A key part of your bike (conventional and eBike) is your bike’s chain. Bike chains are the vital link (pun intended!) to the smooth operation of your ride.

Over time, bike chains eventually wear and stretch. If you proactively monitor this and replace the chain before it is totally worn out, the cost is relatively low – $20-$70 – depending on the bike/chain. But, if the chain goes beyond it’s intended wear point, it will cause very uneven wear of your front and/or rear sprockets. Then, instead of a simple chain replacement, the more expensive front and/or rear sprockets may need to be replaced, or the bike won’t shift well.

How do you monitor your chain wear? First option is to drop by our shop (or any bike shop) and we can measure your chain wear in less than a minute. We do this for free, and it’s included in our Standard Tune-up. Second option is to purchase a simple chain wear measurement tool for about $10 to keep an eye on it yourself.

How long do chains last? This will vary greatly depending on the bike/chain, how often the chain is cleaned and lubricated, and in what conditions the bike is ridden and stored. A good quality chain can last anywhere from a few hundred miles to several thousand miles, or longer.

Look after your chain and your bike will look after you.