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post #1 of 3 Old 08-21-2018, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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I've never actually ridden a chain to near-failure, but I think I've finally made it. I keep having to tighten the sucker up. This time, I tightened it up last Monday and by Friday it was clattering around like it was about to fall off. Only about 200 miles on it in between. Chain was slack again. Wheel was still in the same place and secure. Sprockets look fine. I guess this is the end-of-life for the chain? I parked it, not riding this week until the new one gets in. Seriously though, I've tightened the chain 3 times in the last 2.5 months.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-21-2018, 12:06 PM
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miles? what type/brand of chain? ....just curious, but it sounds done. a quick check it to pull the chain straight back off the sprocket; if you see daylight between the sprocket and chain, it's time to replace. You can also check the overall length, amount the chain will curve, etc......but if you think it's done, it's probably done.

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Its probably done. The bike has 18000 and it may or may not be the original. Who knows. I've nearly doubled the mileage in the last year compared to what it got since 2005.
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