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Replacing chain for first time - anything I should know?(3 posts)

Replacing chain for first time - anything I should know?UncleMoe
Oct 9, 2002 1:43 PM
In my entire 12 years of bike riding, I have never replaced my own chain. So I went out and bought a chain tool and read the website and have the Zinn book for reference. I'm not to worried about the mechanics of it and getting the old chain off and the new one on, I also have the chain checker tool so I'm pretty confodent the cogs will be fine, but what I am worried about is not getting the chain fastened 100% correctly and the chain breaking apart on a ride.

Any advice on checking the chain after I install it?

Oh, it is also a 9 speed, and I'm a little worried cause the chain box says to use a special Shimano tool. I have the park chain tool, so should I be at all concerned about it?

The guy at the LBS said the 9 speed chains are just a little narrow, so be more gentle with it and the chain tool will work fine?
Don't put it on backwards!grzy
Oct 9, 2002 2:24 PM
Actually, you can't do that ;-)

Always use the special pins provided for the job, never reuse them and never break the chain in the same place twice. If you really want to make your life a little easier buy a single SRAM power link for about $5 - makes things pretty easy. However you still need the tool for sizing. Remember that 8 and 9 speed replacement pins aren't interchangable even though they measure 7.1 and 6.8 mm respectively - there is more of a difference thatn the 0.3 mm would lead you to believe.

The Park tool works great on 9 speed if you're talking about the large one - the little one is a pain in the ass b/c it doesn't really give you enough mechanical advantage.
Stop! Get a Sachs chain with the powerlink firstrtyszko
Oct 10, 2002 6:21 AM
These are really easy to install and remove for that matter.I've fiddled around with chain tools and installing those types of Shimano chains plenty of times to know that I'm nevr going back.

If you're going to install your own chain, just make sure that its the same length ( a fraction shorter really) when you size them up.