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Putting pins back into a chain(3 posts)

Putting pins back into a chaincampyguy
Jun 19, 2001 12:19 AM
Hello-
I don't know if it is just the tool I am using, but boy is it a pain in the butt to put pins back into a chain once I have removed them with a breaker. What a task to line the thing up just right and then hope to get it started (without it turning slightly sideways in the link and all that)... Do I just stink at this? I am using a very small cheap-o chain tool. Do I just need a better chain tool? Are you supposed to replace pins once removed? Help!

-Campy Guy
Chain pinsCima Coppi
Jun 19, 2001 7:18 AM
The pins are not supposed to be removed completely with the chain tool. You are supposed to push the pin out enough to pull the inner link out, leaving the pin "sticking out" of the outer link. That way, when you put the chain back together, the pin is lined up and ready to be pushed back through the link.
Removal is painfulKerry Irons
Jun 20, 2001 6:52 PM
That's right, the pins should never be removed. A further consideration might be to only push them far enough out so that the chain will separate after a significant twist - it doesn't just slide apart. Also, as questioned, the use of a cheesy chain tool certainly won't help. A good tool PLUS good technique make this an easy job.