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Hi guys,
I never done this (chain replacement) by myself yet.
Last week I successfully (?) replaced a chainring - first time. While I was doing that I found that another chainring also needs to be replaced and ZINN recommends replacing the chain when we replace the chainrings. So I am going to buy(order) a chain.

Which chain should I buy? Any chain with "9-speed" sign will fit?
Any infomation you want to share about chain replacement for beginner?

I have Trek8000 (2002 model) with;
DRIVETRAIN:
SHIFTERS: Shimano Deore LX
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Deore LX
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Deore XT
CRANKSET: Bontrager Race 44/32/22
CASSETTE: Shimano HG-50 11-32, 9spd

Thanks in advance.
 

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I would order a Sram chain as they have the 'powerlink' which means you can take the chain off your bike anytime you want.
I would either get the PC59, 69 or 99.
You might also want to get a new cassette aswell, as if your chainrings are worn and so is your chain, then chances are so is your cassette.
 

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But he still needs a chain breaking tool to make the chain the proper length.

SRAM, Shimano...matters not if you do it right. 9spd is what you want.
 

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all right, good infos - thanks

sounds like I have to check (replace) the cassette as well.
I am finding that it's kind of fun to play with a bike beside riding.

fred³ said:
But he still needs a chain breaking tool to make the chain the proper length.

SRAM, Shimano...matters not if you do it right. 9spd is what you want.
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I would order a Sram chain as they have the 'powerlink' which means you can take the chain off your bike anytime you want.
I would either get the PC59, 69 or 99.
You might also want to get a new cassette aswell, as if your chainrings are worn and so is your chain, then chances are so is your cassette.
 

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They're both right

You will need a chain breaker with any chain to reduce it to the correct legnth, and I do prefer SRAM as well, but that is just personal preference.... (You can use the SRAM PowerLInk on a Shimano chain as well.....)

You will want to find the minimum legnth of chain needed to ride big ring/big cassette combo, and add in one set of links, this should cover you for any gearing combo, and will give you the needed slack to shift into that combo.

Probably can see pictures of this on Parktools.com....

I agree with you, it is fun to learn how to do things yourself. Ask questions now, and it will be simple next time, (which may be on the trail). Good for you! :) :) :)
 
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