Joining chains together

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by YukonBoy, 21 Jul 2019.

  1. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Location:
    Inside my skull
    When fitting new chains, how are you connecting them up?

    Pins
    Chain links
    Voodoo magic
     
  2. DRHysted

    DRHysted Veteran

    Location:
    New Forest
    Quick links that are supplied with the chain.
     
  3. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    Quick link
     
  4. bobcolover

    bobcolover Über Member

    Location:
    south london
    Quick link
     
  5. Slioch

    Slioch Guru

    Location:
    York
    I always buy KMC chains, as they come with a quicklink included.
     
  6. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Kmc chains with supplied quicklink. Only had a quicklink fail once in many chains and many thousands of miles and that was on a new bike within a hundred miles so I strongly suspect some wrong-doing during initial installation at the factory (but not sure how it could be done wrong as it is stupidly simple to fit?)
     
  7. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    Quick links although sometimes I call them Slow Links.

    Also just use the chain splitter to re-join them on my 1/8th chains.
     
  8. Bad Machine

    Bad Machine In the garage .....

    Location:
    East Anglia
    .....until exactly three weeks ago my ICE Adventure had approx. 2.5 x SRAM PC971 joined with three quicklinks.
    Then, whilst climbing a steep hill, I changed down to the granny on the front, and heard a "zzzzping" before coming to a halt.
    One of the quicklinks had come apart; I found one half on the road just behind me, but not the other. And to my dismay, the repair kit had neither a replacement quicklink, nor a chain splitter tool.
    "Necessity is the mother of invention": a D-lock's steel cable (one end wrapped around the front derailleur post) acting as a tow rope makes the "walk of shame" home slightly less uncomfortable. :sad:

    I had to clean the chain before refitting - I've also reduced the quicklink count to one. Oh, and there's a quicklink and a chain tool in the repair kit now........
     
  9. Ian H

    Ian H I am an ancient randonneur, & I stop often for tea

    Location:
    East Devon
    I went to quick-links when I moved to 10-speed. However, I inadvertently shortened the current chain to the wrong half-link, thought soddit, and joined it the 'traditional' way (with care). It's lasted over 2000k so far.
     
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  10. voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    We join the chains with the chain link tool , no quick links as they are always the weak point .

    regards Emma
     
  11. Bianchi boy

    Bianchi boy Senior Member

    Location:
    North wales
    Use F,S,A Chains they always come with a quick link, :dance:
     
  12. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Voodoo Magic
     
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  13. recumbentpanda

    recumbentpanda Über Member

    Forget where, but recently read a thread about how modern ‘narrow gauge’ chains designed for blocks with more that 5 or 6 cogs cannot be safely connected with a chain tool. This is because they use a different style of riveting that is damaged by removing the rivet. Some can be ‘re-peened’ using a special tool, but you need to know which makes/models this is OK for.

    Conclusion: the only safe method for 9 speed and up is to use quick links, (and don’t forget most of these are ‘one-shot’ only and should not be re-used).

    An alternative, if you can find it, is to have your chain cut to length from a bulk reel (some bike shops can do this) and use just a single link.

    <Safety note ends>
     
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  14. voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    l saw that 9 speed shimano chains had a single use link , most 7 & 8 speed chains are okay to join with a chain link tool.
     
  15. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    How often have you heard someone saying they need a fifteen foot chain though?
     
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