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Time for a change maybe? Campy ten question...(5 posts)

Time for a change maybe? Campy ten question...keith m.
Jul 19, 2001 5:53 AM
how many miles are most of you getting out of your campy ten chains? I have just over 3000 miles and don't have calipers to measure the stretching of it. Is there another way to check for stretching?
re: Time for a change maybe? Campy ten question...Rusty Coggs
Jul 19, 2001 6:50 AM
I use a steel ruler. There are other methods....Check Believe I saw a recent post by Kerry Irons I think about getting 10 or 12,000 miles out of a campy chorus 10 chain.Mighty impressive. would like to know his maintenance routine and lube recommendations.
Corrected dataKerry Irons
Jul 20, 2001 6:30 PM
Actually, it was about 11K miles on a Record 9 chain, lubed every 300-350 miles with ProLink. My lube technique is to 1) wipe the chain, pulleys, chainrings, and cassette to remove any gunk, 2) turn the cranks and literally sluice the chain with ProLink (until it starts to drip), 3) shift through the gears several times, front and back, and 4) wipe everything again until the rag comes pretty clean. This keeps the chain clean with very little gunk buildup. It is the gunk which serves as an abrasive paste and causes the chain to wear faster.

At these mileages, I have no problem replacing both the chain ($24) and cassette ($55), and of course the cassette needs it. Those who advocate frequent chain changes to save the cassette, don't seem to come out ahead, IMO. I think proper drivetrain maintenance is a pretty good alternative to frequent chain replacement. Changing chains on mileage alone is totally bogus, since there are too many variables to base it on mileage alone. Just measure the chain and replace it when there's 1/16" elongation in 12".
3800 milesPaulCL
Jul 19, 2001 12:06 PM
I just replaced my chain. I lubed it with white lightening weekly. If in doubt, change it now. Why?? I waited until I had chain skip, ergo, I had to replace the cassette too. Very expensive mistake. I plan to replace the chain at 2500 miles - stretching or not. $35 now is a lot cheaper than $35 plus $85 for the cassette.
3800 milesgrzy mnky
Jul 20, 2001 4:01 PM
Yeah, and if you're really having a bad day you'll get to replace the chain rings also! Wife's bike had a set that were so hooked that they looked like table saw blades.