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Chain on and offpkompath
Nov 29, 2001 12:29 PM
Just received a new frame and am putting the components on. Replacing the chain seems to be the most difficult. Can any schmoe put the chain on without special tools-besides the chain tool?
Let me get this straightRed
Nov 29, 2001 12:47 PM
you're building up a new bike and you don't own a chain tool? What do you have for tools now--a pliers, crescent wrench and a screwdriver? get the right tools man!!!! Also be careful with the BB and headset. Most often they need to be faced before installing hardware.
Let me get this straightpkompath
Nov 29, 2001 1:04 PM
I do have the chain tool. I've used it before, and Im just trying to make it easier for myself, especially in the reconnection of the chain.
Let me get this straightRusty Coggs
Nov 29, 2001 5:41 PM
You reconnect the chain with a chain tool. Or,better yet use a powerlink type connection that requires no tool. You will still need the tool to break a new chain to get it to the right length.
re: Chain on and offtubs
Nov 29, 2001 1:17 PM
No problem. You can re-join your chain with a Sedis or Taya or Wipperman quick link. I have used all of these. My prefered set up is to use a Sedis chain with its own link. It is a slip together type of arrangement which you can undo/redo in seconds over and over again if you wish. I have done thousands of miles on them, both training and race and have never had a failure. Why people insist on endless chains is frankly beyond me! As far as I know, these are only available for 9 speed chains, but I have also used a 9 speed chain on my 10 sp. Record, so what the hell!
Although I have never heard of it happening, no doubt there will be a flood of respondents saying they know of people who have broken these, but endless chains break too.
re: Chain on and offcyclaholic
Nov 29, 2001 2:18 PM
I kinda wonder, too, from this question if you may be in over your head on this build-up. I particularly wonder if you can handle the headset.
But, assuming all is well and you know what you're doing, you don't have to break a chain to put it on. The front derailleur cage can be opened and the idler pulley can be removed from the rear derailleur. Just gently work the chain in place, put the screw back in on the front derailleur and replace the idler pulley with the chain in place.
But using the Shimano replacement pins is a piece of cake, provided you use the right ones. Silver for 9 speed and black for 8 speed. They "click" when they are set. Then just take a pair of pliers and break off the excess.
You should know that, though, before you attempt to build up a bike. Good luck.
You do if you want it to go around the chainstay(nm)ohio
Nov 29, 2001 10:06 PM