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is it ok to run a chain 1 link short?(4 posts)

is it ok to run a chain 1 link short?luvmybike
May 20, 2003 6:47 AM
Chain broke on my mtn bike yesterday while putzing around in my yard. I can fix it by removing one link - does that affect things?

It started to rain so I just put it up but I was just curious if it can be left on or I should replace it to avoid damage. The chain really did not look in that bad of shape.
May 20, 2003 12:41 PM
The only problem you might have is if you crosschain - that is, you're in your biggest chainring and in your biggest cog (which you shouldn't do anyway). In this situation you might not have enough chain to wrap all those teeth, and you'll break the chain again or possibly mess up your derailleur. If, however, you don't cross-chain, you will find that the shorter chain is quieter and shifts better anyway. The reality is that your chain should always be as short as you can get away with it, so I wouldn't worry about that one link.
May 20, 2003 12:57 PM
good- i generally try and stay away from "crosschaining" (new term for me.) actually my goal is to keep the chain in as straight an alignment I possibly can.

thanks -
May 20, 2003 4:40 PM
if you go big / big on a stand see if pulley arm comes all the way forward, do slow and easy. if you avoid it altogether don't worry about it. You can always hit your LBS for extra links. I always have a few in my toolbox