I noticed on the recent BUPA Challenge that my chain is slipping slightly when under load or accelerating in the bottom two cogs of the rear cluster (I.e The two "highest" gears).
The chain was last replaced in approximately July 2011, and has been regularly cleaned and lubed etc. I have tried cleaning and lubing it further and have also tried adjusting the rear derailleur, all to no avail. I'm now thinking that it's time to replace the chain and possibly the rear cluster too.
I was just wondering, how long do chains last on average?
My current bike runs Sora running gear (I know, I know, I'm going to get flamed for this but money was really tight at the time of purchase and I'm now desperate to upgrade!) and I was just wondering if I'd get better longevity from a more upmarket chain and cluster set E.g. Tiagra or 105's etc???
Trick is that when resting bike at coffee shop to not rest against hanger and to watch when piling bikes against each other to not get Joe Blow to rest his against your carefully rested bike.
Also, if loading in a ute or wagon, always carry with gears etc facing up or when in back seat to make sure hanger is not resting or pushing against seats.
I rather park further away from rest to make sure no-one rests against my bike unless its a mate of similar mechanical aptitude.
I'm the same Frank. LIke I said to my wife recently, the bike may not be worth much, but it's the only bike I have at the moment and allows me to do what I love.
I was getting quite tense and paranoid seeing how close people were hanging their bikes to one another after The Big Red Ride!
Seriously, would you allow your car to rest against another?! LOL
The chain wear thing is vastly different to what riding you do, if you crank it up hills constantly, ride in rain or sandy beaches and how often it gets cleaned and lubed if at all.
I know of a fella that is still with his original Record chain and cassette and has done many thousand km's.
Bike is 20 years old and is pristine and so is his running gear.
Maintenance is the key, quality product or simply replace when worn if not equipped with a mechanical mindset.
the community work shop has a tool for checking chain wear ti should take less than 5 minutes.
They also have the tools to align the gears.
You may need to get your hands dirty.
Thanks for this Don.
When is the next Community Workshop? It would be a great way to learn about bike mechanics.
the workshop is usually open 9:15 (9:00 officially) to noon Saturdays