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Pulled chain off of my 105-equipped bike - dumb thing?(12 posts)

Pulled chain off of my 105-equipped bike - dumb thing?fracisco
Jun 25, 2002 6:31 PM
Okay, I wanted to do a complete cleaning of my Shimano 105 chain (I think that it's technically an HG-72 or 73), and so I used a friend's chain tool to remove what I think is the pin I am supposed to remove.

Can I use that same pin to reconnect the chain, or do I need a special new link for this chain? In other words can I put this back together tonight, or do I need to run to my LBS tomorrow and pick up a special pin?

Thanks!
if you removed the connector pin totally, no.weiwentg
Jun 25, 2002 6:43 PM
you can't technically re-use it. you should have left it hanging, but no big deal. pick up a SRAM powerlink from the bike store. that'll allow you to break the chain without a chain tool.
if you removed the connector pin totally, no.fracisco
Jun 25, 2002 6:58 PM
Well, it's still hanging in the one side. I didn't completely pop it out.

SRAM Powerlink? No chain tool needed? Where's the fun in that?
well, then you can pobably re-use itweiwentg
Jun 25, 2002 8:08 PM
the powerlink is pretty useful if you remove the chain often.
powerlinks sucksievers11
Jun 25, 2002 8:08 PM
I can't stand powerlinks, they just piss me off. I love SRAM chain, they are all that I use, I just don't use the powerlink, I have had nothing but bad luck with them, it is cool to beable to take your chain on and off quickly without tools. The problem is they come off on the road or train and you are sitting there coating with your chain 50 ft back lying in the street.

More power to you if you like them, I have given them more than a fair shot, and they shot nothin' but blanks.
elaborate on why, please. did your links disconnect mid-ride? nmweiwentg
Jun 25, 2002 8:09 PM
ya, mid ridesievers11
Jun 25, 2002 8:21 PM
I just fixed with multi-tool road side

This is an eventually type of thing, I can't just get out and replicate, but the cercimstances are the same. The acutally worked great for a while and I was very excited about them, but...

I start pounding and start creating a lot of vibration through the drive train and then, POW. The link works loose and the chain falls off. (Off road it happens when I am peddling hard down a downhill line.)

Done it twice on the raod and three times off road. I have stoped using them completely after I went through the whole, "maybe I just had a bad one" thing.
well, I suppose you could have mis-connected them...weiwentg
Jun 26, 2002 2:23 AM
that's the only explanation I can think of, because I never had problems, and most people who use them don't. perhaps your bike store got a bad batch, too.
I once got shipped two defective Daytona bottom brackets. the first one had severe play in the spindle, and the second one did too, but it wasn't as bad. the third one worked.
Really weirdMel Erickson
Jun 26, 2002 5:55 AM
I ride with 'em exclusively on road and mountain and most of my friends do to. Never heard of or seen this happen. I'm not doubting you but it's the first report of a problem like this I've heard. Did the bike shop have any explanation?
Replace the pin!Sintesi
Jun 26, 2002 4:55 AM
You can use these pins once. I tried to reuse one and it popped loose on me. Go down to the shop and buy two of three replacement pins.
Replace the pin!fracisco
Jun 26, 2002 5:36 AM
Will do! I'll go and get some replacement pins at lunch today.

Sounds like a cheap, bullet-proof answer.
I bought 2 Shimano pins at lunch. n/mfracisco
Jun 26, 2002 2:03 PM