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How do I know if I need a new chain?

My bike is 13 years old and has about 15,000 miles on it. I've only owned it 2 years. My guess is that the chain has been changed at some point in it's life. All the O-rings look like they are in tact and none of the links bind when I spin the wheel. The sprocket teeth look good. Anything else I can check?

I wanted to change it at Wink's spring tech gathering, but I'm not sure it needs it. Maybe I'll just wait until then and have someone actually look at it.

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if its nice and lubed, no rust and or binding more importantly then leave it alone.

but on a general note, as when needed to tighten it within spec, and you get all the way to the back of the adjusters/the blocks are all the way back not allowing you to tighten it anymore and you have to much slack?

time for a new chain AND sprockets.



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Thanks Ken. I've been lubing it regularly since I've owned it. The adjuster is in the middle. I'll readjust it this year, but I definitely won't be hitting the back anytime soon.

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check the slack in about 6 or 8 places ..... check..... rotate...check.

It should remain close to the same all around the chain.


When chains get old they can get tight in spots and loose in others.


Visually inspect the sprockets for hooked teeth... check chain for rust.


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Thanks Ken. I've been lubing it regularly since I've owned it. The adjuster is in the middle. I'll readjust it this year, but I definitely won't be hitting the back anytime soon.

this year? how much do you ride? basically everything out there says check adjust and lube ~600miles.

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