The number one thing you can do to ensure the proper working, and longevity of your bicycle is check the wear of your chain on the regular basis. Alright, maybe it’s second to maintaining proper air pressure in your tires. I don’t think either get discussed enough.
Like changing the oil in your car, chains need to be replaced on a regular basis. If neglected, your chain will prematurely wear other parts of your drivetrain. This can result in a more expensive repair.
If taking your bike to a shop regularly isn’t a convenient option, I would recommend buying a chain checking tool. This will allow you to monitor the wear of your chain yourself.
You may be thinking “How long can I expect my chain to last Chris?”. It shouldn’t be a surprise that there isn’t one easy answer as there are several factors at play.
- How many cogs are in your cassette, or freewheel? The more gears you have the narrower your chain. In my experience narrower chains have a shorter lifespan.
- Are you keeping it clean? (and not over using the lube). Road grit can lead to premature wear. Wipe your chain off on a regular basis, and use the lube sparingly.
- Are you a “masher”? If you’re the type of rider that is constantly pushing a big gear don’t expect your chain to have a long life. Spin to win!
Keep an eye on that chain. You’ll thank me later.
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