as already posted, refer to manual, look for tight/loose syndrome.Maritan said:I have about 16K miles on my bike.
Sprockets aren't worn. Chain looks fine. I maintain (clean, lube and adjust) regularly. How do I tell if my chain needs to be replaced?
Someone else gave me a neat piece of advice. pull the chain away from the rear sprocket at the 3 o'clock position. if you can move it away from the sprocket, then they are both(chain and sprockets) shot, and need replacement.RandyO said:as already posted, refer to manual, look for tight/loose syndrome.
if your chain is worn, replace your sprockets too, even if they look good, they are worn with the chain, and will make a new chain wear prematurely, your chain cost more than the sprockets, and it will be a difference of your next chain lasting 8,000 miles or 16,000 miles
Glad I was this thread as I was just going to ask a similar question. My chain with 12,500mi seems to have one tight link. I can tell when I have the bike on a rear stand that it labors at one point. I would assume my chain needs replaced?punkjumper said:there can be tight spots in the links also. when you put the rear on a stand the wheel will spin easy then be hard to turn.
also when you are at the adjustment area, time for a new one
Do you have chain recommendations? What specs do I need in a chain?RandyO said:bang for the buck, cost per mile basis, you can't beat OEM sprockets, others are cheaper but don't last near as long