Does Your Chainring Need Replacement?

worn chain ringChainrings are fairly durable pieces of equipment. When a chain is properly cleaned, lubed, and swapped out on a regular basis, chainrings can last for 10,000 – 20,000 miles. However, if you don’t maintain your chain and you ride regularly on dirty, wet roads, your chainrings may exhibit signs of wear.

To find out if your chainrings are worn, take a close look at the teeth. Worn teeth will be asymmetrical and have a shark-fin like appearance. This is a sure sign that you need to head to your local shop and get some new rings. Teeth that are worn, by still symmetrical shouldn't be a problem unless your chain is skipping. Chain-skip is likely a result of worn chainring teeth. This can be potentially dangerous if your chain skips while pushing hard out of the saddle.

For information on how to change a chainring, check out this instructional video.