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I noticed while riding my chain seems to sound like its grinding. I've checked the slack, its fine. Its still lubed from when it left the dealer. So why is it so rough sounding? Has anyone else had this issue or is that how its supposed to sound?
 

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Run maxima chain lube and 35mm slack minimum, and make sure the wheel is aligned. (check to see which side of the sprocket has wear and adjust accordingly, or use a stringline)
 

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The little "laser lights" used as pointers (and cat exercisers) and in at least a few levels (I borrow my wife's Black and Decker level) are excellent for checking the alignment before side panels/chain guards, etc. are re-installed.
 

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That is not normal!! If it's not sand/grit do as the others have suggested and check wheel alignment longtitudely. I use two straight edges on my bikes but I'm old fashioned. There are marks on the bike to check this but in my experience they are not always accurate.
 

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Im ordering a grunge brush and a stand next week so I can clean the chain properly. Other than that, its been raining constantly here so that may have washed away the oil that was on the chain. ill check it out in the morning
 

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Be sure the brush isn't a metal brush as it can damage the o rings in the chain. Also rain will dry your chain out. Also they put pure garbage on from the factory that is thin and slings off within a 100 miles! Both my bike and my wife's bike had a pitch black wheel after 100 miles from the chain slinging oil. I use the Maxima spray on wax and after 300+ miles my rear wheel is still clean when I re-lube it. Another thing is, you don't NEED a stand to lube your chain properly, it just makes it easier.
 
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