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Chain wear/replacement revisited...(2 posts)

Chain wear/replacement revisited...TFerguson
Aug 31, 2002 5:21 AM
Is stretch the only reason to replace the chain? I have only been riding for a couple of years and a few thousand miles, but all my chains show no measurable stretch over 12 links. Should they be replaced anyway?
3 reasons to replaceKerry
Sep 1, 2002 2:30 PM
Replace a chain if it is "stretched" beyond 0.5%, if it is somehow damaged, or if the shifting performance is degraded. Degraded shifting performance is highly unlikely absent stretch or damage. This does bring up a possible fourth reason - that the chain never worked right in the beginning.