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  1. #1
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    Join Date
    May 2007

    Replacing a chain

    I've been riding with the original chain on my Trek 4500 for 4+ years. I figured it would be a decent time to replace the chain so I don't have an "accident" in the middle of an adventure race.

    Is there any reason I can't replace just the chain, such as drivetrain wear? Or, do I have it backwards, you should never use an old chain on a new drivetrain?


  2. #2
    govt kontrakt projkt mgr
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    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    invest in a park chain checking tool and replace the chain as needed. if you waited too long some rings or cogs may be worn and have to be replaced at the same time as your chain--else the chain wont mate correctly--believe me you'll know--the chain will skip like you never had before.

    get something like a quick connect. the bikes that come with crapmano chains--I replace with SRAM 1st chance I get.

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