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CONFESSION: DuraAce Chain Pins :-)(8 posts)

CONFESSION: DuraAce Chain Pins :-)Colombian Climber
Nov 2, 2001 9:57 AM
Confession: DuraAce Chain Pins :-)

Ok I have a confession to make. I have been racing since the early 90s and have used duraace chains ever since.

Well, that is not the confession. The real confession is that up to this day, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE EXTRA PINS ARE FOR!!!. I have read about it, and it just does not make sense. I have always simply take out a pin with a chain tool, not all the way but just enough for me to break the link. I then simply put the chain back together and close the same pin.

The issue is, I have NEVER had any types of problems. Almost 10 years and I have never broken a chain, or have a chain pin come loose eventhough I clean the chain after 300 miles. However, I do replace my chain before every season.


Have I just SIMPLY BEEN beating the adds? or is there something I am missing here? Do anyone else just put the extra pins in a box as I do and never touch them again? Should I start using them? if so, HOW?

All these years and I have been so fearful to ask :-).

Thanks. The little Colombian
re: CONFESSION: DuraAce Chain Pins :-)morey
Nov 2, 2001 10:01 AM
I have been doing the same thing with no problem!!!!!
Ditto (nm)Spokeman
Nov 2, 2001 10:22 AM
Hey, e-mail those extra pins to me. . .Mike P.
Nov 2, 2001 10:51 AM
I use the pins, now anyway.

I used to do the same as above with the old pin. I was riding a century last fall and the pin worked its way out, partially. All I could do is whimper as the pack I was with went out of sight. At least I had a chain tool. I was able to get the pin back in by the time the next group went by. I got in with them and 2 or 3 miles on the chain seperated again. I whimpered again as almost everyone else passed by. I had to take a link out because one plate was broken. I don't want to go through that again.

re: me too! nmdzrider
Nov 2, 2001 10:55 AM
same hereDog
Nov 2, 2001 11:18 AM
I think in reality the pins are for those who accidentally push the pin all the way out. Ever try to get a regular pin back in?

I've never had a problem doing it the old fashioned way, either. Just make sure the pin is in the right depth.

your screwedjakerider
Nov 2, 2001 12:21 PM
climber, morey, spokeman and Doug.
You have all gone and done it! Just wait, If you would not have said anything about it you would have gone the rest of your life without a problem. Now you have pissed off the gods of tranquility. You better pack a pin now.
One thing I don't suggest is..Dave Hickey
Nov 2, 2001 1:04 PM
Like all the above, I re-use the same pin. I've never has a problem, however I did have an eight speed chain that I pushed the pin out too far and it fell out. Rather than try to put it back in, I replaced it with a nine speed pin. Not my brightest move. About 15 miles into my ride, I heard a pop and looked down and saw(and felt) my chain pull apart. I ended up callng my wife to pick me up.