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So I made a bit of a mistake this winter... I live in Washington and unfortunately my bike got exposed to a lot of moisture and rain (despite the trusty ol' cover). I am a college student and didn’t have a place to store it.

So now I am left with an improvement in the weather but some rust on my chain. Its on at least half of the links. I really don’t want to replace it because it only has 1000 miles on it. I am wondering if the rust is a problem that I can ignore and keep on using chain grease. Should I replace it? Looking for anybody’s thoughts here. Thanks!
 

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Clean it, lube it, use it. And keep it lubed from now on.

It should be fine unless it binds or is kinked.
 

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A pic would help, but surface rust is often only cosmetic. As tlc says, as long as it still moves freely it should be fine once cleaned up and relubed.
 

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Wow that some serious rust on that chain. Neglection at it's best.
 

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I'd say clean it and see what it looks like. I live in Oregon and can get a touch of rust, but I clean it regularly and ride in the rain. It's back to normal after I clean it with kerosene. I like maxima chain wax. I wouldn't go anywhere on that tire though dude
 

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if you store it under a cover/tarp that doesn't allow it to breathe, then condensation and humidity will build up under it. i use just an old bed sheet on mine, but it's inside still.
 
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