I was wondering if some one could give me a ball park figure on how many miles a person could put on a hybrid before replacing the chain or at the least check it for wear? I ride mainly ride roads. When I get close to the your recommendation I'll buy a tool to check it.
Miles vary depending on how heavy you are, riding style and maintenance. To check your chain measure it from rivet center to rivet center over a 12" spread. If when you measure it and it is 12 1/16 then you need to think about replacing it. If it measures 12 1/8" then you need to change it and maybe the cassette and chainring.
Originally Posted by dbikingman
Err on replacing the chain too often.
I ride a road bike mainly. I change my chain about every 1800 miles. The cassette gets changed every 3rd time I change the chain. I have found that if I go over about 2100 mile on a chain I have to change the cassette also due to the chain and cassette wearing together. WHat happens is I get chain skip in the gears i use most when I put pressure on the pedals.
I only have about 275 miles on this bike. So I have a while to go. It amazes me that a chain that small can last that many miles.
Originally Posted by kycycler
Chain wear is also a matter of maintaince. Remove and clean the chain. I do mine every 650 to 750 miles. The original lube on the chain is good for about 1000 miles. It's the best lube your chain will see.
I routinely get over 10,000 miles on a chain.