Saturday, January 2, 2010

Measuring Chain Wear

For a while, the thought of having worn-out chains on my bikes has been bothering me. So, today for therapy, I sought help from Sheldon. While Sheldon's suggestion to use a regular tape measure might work for some, I decided to go all-out and buy myself a Chain Wear Indicator from Park Tool.
This tool is really easy to use (which is exactly what I was looking for) and it appears to be really well made like any other Park Tool. I am a proud owner of a Park Tool Pedal Wrench PW-3, a really great product  made in USA!


Image above courtesy of REI.com
This wrench has made my life so much easier when it comes to removing pedals. It provides superb torque that even I can remove any ole stubborn pedal.

Now, back to where I digressed :)

The Chain Wear Indicator comes with crystal clear instructions.

I followed the instructions in English :)
 
Gikma's chain appears to be in good shape :)
 
The chains on the Cannondales F-6 and T-800 and my wife's Raleigh also passed the test. Hooray :)

At least for the time being, I can rest easy that I won't have to replace any expensive sprockets due to uneven chain wear.

If I can do it, so can you. So, you may want to check your chain ASAP :)

Peace :)




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