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You can put in gear and roll bike backwards to tighten upper run of chain. Then measure distance between 24 pins. Brand new-chain measures to exactly 15". Wear limit is 15-3/32". If it measures more than that between 24 pins, time to replace.
 

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Might want to implement regular chain cleaning & lubing routine. I lube every other tank, clean once a month. I like to use wax-based lube after cleaning with kerosene. Original chain is not stretched straight, some links are kinked, indicating lack of smooth rotation around pins. Increases wear significantly.



JT, long-time maker of sprockets, has their own X-ring chain now. I'm going to try it next time around.
 

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thanks for the tip. Wow, ok I definitely do not lube or clean anywhere close to as much as you do 😅

This chain has lasted me from July 1, 2016.

these are what I use:
How many miles since 1-jul-16?

Chain-Saver is good stuff.

Personally I like what Honda recommends for chain-lube. It's presented in video above.
 
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