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How to break Campy 10 speed chain?(4 posts)

How to break Campy 10 speed chain?Ken
Apr 29, 2001 4:46 AM
I have a new Record 10 speed setup and after 500 miles of riding I figure it's time to clean the chain. I find the permalink on the chain and put the Park Chain Link tool to a pin of the permalink and begin cranking down. The pin doesn't budge. I don't want to use too much force because the chain looks a little fragile and if I screw it up it may be a week or more before I can get a replacement.This is my first time doing this with a Campy 10 speed chain. What am I doing wrong? What is the proper way to break open this chain. Thanks for your help.

permalinks aren't supposed to be removed...dave
Apr 29, 2001 5:39 AM
Don't have campy's instructions that come with the chain? Permalinks can't be reinstalled. If you break it, you have to put in a new one.

Although some folks ignore campy's advise and use a standard chain tool to break the heads off the permalink pins, it's hard on the chain tool, and not what campy intended. I have removed permalinks by grinding the heads off the pins. A small grinding stone in a Dremel tool or electric drill works quickly.

Campy says to leave the old permalink in place and break another link at the oposite end of the chain. A new permalink is required to reconnect the chain. Some folks use a SRAM powerlink, but it's wider than a campy link, and kind of sloppy. Another alternative is to install a single 9 speed link (SRAM or campy)to replace the permalink. Some people have also been successfully removed the permalink and reassembled the chain without a special connecting link. There's little room for error in the reassembly, though.

The best thing to do is clean the chain on the bike. It's better than spending $13 for a new permalink, and having two of them on the chain.

Try using mineral spirits and synthetic motor oil in a 3/1 ratio, as a combination cleaner and lube. I've used this mixture for a couple of years, and never need to remove the chain for cleaning. The chain gets cleaned every time I lube it. The mixture should be applied heavily, and the chain wiped down thoroughly, after each application.
re: How to break Campy 10 speed chain?Ron L.
Apr 29, 2001 2:39 PM
Hey Ken, It's best to clean the chain while it's on the bike; but if you must take it off. The first thing you'll need is a new Permalink ($13.50)and a tool to put it in. This link will go in place of the Permalink you took out.
Use a regular chain tool and push out the OLD Permalink from the BACK SIDE (both pins). Toss that link and the pins in the trash. These links are good for about 3000 to 3200 mile us less you push and big gear and/or X-chain alot, then you get about 2500 miles out of it. After that, clean the chain and follow the instruction to install the new link. READ the first sentence again befor you do this.
re: How to break Campy 10 speed chain?blackjava
Apr 29, 2001 5:51 PM
Hi Ken,

For more info on Campy's chain or components, go to Campy's website or follow this link:¢er=pro_doc.html
All the user manuels are available online. Found them to be pretty useful.
Hope this helps :)