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smaller chainring - chain trimming questionwolfereeno
Jan 13, 2004 2:40 PM
One more Q for you wizards.

I ordered a couple of smaller front chainrings to mess around with for my new Pista. A 44 and 40 (currently running 48x16).

Once I trim the chain to fit the smaller gear, can I add the links back if I go back to the larger gear? Do I need a special pin like my Shimano 9 speed group chain does?

The Pista's chain's listed as "KMC 1/2x3/32"

Is it common to add/remove links as one messes with the gears or is there a point where you're better off starting over with a new chain?

Thanks very much for all the help.

BTW, I rode today in the sleet on a totally flat path and the 48x16 was fun. But the hills are a bit of a grind. Can't wait to try the smaller gears in a day or two.

ok to add back linksDougSloan
Jan 13, 2004 2:44 PM
I'n the track chains, especially, I have found no problems in adding back links. Just did it again last night.

The stock gears on the Pista are pretty tall for hills.

I prefer changing cogs to rings. You get about 3x the movement in gear ratio for each tooth difference.

ok to add back linkswolfereeno
Jan 13, 2004 7:23 PM
The ring was $15 and a good cog was morem plus I'd have to buy a lockring tool. Also, I don't have any extra links to lengthen the chain so I'd need to get a new chain too. Times are lean :-)
ok to add back linksukiahb
Jan 14, 2004 8:55 AM
If you change rear cogs you usually don't need to fool with the chain as each one tooth change (chainring or cog) only moves the axle about 1/8" in the dropouts