Checking the Chain
Recumbents have big expensive chains. The Slipstream has one of the biggest chains on any bike. Chains tend to stretch (wear) over time and need to be checked.
If you don’t replace a chain before it wears too much you will be replacing not just the chain but the chainrings and rear cogs. That can be expensive.
Luckily chains don’t have to be checked very often if you ride on the road and they are easy to check if you have an inexpensive tool.
As the video shows, measuring chain wear is easy. When the stretch measured start to approach 1.0″ it is time to replace your change. Measurement from 0.25″ to 0.5″ are typical of chains in good shape, new chains often have that much stretch. Those numbers are on the side of the Park CC-2 so you don’t have to worry about remembering them.
Take away: Check your chain every month if you are riding a lot, less if you aren’t putting many miles on. Do replace the chain before it gets to 1.0″ of stretch.