Old 04-14-22, 11:30 AM
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I wouldn't worry about it too much. Good idea of yours on the clean-up. You can learn a lot here -- I find the Park tool web content very useful. I also recommend buying their book. Over time, you're looking to see when the chain has worn and stretched enough to be a problem, and that can be done by either using a 'gauge tool' to check that length (see park tool chain checker for example), or you can just know the standard measurement for your chain over a number of links and measure it every couple of months. Your description suggests that your situation is not a standard 10 or 11 cog configuration, so I'm not sure what nominal specs you need to measure against. Just an aside, I don't need to change a chain too often, maybe every four thousand miles. Some folks around here are much more frequent.
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