Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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Unless you put on huge miles and get a lot of chain wear between switching, it should be okay. The other thing to be aware of is subtle differences in the cassette position requiring RD adjustments.
I have multiple cassettes for each of my bikes and switch between them all the time. The only trouble I've had is switching between brands of cassette. If I stick with Nashbar or stick with Shimano on a bike, I don't have to adjust the RD when I swap cassettes. Swap a Nashbar for a Shimano and I do. That's on my 8-speed bikes, BTW.
On my Portland, I've gone the two wheelset route. I keep road tires and a 12-23 on one wheelset, and CX tires in the three seasons, Nokian W106s in the winter and a 16-27 on the other. Even so, I've been known to swap in the bike's standard 12-27 on either wheelset. To avoid issues like I've had with the 8-speed bikes, (which really is minor) my second wheelset is identical to the first, and I use all Ultegra cassettes on the Portland.
In any event, during all this switching, I've replaced a couple of chains, but the wear is spread out between the cassettes. I haven't replaced one yet.
Last edited by tsl; 11-26-07 at 11:49 AM.