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Chain maintenance question(6 posts)

Chain maintenance questionScy
Jun 6, 2001 10:31 AM
After reading the Prolink thread below, I realized some of you do things a little differently when it comes to chain maintenance.

First, are you suppossed to wipe off your chain after every ride. This never occurred to me. I guess I thought that this would take off too much lube.

Second, assuming normal dry conditions, how many miles should a chain last (I'm running a Shimano 8-speed)? One guy with a Campy 10 said he changed his after 2,500 miles. I always figured I should get at least 5,000 miles before I'd even have to measure the chain for wear.
re: Chain maintenance questionMel Erickson
Jun 6, 2001 11:14 AM
I wipe my chain off after every lube but not after every ride. Although, I don't think there's anything wrong with wiping your chain after every ride. It's the lube within the links, not on the outside surface of the chain, that makes the difference. The lube inside the links won't come off with a wipe down. The wipe down may remove dirt, which can cause premature chain wear. Chains are different, so are gear trains, maintenance, riding conditions and riders. There's no way to know how long a chain should last. The great thing about a chain is it really lets you know when to change it. 1) You can measure it. 2) Shifting deteriorates. 3) It makes noise, even after lubing.
you MIGHT get 5000ColnagoFE
Jun 6, 2001 11:40 AM
I changed mine at 2500 because it was starting to wear (.05) they say you can go to .1 wear before replacing). Probably could have gotten 3k+ out of it. Bad thing is that if you wait too long you need to replace the cassette as well and Campy 10 cassettes are $110 for Chorus and even more for Record. I changed the chain to insure that I wouldn't need a new cassette as well. I've gotten 4k out of a Campy 8 speed chain before but the cassette had worn and I had to replace both. Not as bad pricewise though in that situation.
one other thingColnagoFE
Jun 6, 2001 11:41 AM
this was a Campy 10 chain I was talking about. Tolerances are much tighter and stray dirt can make a bigger diff than with 8 or 9 speed.
re: Chain maintenance questionRandyf
Jun 6, 2001 8:12 PM
I buy cheap chains $12-15 and I change them every 1000 mi. I used to buy more expensive ones but I didn't check them often enough and had to replace cassetts and once a chain ring. I admit I do not wipe my chain off after every ride, maybe once a month.
my $.02
re: Chain maintenance questionColnagoFE
Jun 7, 2001 8:20 AM
i wish you could get campy 10 chain for $15...more like $35. Hello SRAM?