Rookie Chain Question

Postby HM12 on Mon 3/Oct/16 12:58pm

Hi there, i want to replace just my chain (2 x 10) before I need to do cassette as well. I have a replacement chain but no joiner pin. Keen to do this myself, here's the question: Can I just use my chain breaker to shorten new chain to correct length (same number of links as chain being replaced), purchase a quick link from LBS and chuck it on or is the quick link just supposed to be a temp fix? That seems the easiest way or alternatively do I get hold of a joiner pin instead? Cheers
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Re: Rookie Chain Question

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Mon 3/Oct/16 1:24pm

You'll be right.
I've used quick links on my bikes for years with no issues.
Hate those joining pins.
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Re: Rookie Chain Question

Postby Klarkash-ton on Mon 3/Oct/16 1:33pm

installing a quick link on your chain is a common practice to aid cleaning. Shouldn't be a problem as long as the quick link is compatible with the chain: for 10 speed KMC make a version for Shimano/SRAM, and another for Campagnolo. '

SRAM chains came with a speedlink that was only supposed to be used once, not disconnected and reconnected regularly.

you should be able to buy spare pins for shimano.
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Re: Rookie Chain Question

Postby AgrAde on Mon 3/Oct/16 6:01pm

I've always had good luck with kmc and sram 10sp quick links (on my shimano chain). Even if the sram ones aren't supposed to be re-used and are virtually impossible to open without a tool, I've got one that's been opened and reinstalled maybe 3-4 times and it doesn't seem to have suffered.
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Re: Rookie Chain Question

Postby Velocipedestrian on Mon 3/Oct/16 7:18pm

KMC make reusable links to fit shimano chains.
Get thee to the LBS.
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Re: Rookie Chain Question

Postby HM12 on Tue 4/Oct/16 1:47pm

Cool, thanks for that.
Cheers
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Re: Rookie Chain Question

Postby Rik on Wed 5/Oct/16 9:53am

Klarkash-ton wrote:installing a quick link on your chain is a common practice to aid cleaning.


How many times could one expect to do this before the link compromises it's ability to "link"? because I clean my chain in situ with one of those chain cleaning dohickies, and wonder if removing the chain is the better way to go.
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Re: Rookie Chain Question

Postby Klarkash-ton on Wed 5/Oct/16 5:19pm

I've only taken mine apart 3 or 4 times, but it seems fine. I put a gold link on to give me an easy reference when oiling the chain.

I did take a SRAM one apart and get it back together, but the bike met a car soon afterwards so can't report on whether it reduced the life of the chain.

Also apparently there are counterfeit KMC branded links out there :rolleyes:
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Re: Rookie Chain Question

Postby huffnpuff on Wed 5/Oct/16 7:29pm

My chain comes off once a week for a good clean up and lube. Saves a lot of mess on the cassette.

I use a new link on a new chain, but then keep using that link for the life of the chain, which for me is about 6 months, so about 25 remove/replace cycles.

Have never had a problem with any I've used no matter the brand. Having said that,at my age I'm a spinner rather than grinder so I'm not that hard on them, but i do do a lot of climbing. YMMV
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Re: Rookie Chain Question

Postby swtchbckr on Thu 6/Oct/16 3:59pm

I've run chains with multiple quicklinks in them for years with no problems...

hth,

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