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New Chain??(7 posts)

New Chain??bear
Sep 1, 2002 5:17 PM
I have about 2200 miles on my ultegra chain, can I wait out this year to replace it? I am heavy ( 190) and a masher!
Chain should be replacedPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 1, 2002 10:07 PM
Check for chain wear. The more often you change your chain though the less wear there will be on the chainrings and cogset where it'll be really expensive to replace.

2200 miles seems like a lot to have put on a chain... I'm not sure the recommendation but I think at least half that you should start to consider a new chain.

is 1000 the magic number?bear
Sep 2, 2002 6:55 AM
woowww I dint know that 1000 was too much? I guess I beeter change it then!!
There is no magic numberPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 2, 2002 6:22 PM
My recommendation is to go to a LBS and get them to measure it. If you do a lot of miles your probably better off buying your own tool.

Irregardless 1000 miles on the road or 500 miles off road is where I start to wonder about chain wear. But mileage is a really hard indicator. Someone who cleans their chain all the time will have their chain last far longer than someone who never cleans their chain. Another scenario is how much wet weather riding you do... this multiplies chain wear.

Also over time occasionally check (once a month or so) how the teeth are shaped... if they start to look worn down or in the worst case scenario develop hooks this is thats when you've taken it too far and need a new cassette, chainrings and chain.

8500 mile on Campy 9Asphalt Addict
Sep 2, 2002 1:40 PM
Just replaced my Campy 9 chain and cassette after 8500 miles. Still worked real well but kept reading on this board about when to replace. There's no question that the drive train is now better with the ultra drive. If you take care of your chain and cassette IMHO I think changing below 5000 miles with Campy is a waste of $$$.
One more time - here's the rulesKerry
Sep 2, 2002 3:54 PM
I don't know how many times this needs to be posted, but here it is again. Replace the chain when the elongation reaches 0.5%, which is 1/16" in 24 links (originally 12"). You can replace the chain more frequently, and it may extend your cog life if you don't spend most of your time in just a few cogs. Otherwise, replace chain and cogs together. Some recommend changing chains at 2X the frequency to "save the cassette and the associated high costs." If you change the chain 2X as often, then your cogs have to last around 9000 miles to break even on cost (assumes 2500 miles for chain/cog replacement). Not likely.
AgreedMe Dot Org
Sep 3, 2002 7:40 AM
There are many variables for chain wear (frequency of cleaning, riding conditions, style of use).

Either go to your LBS and get it checked or buy a Park Chain Checker: