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Need A New Chain!!!

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by steve23, 1 Jul 2008.

  1. steve23

    steve23 New Member

    so.....

    my current chain has seen a fair few miles on it, and i think its time I changed it, as its a tad stretched too!

    but looking at the online sites, theres so much choice of what to buy!

    i dont want to break the bank, but i need a decent chain for my best bike, which is used for a lot of racing, plus training aswel!

    ive heard a lot about KMC chains? anyone any info?

    i run 10speed 105 if that matters?

    thanks
     
  2. SRAM are always my first choice, the more you spend the more plating you get and the longer they last. Within reason. Their top chains have hollow pins too, which is nice....

    Invest in a chain checker to prevent knackering your cassette. Again.
     
  3. Young Un

    Young Un New Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    after how many miles should you change the chain out of interest??
     
  4. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Mine have only lasted about 1500miles tops. Last one was 1000miles.
    Get a chain wear indicator or go onto Sheldon Browns page and he has a guide which you can use to see how stretched your chain is, and if you need a new chain. I put it down on a block of wood and use that as a guide, then take it to the LBS when it gets close and i get told roughly how many miles i got left then.
     
  5. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    I get about 5000 miles out of mine however I read somewhere that chains last longer on smaller hubs. Oh the joy of my 12 speed 1980's dawes :sad:
     
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    KMC are good as are SRAM - get one of the better ones if the budget stretches...
     
  7. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I wish my hub was smaller aswell. I'm only running an 8 though. Would hate to think how long an 11 speed would last:eek:
    Still yet to try a KMC or a Sram chain. Used Shimano and Sun Race at the moment.
     
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    my current chain's about 1600 miles and counting
     
  9. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    How long has that taken you Bonj, and how many gears you got? Might be the lack of mudguards stop the run off water dripping on the chain :sad:
    The new chain isnt going too bad. I've been cleaning it alot more, after about every ride its had a wipe down and some oil put on it. Not sure how long its lasted though. Will find out tomorrow when i know when i got the new chain. Must be about 1000miles and its still going alright, i think:wacko:
     
  10. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I've just fitted a 9spd fairly cheap KMC chain and it seems fine, better than the Ultegra one it replaced. Regarding plating, I read an article/interview from a KMC guy who let slip that the plating adds little technical value to a chain, so go for something plain.
    The SRAM hollow-pins look good though.
     
  11. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    KMC are good. And they come with one of the better links.
     
  12. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    get a connex whipperman titanium, about £220 if i recall.
     
  13. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    Location:
    near Hornsea
    Another recommendation for KMC. I've just fit a KMC on my 10 spd 105 & it runs smoother than the previous 105 chain & about half the price :biggrin:
     
  14. Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    I was recommended a KMC (by Fossyant IIRC) and so far its been superb.

    I killed my stock SCR3 chain in 700 miles, this one has done just over that and is nowhere near the chain wear indicator slipping in :biggrin:

    Mind you, looking back, the stock chain was a KMC too, maybe a very low spec one?
    This is the chain I'm currently using.