Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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I replace chainrings only when they begin to run a bit noisily or roughly. They will not fail or begin to slip abruptly; you will have ample forewarning, if you are sensitive to it. Also, they do not need to be replaced in pairs (or triplets).
With the older 5-to-8-speed systems, I get ALOT of miles out of my chainrings. 9-speed rings wear somewhat faster, and 10-speeds are even worse. The popular contemporary mountain bike microdrive system also accelerates wear considerably, with fewer teeth gripping the chain and significantly higher force along the chain.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069