Frequent question: How often should I replace my mountain bike chain?

How long does a Shimano chain last?

When I tested a Shimano chain, I found it would be take about 3500 miles to reach . 5% elongation, but the chain must be well maintained to last that long. A cassette should last through at least 3 chains with that mileage, but it varies a lot, depending on riding conditions and maintenance.

Is wd40 OK for bike chains?

You can use WD-40 Multi-Use-Product. It is a water based lubricant that provides the right amount of lubrication to the chain lube. … WD-40 is a great bike chain lube water based lubricant and will not only lubricate the chain well, but will also keep it rust and corrosion free.

How can I make my bike chain last longer?

Proper bicycle chain lubrication not only makes shifting gears easier but also ensures the drivetrain lasts longer. If you experience shifting issues, you might be overdue for a new chain. Replacing the chain at regular intervals will make the cassette, the cluster of sprockets on your bike’s rear hub, last longer.

What MTB chain should I buy?

Which brand of chain should you buy? For optimal performance, it’s recommended to match your drivetrain manufacturer (the most common are SRAM and Shimano) to the brand of chain. This isn’t vital though – as long as the chain is made for your number of gears, it should work.

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How much does it cost to change a chain on a bike?

Most shops charge $15 to $20 to install a chain or you can purchase a chain tool for $10 to $50 and learn to do it yourself.