Hope this isn't too much of a thread hijack, but...
I was adjusting the chain on my fairly recently acquired 2003 (4k miles currently), and noticed the chain was stiff and had some rust. I removed it and did the kerosene soak and scrub. Still stiff. Still some rust. Took it to a local bike shop (1 hour away) and the guy said, "yeah, a little stiff, but that's the way o-ring chains are. I'd just put it back on the bike, lube it real good and ride for another 10k miles." (presumably not without periodic lubes)
Really? Seems like a mileage/horsepower hog. Can someone describe how stiff an o-ring chain should/could be before considering replacement?
My chain (even after lube), if held draped over one hand, will hold a "kinked" position if I bend it in it's natural way at one of the links. In other words, the chain will not flop down straight under its own weight.
Does that sound right?