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Ok, so I just got back from a 6000 mile ride in 11 days. On my last day and a half, when I decelerated, I heard a noise from the chain. And when pulling up a steep hill near my house, it actually jumped a tooth or two.

Upon getting home, I noticed the chain has quite a bit of slack (I would guest-a-mate 1.5" - 1.75" un-laden on the center stand). I will get an actual measurement tomorrow.

So my question is, how can I tell if the chain needs to be replaced? When I bought the bike (used) in February it had 18,300 miles on it, and I have put another 8,700 miles on it since then and its just over 27,000 miles now. I believe it is the original chain. What is the frequency of replacement. I did lube the chain ever 1000 or so miles while on the road. The sprockets where replaced by the previous owner at 13,000 miles (I believe). They seem to look in fine shape. I am just not sure what constitutes a worn chain? Is it ok to just adjust the rear tire out some more (currently right about in the middle of the chain tensioner)?

Any direction someone could give me would be of great assistance.. thanks

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