Replace this (lightly used) chain?

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  1. Raptor

    Raptor Guest

    I'm only a semi-serious rider, so I put 1000 miles on my brand-new Lemond Tourmalet last year. This
    was TLC riding, fair-weather, clean roads, no rain but a little water on the bike from time to time.
    I seriously lubed the whole bike at least once last year.

    Is it worth replacing the chain on this bike at the start of this season (yes, I'm just starting to
    ride about now)? Or is the only real way to tell to put a ruler on it?

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  2. Eddiefel

    Eddiefel Guest

    Raptor wrote:

    > I'm only a semi-serious rider, so I put 1000 miles on my brand-new Lemond Tourmalet last year.
    > This was TLC riding, fair-weather, clean roads, no rain but a little water on the bike from time
    > to time. I seriously lubed the whole bike at least once last year.
    >
    > Is it worth replacing the chain on this bike at the start of this season (yes, I'm just starting
    > to ride about now)? Or is the only real way to tell to put a ruler on it?
    >

    It's most likely in fine shape. I find 2K miles is a good time to start checking. Measure it with a
    ruler if you wish to be sure. If it doesn't skip then just give it a good cleaning in some way you
    prefer (I still take mine off, soak it for a few hours in diluted Simple Green, then toothbrush it),
    lube it up and go.
     
  3. Jobst Brandt

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    who? writes:

    > Is it worth replacing the chain on this bike at the start of this season (yes, I'm just starting
    > to ride about now)? Or is the only real way to tell to put a ruler on it?

    That is the only "real way" to determine the wear of a chain. Whether you should replace it is up to
    you. If there is less than 1/2% elongation (1/16" per foot) I would leave it.

    Jobst Brandt [email protected] Palo Alto CA
     
  4. If you have cared for your chain as you have described the rest of your bike, you should be able to
    enjoy anywhere from 2000 - 3000 miles out of it, depending on how finicky you are.

    May you have the wind at your back. And a really low gear for the hills! Chris

    Chris'Z Corner "The Website for the Common Bicyclist": http://www.geocities.com/czcorner
     
  5. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    For me the price of a new chain every year is not that bad . I keep one for a spare and ride
    on.Remember that chain ring where better with a new chain than a old one.

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  6. On Fri, 02 May 2003 11:37:42 +0000, Raptor wrote:

    > Is it worth replacing the chain on this bike at the start of this season (yes, I'm just starting
    > to ride about now)? Or is the only real way to tell to put a ruler on it?

    Option b), but at 1000 miles chances are the chain is fine. Check, though, and clean&re-lube
    the chain.

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  7. me-<< I'm only a semi-serious rider, so I put 1000 miles on my brand-new Lemond Tourmalet last
    year. This was TLC riding, fair-weather, clean roads, no rain but a little water on the bike from
    time to time

    << Is it worth replacing the chain on this bike at the start of this season (yes, I'm just starting
    to ride about now)? Or is the only real way to tell to put a ruler on it?

    Ruler or good chain length checker, like the Rohloff one-but if ya kept it clean, I would just use
    it this season...keeping it all clean.

    Peter Chisholm Vecchio's Bicicletteria 1833 Pearl St. Boulder, CO, 80302
    (303)440-3535 http://www.vecchios.com "Ruote convenzionali costruite eccezionalmente bene"
     
  8. It seems to me I first notice chain wear when the chain no longer shifts well going into the smaller
    rear cogs. This occurs even when the ruler test shows the chain is ok, and when everything is well
    lubed and adjusted. There muist be some side play that develops that is not measured adequately by
    the ruler method.

    "Qui si parla Campagnolo" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > me-<< I'm only a semi-serious rider, so I put 1000 miles on my brand-new Lemond Tourmalet last
    > year. This was TLC riding, fair-weather, clean roads, no rain but a little water on the bike from
    > time to time
    >
    >
    > << Is it worth replacing the chain on this bike at the start of this
    season
    > (yes, I'm just starting to ride about now)? Or is the only real way to tell to put a ruler on it?
    >
    > Ruler or good chain length checker, like the Rohloff one-but if ya kept it clean, I would just use
    > it this season...keeping it all clean.
    >
    >
    > Peter Chisholm Vecchio's Bicicletteria 1833 Pearl St. Boulder, CO, 80302
    > (303)440-3535 http://www.vecchios.com "Ruote convenzionali costruite eccezionalmente bene"
     
  9. John Everett

    John Everett Guest

    On Sat, 03 May 2003 15:36:29 GMT, "Donald Specker" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >It seems to me I first notice chain wear when the chain no longer shifts well going into the
    >smaller rear cogs. This occurs even when the ruler test shows the chain is ok, and when everything
    >is well lubed and adjusted. There muist be some side play that develops that is not measured
    >adequately by the ruler method.

    It seems to me this has nothing to do with chain wear but means that everything is not all that
    well adjusted.

    jeverett3<AT>earthlink<DOT>net http://home.earthlink.net/~jeverett3
     
  10. In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
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    >
    >who? writes:
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    >> Is it worth replacing the chain on this bike at the start of this season (yes, I'm just starting
    >> to ride about now)? Or is the only real way to tell to put a ruler on it?
    >
    >That is the only "real way" to determine the wear of a chain. Whether you should replace it is up
    >to you. If there is less than 1/2% elongation (1/16" per foot) I would leave it.

    read the FAQ for more detailed instructions on how to do this. It is very easy and only
    requires a ruler.
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