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  1. #1
    Get your popcorn ready!
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    Jun 2008

    Rust on Chain Normal?

    Howdy all,

    I left my new rockhopper disc out during the begining of a thunderstorm, I got to it within minutes and then wiped it dry inside my house. I forgot to wipe the chain and I noticed a little orange rust looking color on it, is this normal? How often are chains replaced?

  2. #2
    guy who bikes
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    Apr 2008
    hey, i work in a shop and see lots of varying levels of rust on chains. obviously it's not ideal and should be avoided with regular lubing, but chain wear is more important. if it's new then don;t bother replacing the chain until it's stretched (check this with a chain wear tool). do replace the chain if the rust is bad enough that any of the links become frozen (check this by moving each link by hand) or if you notice that the shifting is sloppier (but this can also be due to normal "cable stretch" so try adjusting the cable tension first). hope this helps.

  3. #3
    local trails rider
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    Aug 2005
    Keep your chain lubricated. That should keep it from rusting.

    Chains are replaced when they stretch too much.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
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    Jul 2003

    Yup it's normal...

    steel chanis rust very quickly when they get wet if they aren't properly lubed. A little orange rust isn't a big deal. Just lube the chain and then wipe the excess off with a dry rag. It's likely that the corrosion will wipe right off. When you get into trouble is when the corrosion gets heavy enough to freeze links as mentioned earlier. Do your best to not leave the bike out in rain storms. If you get caught in one or ride somewhere that is wet or muddy make the chain the first bit of maintenance that you do when you get home. I work in a shop too and also see every thing from a little bit of orange rust to chains that are completely locked up. I had one in last week that was so corroded that I had to hit a pin with liquid wrench and let it sit for a half hour before I could even break the chain to remove it and install a new one. That's pretty bad!

    Anyway, just clean it, dry it, and lube it after every wet encounter and you'll be fine.

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