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Old 11-28-2012, 10:00 AM
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As I had my wheel off to put the new tire on, I took a closer look at my sprocket and chain. They both seem to be in a good shape still; I have close to 25,000 miles on the bike and both sprockets and the chain are still stock. The way I see it - I can probably go another 10K on this sprocket at least, but I wanted to ask if someone is more experienced at reading sprocket wear to tell me if this is closer to gone than I think it really is?

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I've only seen one sprocket set so I don't have the level of experience you requested but I can see in your photo's that the leading edge is starting to wear (you can see a slight difference in the leading/trailing edge angles). You can certainly get some more miles out of it but is it worth it to pull the wheel off again in 5 - 10,000 miles when you already have it off now is what I would be thinking and that might depend on how long it takes you to put 10,000 miles on.
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I'm not a trained sprocket reader!

My impression is, that sprocket looks like it is in fine shape for a while yet.

The pattern from one side of the sprocket to the other seems a little odd, but doesn't appear to be of significant problem.

It seems that the rear wheel is slightly out of alignment.
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They look fine to me, but I can't imagine getting that life out of a sprocket. A front sprocket for me lasts about 10-15K miles, and I usually go through two fronts to every rear.
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That sprocket looks good.
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You must keep them lubed well for the small amount of wear showing......
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Thank you, everyone for your thoughts. It is good to learn to read this.

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You must keep them lubed well for the small amount of wear showing......
Actually... hmmm... I'd like to say that I am very good at keeping this stuff clean and lubed... alas that is not completely true.

I lube and clean the chain and the rear sprocket about every 600-1000 miles and have been known to go to Colorado and back without doing it at all (so about 2300 miles). When I clean it I soak with wd40 first, then wipe down and soak again if needed (all while on the bike). Then I dry it and spray on some Teflon spray lube. That's pretty much it. I then feel good about myself and go ride. And perhaps do it again in 500-1000 miles but I don't keep close track.

Exception is if I ride gravel or rain, then I do it all soon after coming back, mostly before next ride.

I dunno, I keep reading those threads about the Zen of chain maintenance and never quite get what the big deal is as it seems to last 25k with a little more than a lick and a promise?

Front sprocket I did not even see yet. I assume it is still there?

But then again even in this thread people say that their stuff wears much sooner so possibly my next sprocket/chain kit will be the Kryptonite for my way of doing it.
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The offsides wear lead me to question your whole cush hub

grab hold of the sprocket and try to pull it sideways relative to the wheel

Any movement is bad as your engine pulls with hundreds of pounds of force.

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Generally, your best bet is to grab the chain at 3:00 o'clock (midway around the sprocket) and try to pull it away from the sprocket. If it won't move far from the sprocket, you've got plenty of life left. I suspect this is what you'll find. However, if you can see much daylight between the chain and sprocket, you ought to start budgeting for replacements.
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