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    When do you replace your chain?

    I tried the search feature and couldn't find the answer. I apologize if this has been addressed before.

    How often should you replace the chain on a road bike?

    I keep my chain clean and well lubricated and it isn't skipping. However I have 3,000 miles on the chain and I'm wondering if it should be replaced before it starts to damage the cassette. My Bicycle Repair Book suggests a new chain at 1,000 miles to prevent cassette damage.

    I hate to replace it if it's still good. It shifts nicely, I don't hear chain noise, it's not stretched the 1/8 inch over 12 links (suggested wear limit), but is it time for it to go?

    Thanks,

    JBB

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    If it's not stretched .125" yet, you're safe. I'm kinda anal about chains and repalce mine when it get to .10", maybe a little less, Even so, I can get 2500-3000 miles per PC-59 SRAM chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBBOOKS
    I tried the search feature and couldn't find the answer. I apologize if this has been addressed before.

    How often should you replace the chain on a road bike?

    I keep my chain clean and well lubricated and it isn't skipping. However I have 3,000 miles on the chain and I'm wondering if it should be replaced before it starts to damage the cassette. My Bicycle Repair Book suggests a new chain at 1,000 miles to prevent cassette damage.

    I hate to replace it if it's still good. It shifts nicely, I don't hear chain noise, it's not stretched the 1/8 inch over 12 links (suggested wear limit), but is it time for it to go?

    Thanks,

    JBB
    That 1/8" in a foot is bogus and if let go that long will trash your casette. Go with 1/16". Mileage is meaningless.

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    I have 6 bikes to keep track of, so I picked up one of these:
    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4204

    It makes it real easy to tell when it's time to replace it.

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    Thanks everyone.

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