KNOWING WHEN TO CHANGE THE CHAIN OF YOUR BIKE
Riding 2,000, 6,000 or up to 10,000 kilometers with the same channel, is that possible? Why and when to replace it? Here are some answers to help you make the right decision.
Some wear parameters
Let us be clear, the wear of a chain depends on the treatment you inflict on it. Here are several parameters that affect its wear:
If you are tricky in shifting and adjusting your transmission correctly, you can extend the life expectancy of your chain. Otherwise, you will have to change it more prematurely.
The crossing of the chain
The more you cross the chain, the more you use it. The crossover is used when you use the smallest sprocket with the small sprocket and vice versa with the large gear. It is better to use the plateau-pinion pair leaving the chain as line as possible.
The higher your weight, the greater the stress on the chain. Eliminating unnecessary kilos saves money (by extending the life of your chain)!
A chain is more demanded in mountain biking than on the road. However, she is also more solicited during strength sessions than during endurance sessions.
The quality of your equipment
A better quality derailleur or a premium chain extends their durability.
The maintenance you provide
This is probably the most obvious parameter. A chain suffers from friction and a lack of lubrication or prolonged exposure to moisture damages it. Find our tips for maintaining your bike.
How to know that your channel is worn?
Some signs that need to alert you
If the speeds go badly, this can be a warning signal. Be careful though, because this can also come from a setting or a cable that is relaxed.
A chain that jumps without having actuated the speed levers or without having changed the turntable is a sign of wear (pinions, plates, and chain are then to be examined).
Note: squeaking or squealing are not a sign of wear, but are more likely related to lack of lubrication. Solve this problem quickly to alleviate your transmission.
The “touch” technique
It can be determined whether the chain is worn with a very simple test. Put it on the largest tray. At the point where it is completely in contact with the tray, pull it towards you … If it comes off entirely from the plate, it is necessary to replace it.
Our tip: with time, the chain does not lengthen, on the other hand, the holding pins and the links wear out and relax. There is a very straightforward and economical tool that allows you to determine reliably and quickly if your chain is worn: the indicator of wear.
It is an indispensable tool to have in your toolbox. If it sinks between the sprockets, you must replace your chain. Otherwise, you can wait.
The chain is an element that changes as well as the brake pads/pads, tires or cables.
If you push it back, the other parts of your transmission will wear out prematurely. Do not hesitate to change it regularly to preserve your cassette and keep a comfortable practice during your exits!