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    How often do you replace your chain???

    Sorry if this has been already posted.

    I purchased a new bike 6 months ago and has a HG53 Shimano chain on it. Non-zinc plated. I have 500 miles on the chain. I used dry lube after each ride but this chain makes noise under stress. The chain is a piece of crap.

    I haven't checked if its stretched but how often do you replace your chain on a MTB? 500/1000 miles?

    Will it make a difference?

    I just purchased a 7701 XTR Chain and need to put it on.

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    if you say the original chain is a poc ... and you have a new chain

    replace it
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    I replace it when it breaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGill
    I replace it when it breaks
    if that was the case, I'd never replace chains
    I replace it when it 'stretches' to 12 1/16" or more
    Honestly, you just take a deep breath and say Fuck it.

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    Everyother month. I'm a maintenance nazi though. And I ride a single speed so findin bmx chains for cheap is not hard at all.

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    well mine was 4 months old and I just broke it so I guess I change mine 4 months....LOL...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerod87
    Sorry if this has been already posted.

    I purchased a new bike 6 months ago and has a HG53 Shimano chain on it. Non-zinc plated. I have 500 miles on the chain. I used dry lube after each ride but this chain makes noise under stress. The chain is a piece of crap.

    I haven't checked if its stretched but how often do you replace your chain on a MTB? 500/1000 miles?

    Will it make a difference?

    I just purchased a 7701 XTR Chain and need to put it on.
    Sounds like your chain lube is crap if you have to lube every ride and your chain still makes noise. Try a real chain lube that works for the conditions you ride in.

    I replace my chain when the "stretch" equals 12 1/16" pin to pin

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    i have been told to replace mine every 1500-2000km but it depends on if ur riding in mud or dust or whatever

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    Sounds like your chain lube is crap if you have to lube every ride and your chain still makes noise. Try a real chain lube that works for the conditions you ride in.

    I replace my chain when the "stretch" equals 12 1/16" pin to pin

    To all thanks for the comments.

    I've been using white lightening.I saw on another thread using chain saw bar oil.(it might have been you that said this)

    Any recommendations for lube? I ride in Florida where its pretty dry this time of year.

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    Ditto on this one except I do 24 1/16", then the chain goes into the used parts bin for the beater or as an emergency replacement. Normally takes me about 1k miles to get that stretch.

    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    if that was the case, I'd never replace chains
    I replace it when it 'stretches' to 12 1/16" or more
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerod87
    To all thanks for the comments.

    I've been using white lightening.I saw on another thread using chain saw bar oil.(it might have been you that said this)

    Any recommendations for lube? I ride in Florida where its pretty dry this time of year.
    Chain-L. Been using it for over a year with terrific results in the desert. I'm getting about 3X more time between lubes than when using Prolink, or anything else for that matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerod87
    To all thanks for the comments.

    I've been using white lightening.I saw on another thread using chain saw bar oil.(it might have been you that said this)

    Any recommendations for lube? I ride in Florida where its pretty dry this time of year.

    I've been using Rock N Roll Extreme with great results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx
    ... then the chain goes into the used parts bin....
    you can also make some jewelery with it.
    My nephews thought the bracelets I made for them were really cool and tough lookin
    I wear one too!
    Honestly, you just take a deep breath and say Fuck it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerod87
    To all thanks for the comments.

    I've been using white lightening.I saw on another thread using chain saw bar oil.(it might have been you that said this)

    Any recommendations for lube? I ride in Florida where its pretty dry this time of year.
    I use a biodegradable Bar and Chain lube (Renewable Lubricants) in the 15w-50 formula cut 50/50 with Canola Oil. It has worked fantastically so far in the wet PNW. As good as any wet lube I have ever used. I spent a total of $15 for enough product to make 64oz of lube and share with my riding buddies. Used in moderation, wet lubes work great in dry conditions as well...better than any wax based lube IME.

    If you'd rather buy a pre-made product, the Pedros Chainj, Go, or Ernesto Lube would be similar products.


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    When it stretches.

    Get the Park Tool chain wear indicator and replace when between .75 and 1.
    :wq

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    Run your chains right out to 1% stretch....

    In dusty conditions you also have to wash your chain as well as lube it...to get the dirt out...

    I would say at least 2000 km if not 3000 km would be a long run for a chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc
    Get the Park Tool chain wear indicator and replace when between .75 and 1.
    No need to pay $25 for that tool...most new chains show .50 on it. .75 is 12 1/32", and 1 is 12 1/16".

    I own one from my bike shop days and have done the comparisons

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    New question here.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    No need to pay $25 for that tool...most new chains show .50 on it. .75 is 12 1/32", and 1 is 12 1/16".

    I own one from my bike shop days and have done the comparisons
    $25

    $9.95 @ Jenson

    $8.99 @ eBay

    Or you could get this Sette one:

    $5.38
    :wq

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    Honestly, you just take a deep breath and say Fuck it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc
    $25

    $9.95 @ Jenson

    $8.99 @ eBay

    Or you could get this Sette one:

    $5.38

    Get a chain checker....

    Easy to use, every week or so measure the stretch, it will help you understand what is causing your chain to wear, and you can easily improve your maintance...(increase it or decrease it)....

    I generally have a beer or two while I clean and fix up the bike....Since I clean and lube everything first, then measure the chain....I probably couldn't get an accurate reading without the chain checker by that time.

    I use the Park tool one...

    Most of the CN-7701 chains start at about .3 or .4 they quickly stretch out to somewhere around .75, then the stretch slows down I get ohhh 75% of the life of the chain from .75 to 1....

    One ride can put 10% strech on a chain just depends on a what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc
    $25

    $9.95 @ Jenson

    $8.99 @ eBay

    Or you could get this Sette one:

    $5.38
    Was refering to a Park CC-2

    even at $6-$10 (plus shipping), it is a not needed. A simple tape measure does the exact same thing and is just as accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    Well almost...you need it to go past 12" but your on the same thought process

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    Was refering to a Park CC-2

    even at $6-$10 (plus shipping), it is a not needed. A simple tape measure does the exact same thing and is just as accurate.
    If you can find a funcken tape measure when you need it...

    Get a chain checker make your life easy.

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