What is a range for life expectancy of a "relatively" well maintained chain? (or.... What am I doing wrong?)
I noticed today that the chain rollers had excessive movement, play and slack around the rivet pins and will have to be replaced.
My ride is a new, 2005 Specialized Roubaix with 105 Shimano components incl. the chain. Since March 2005 to date, I have logged just over a meagre 4,500 kms. (2,812 miles)
Weekly, I clean the chain on the bike with WD40 as a flush only, hose rinse and wipe dry. For lube I used an industrial rated EP oil from Lubriplate, Chain&Cable Aerosol Spray almost daily till the 3,000km. mark. I was told that I was "over" lubricating the chain in this period.
For the next 1,500 kms. I am now using Finish Line KryTech Wax & Cross Country Syn.Oil.
The chain was not skipping and no abnormal wear is noticeable on any gear teeth. Is this the normal life mileage for a Shimano chain? Good, Bad or just about Right?
I consider myself to be a Newbie(52), after a twenty year hiatus from road cycling.