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I can alway reuse chain pins. Right?(5 posts)

I can alway reuse chain pins. Right?Bruno S
Mar 20, 2003 4:36 PM
If I "break" a Dura-ace 9 speed chain to clean it, I can always use the pin I took out to put it back together. Right? New pins are longer to ease assembly but as long as I don't remove the pin completely I guess it should be OK. I've always used chains with the PowerLink but my new bike came with a duraace chain.
Depends on who you talk toKerry
Mar 20, 2003 4:57 PM
Shimano and many mechanics state that you risk failure by doing this. Same with Campy. The argument is that the pin heads are heavily mushroomed and that when you push them out you enlarge the hole and reduce the head size of the pin. Against this is the experience of many, from the very beginning, that they were able to make and break both C and S chains with normal chain tools and experienced no problems. Your move.
I can alway reuse chain pins. Right? I think wrong.davet
Mar 20, 2003 5:34 PM
For the relatively small price of new chain pins, I think that re-using one is false economy and leads to the risk of a long walk home.

IMO an even better solution would be an SRAM connector. Reusable again and again.
no dont risk it get a new one !!!nmthe bull
Mar 20, 2003 6:36 PM
my experiencelaffeaux
Mar 21, 2003 12:45 PM
With Shimano chains I've not had good luck reusing chain pins. While experimenting with gearing on a single speed I had the oportunity to break a chain and adding/subtracting links many times. The Shimano links did not like to be reassembled and, making the link work freely was not an easy job. However on Sram chains I found reusing links was no problem. I can't say if it's as strong afterwards (I've not had an issues), but there are no sticky link issues like the Shimano chains had.