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Campy chains breakingridewt
Jan 14, 2002 7:03 AM
My Campy 10 speed chain broke at the perma-link after a little less than 3,000 miles. Luckily, I was soft-pedalling and literally 100 feet from my house at the end of a cold 40 mile road. Any advice as to how often to change chains, how to avoid having a chain break in the future, how to complete an emergency roadside repair without carrying that large campy tool and a perma-link (for an emergency - can you just join the chain with a simple chain tool and forget about the permalink?), and, finally, any news on better after-market chains?
no, but 3 optionsgrandemamou
Jan 14, 2002 7:49 AM
I got 5k out of mine with no real problems. I replaced it a couple of days ago just in case. Mileage probably varies alot depending on riding style,size, and shift patterns. I weigh 145 and live in a pretty flat area. So that may have contributed to the longevity of mine.

Three options:

1.Campy chain with superlink III
2.wipperman 10spd
3.join W/O permalink

Never tried superlink III seen several threads that had good luck. Wipperman, I just installed one so I don't know how it will work out. Tried to join without permalink and did not have much success. Some people swear it works.

Don't know which is better you make the call.
option 3slow-ron
Jan 14, 2002 9:16 AM
I broke my perma-link right out of the box upon the initial assembly. I wanted to ride that day and the LBS was closed so I assembled the chain the old fashioned way. 2000 miles and no problems yet.
no, but 3 optionsridewt
Jan 14, 2002 9:28 AM
Thanks for your replies. Where is the best place to get a Wipperman chain?
Jan 14, 2002 9:41 AM
Has it for about $47
$47 for a chain? ill stick with campy 9 ....naff geezer
Jan 14, 2002 10:32 AM
and ride my fixed more often than not.
Jan 14, 2002 10:56 AM
has the 9-speed chain. call them and they MAY be able to order the campy-compatible one for you.
thanks weiwentg, but..naff geezer
Jan 14, 2002 4:36 PM
what i should have written is that ill stick with campy 9 speed and its numerous affordable chain options, such as the sachs that i use, and do without the extra 2 gears.

i appreciate the effort of checking out an alternate site for me to purchase though.


oh whats your handle about "weiwentg" as i have always wanted to ask?
thanks weiwentg, but..weiwentg
Jan 14, 2002 5:00 PM
weiwen = my name. supposedly it means 'great scholar' (I'm Chinese). look at my grades and laugh ;)
tg = The Great.
before anyone calls me an egotistical megalomaniac potential-mad-dictator-of-banana-republic, it's just a joke. really.

getting the wipperman 9-speed, then? I hear it's pretty good ... going to try it on my next cassette.
Superlink IIIKurt VF
Jan 14, 2002 3:30 PM
Branford Bike will have them for $8 each(they're out of them currently). Supposed to last 1500-2500 miles, and no tools are needed.
Superlink IIImackgoo
Jan 14, 2002 4:37 PM
I have over 2000 miles on mine now.
re: Campy chains breakingflying
Jan 14, 2002 10:45 AM
I use the SRAM 9 Gold link.
Never had a problem yet. ( About 2000 miles so far )
Plus it lets me pop the chain on & off by hand when cleaning the bike.

re: Campy chains breakingCT1
Jan 15, 2002 10:27 PM
I'm a big advocate of the Campy C10 chain with no PL. I've built lots of bikes with this combo and never had a problem. I get over 6K miles using Prolink chain lube.

BTW: when my PL blew apart at 3K miles my rear der literally flew into my rear wheel. NOT A PRETTY SIGHT!

PL' are potentially VERY bad news.