Changing chains and tyres - now or later?

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26/03/2011 at 17:15
What do other people do - change and tyres before they give out completely, or will till illegal / broken?

MOT is due in a month or so. Suspect I can can get it through the MOT with current chain and tyres (probably on advisory...) , but they're both getting on a bit.

Tyres are semi offroad type so have HUGE tread depth, but rear is squared off a fair bit due to predominantly boring A road use. Doesn't bother me to be honest, I just ride round it. Not sure how MOT guy will see it - can they fail tyres for squareness?

Chain has done at least 8k miles (during my 10 months of ownership) - no idea of history before that. Previously waited till chain snapped till I bothered to replace. Nowadays with higher percentage faster A road riding I'm considering splashing out 'early' on a new chain. Never had a high speed chain snap so not sure quite how bad it is?

27/03/2011 at 14:43

If you can afford it do it now. A broken chain can cause huge damage (or can just lie itself neatly on the road - but better not to risk it). Plus it'll be much nicer riding with a decent tyre.


2004 Triumph Tiger 955i
1955 Velocette Viper

27/03/2011 at 16:55
Change the chain.
Square tyres aren't much fun either so I'd be inclined to change the lot.
Edited: 27/03/2011 at 16:56
28/03/2011 at 10:36
Bike has a scottoiler I inherited with the bike. I've only had to adjust the chain once just after I bought it as it was a bit tight for my tastes. Not touched it since. I'm no expert on chains and although it isn't super flexible it doesn't, to me, feel bad at any one point.

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