I am changing the chainrings on my bike from the 22-32-42 that is on it, to a Sugino XD300 26-36-46 I just ordered. I have two Sram PC-58 chains that I rotate every 400 miles or so. They are still relatively new, but I wonder whether I can add the links I removed to size for my new 26-36-46 chainring and still ride safely. I am kinda worried about that adage that "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link".
I would hate to just toss chains that are really still new, but I also do not want to have my chain come apart while pedaling up a hill either.
Please let me know what you suggest is the safest way forward.