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Call me a bonehead, but how do I remove my chain?(12 posts)

Call me a bonehead, but how do I remove my chain?mb_Cik
Jul 30, 2002 6:51 AM
I assume there is a link that your supposed to remove. Well I found a link that's different than the others but couldn't figure out how to remove it. Any suggestions?
what kind of chain do you have? (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 30, 2002 6:52 AM
what kind of chain do you have? (nm)mb_Cik
Jul 30, 2002 6:58 AM
I know it's a Shimano and it's 9-speed. It's what came standard with my bike (Cannondale F600). I didn't know there was a difference? Can you tell I'm new to this?
_Bike_ Chain (nm)grzy
Jul 30, 2002 5:09 PM
Use some bolt cutters. (nm)onespeed
Jul 30, 2002 7:10 AM
try thisjromack
Jul 30, 2002 7:14 AM
http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQchnRe.shtml

Cannondale chains have a "factory link" but it's difficult to remove. Use a good chain tool.

Why are you removing it?
try thismb_Cik
Jul 30, 2002 7:19 AM
Removing it cause I'm putting my bike in my car for a drive down to Los Angeles (from Portland) and I wanted my bike to be as clean as possible. So I "assumed" removing the chain would be easiest way to clean it and the other parts.
Troll or not?tronracer
Jul 30, 2002 7:41 AM
Either way, don't remove the chain. Each time, it weakens it. And a chain is only as strong as....
Troll or not?mb_Cik
Jul 30, 2002 7:57 AM
How would you recommend I clean it then? I've seen those snap on cleaners but are they any good?
Start with a chain cleaner thingy...klay
Jul 30, 2002 9:09 AM
... to get the heavy stuff and to soak the chain with degreaser. Then, move onto an tooth brush with more degreaser (choose your favorite - I like Pedro's).

That should get most of it off. Finish up with a few rags. Make sure you clean the rings, the cogs and derailleur too. There ya go - a clean drive train. Let it dry for a bit before applying chain lube.

YOu could take it off to clean but I don't think that it's a good idea to take it off each time you clean. Maybe to give it a good cleaning a few times a year...

K
Start with a chain cleaner thingy...mb_Cik
Jul 30, 2002 9:58 AM
Thanks! Apreciate your help.
Skip the chain cleaner thingyKerry
Jul 30, 2002 5:07 PM
Assuming we're talking road riding, use the following technique for successful ProLink application and use:
1 - wipe the chain, cogs, pulleys, and chainrings clean with a rag.
2 - sluice on ProLink while pedaling (forward is better) so that the chain starts to drip lube. Aim the lube between the side plates and between the bushings and the side plates.
3 - run through all the gears several times, front and back.
4 - wipe the chain, cogs, pulleys, and chainrings clean with a rag.
5 - repeat 2-4 if the chain was really dirty

If you do this every 300 miles or so, you will not get any significant gunky buildup, and you won't have to clean the chain.