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    New question here. Chain size question

    I got a 2011 Giant Trance X3 and my chain is rusted. Don't know why is a cleaned it and dried it off after every ride. My gears look fine but the chain is pretty bad. I want to pick up a new chain but don't know if my bike would accommodate different sizes or if it had to be a specific length. Any insight/recommendations wl be appreciated thanks!

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    You need a ten speed chain. The lengths are all the same.
    Take old chain off. Measure it against the new chain and cut to proper length.(Will need chain tool)

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    The bike shop will cut and fit for free right?

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    Did you lube the chain after cleaning and drying it? If not, that's why it rusted.

    Fitting a new chain is a good skill to have, and a chain tool isn't expensive. If you do it yourself, please be sure to join the chain with the included master link, and not by just pressing a pin back in.

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    Thanks for the info. I didn't lube my chain right away on a couple of occasions so that is probably why it rusted. Good to know. Thanks again. I will try to do it myself. I will look into getting a chain tool.

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    most shops will size the chain for you, especially if you buy the chain tool and the chain and ask about how to use it. at least i know i would. i would probably charge you a few bucks, $5-8 to install the new chain and let you watch/run you through how to use the tool.
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    The sign in your avatar is from the Fully Loop. If that is the trail you ride regularly (or really, most SoCal trails), I am skeptical of the need to clean your chain after every ride. Wipe it off with a rag if you must, and then lube it by putting a single drop on each roller. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it off with a rag again (to help prevent dirt from sticking to it) and you'll be good to go for your next ride.

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