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How would I take a shimano chain off?(5 posts)

How would I take a shimano chain off?rrjc5488
Aug 4, 2003 9:21 PM
I've heard that wipperman and sram chains are alot easier to take off the bike because they have a link that you can slide out(?). But I was wondering how would I take a shimano chain off to clean? Just a normal chain tool? Is there any marked specific link to take out? thanks
re: How would I take a shimano chain off?Rob11966
Aug 5, 2003 2:09 AM
Use a link pin remover (normal chain tool), pop out any link and replace this link with a Connex link (made by Wipperman). You should be able to get one at the LBS, they cost about 3 bucks and you can then take off the chain as often as you like. They work fine. I have always used them on my Shimano chains. No probs at all.
re: How would I take a shimano chain off?NewDayNewWay
Aug 5, 2003 3:57 AM
No hitches? Sounds great, but I have never taken my chain off my bike (clean it on the bike) so that the integrety and strength of the chain is not impacted. If this special pin will allow me to take the chain off whenever I want without such any potential for concern, then I'll buy one today.

(However, I need a new chain, so I may move away from Shimanon...)
re: Connex LinkRob11966
Aug 5, 2003 4:58 AM
I have used the Connex link for about 5 years. It is not a pin but a whole link that simply falls apart when pushed back on itself at 90 degrees to the normal direction of the chain line. I have never had any problems with strength and never heard of one breaking. Experienced LBS owner swears by them and talked me into one. Would not go without one now!
I would be a little cautious of using another chain with your Shimano Group. Never tried it myself but there have been several (lengthy) threads on this website describing problems with shifting and noise. Not trying to buy into that arguement - can't comment from personal experience but it has been reported. has info about this & other (nm)marcoxxx
Aug 5, 2003 4:47 AM