Do you keep the chain on until both the chain and free wheel/cassette are wiped or do you swap out the chain with a new one when it starts to wear? Or rotate a few chains?
I put a new freewheel on in September. I've ridden about 700 miles on it and put a new chain on at the same time.
I just got new cranks. I figured I'd swap the chain with a new one, soak the old one and then flip flop them to stretch the cranks out. But on todays ride (just changed it this morning) when I needed more power it was slipping. I use Ice Wax pretty much before every ride, wipe the chain down once a week, etc....
So here's my dilema. Do I keep the new chain on, let it 'wear in' and then swap them back and forth or will that just eat the free wheel? When I put the new and old chains next to each other there was about a half a link difference over the length of the chain if that (don't have a chain tool yet and there's way too much room for error with the tape measuring method!).
Or should I keep the old chain on and wear it till I need a new free wheel? I figure eventually this will be a foul weather bike but with winter coming that could be for a few months. Is that going to kill the cranks?
I was surprised that there was a difference at all with only 700 miles on it - how long do your chains usually wear?
I know there's a bunch of debates about this over in Road but was curious if the extra torque we exert on the drivetrain eats the chains a lot more or if it's neglible.