 2003
Chain hygiene is the key. Keep it clean and lightly lubed, and replace when the chain wear indicator says so. I start checking around 2000 miles, but I'm usually good til 3000. Then figure on replacing the cassette every two or three chains, or when the new chain stops meshing with the old cassette.Originally Posted by jhuskey
I personally think one can last 10000 miles if it is taken care of(cleaned , lubed) and your climate and conditions are not too harsh.
I've seen some bikes that haven't had a new chain in a decade. The cassette or freewheel is worn and usually one chain ring, the middle, is worn down like this.
The owner has brought it in because he was "just riding along" and the chain "just locked up."