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Old 05-04-06, 10:37 PM   #1
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Removing the guide pin? (chain installation)

Ugh, why did I get a Shimano chain when the SRAM chain was soooo easy to install last time? Apparently this 9-speed "HG" chain has a guide pin stuck to a "reinforcing" pin which help install the latter. OK, it's in, but how do I break off the bleeping guide pin? TIA.

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brute force. it should snap off easily.
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Thanks. Do I pull on it or snap it sideways? The diagram which came with the chain suggests pulling.
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grab it w/ some pliers and snap it sideways. it should be really easy. They are made to break there. Park has some pretty good pages on bike maintenance. here's the relevant page. shimano is about 1/2way down.http://parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=25
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Wo0t! Thanks, finally got it. Once again, one of the handiest tools known to man comes to the rescue, the venerable visegrips!
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