Frequent question: How often should you replace a mountain bike chain?

How many miles should a mountain bike chain last?

A typical mountain bike chain will last 750 miles of single track riding. It’s not easy to gauge exactly how long a chain will last, but there are ways to prolong the life of the 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.

What is the average life of a bike?

A properly maintained bike should last the lifetime of the owner. I have seen people using bikes for more than 20 years or so. However, the manufacturer may not support the bike for that period.

Is WD40 OK for bike chains?

Can I use WD-40 to lube my bicycle chain? No. You should never use WD40 as chain lubricant since WD-40 is NOT a true lubricant since it’s primary use is as a solvent or rust dissolver.

How much does it cost to get a bike chain replaced?

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.

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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.