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    stuck links

    raced a great cross race today, but my derailleur kept on clunking around.

    came home, and discovered that the problem was a stiff link. My regular tricks didn't work. Any ideas?

    It's a shimano ultegra 10-speed chain, so I'd prefer to rescue it rather than scrap it--it's pretty new and has seen fair upkeep. There's what looks like a bit of scoring on the top of the stiff link which I'm guessing may have been caused by shifting under load.

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    You may be able to get away with remove just the one link, or replacing the link.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comradehoser View Post
    My regular tricks didn't work. Any ideas?

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    What're your regular tricks?

    I assume you tried grabbing and flexing the link in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the chainring?

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    Stick a flathead screwdriver in the big link and twist.
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    DieselDan: I'd rather not cut the chain, a) because the replacement pin costs, and because of my chains that have failed, they have failed at the replacement pin.

    mudpie: that would be my regular trick, plus the link-adjustment on my chain-breaker. Didn't do much.

    dr.raleigh: haven't tried that one.

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    Did you try adjusting the cross gears? That's most likely the problem.

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    the cross gears can kiss my @$$.

    'cause I'm just a young whippersnapper with no sense and pockets full of wrong.
    Last edited by comradehoser; 12-03-07 at 10:35 PM.

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    The more of this I read, the more I like my old 7-speed and SRAM chains. I had a similar problem and just removed the bad link, and the chain hasn't failed.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    you and me both, DieselDan, you and me both.

    screwdriver: no go. yet.

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    screwdriver didn't work out so well, so I went for the same idea with more leverage. Not really a great idea, as I managed to warp the outer plates a bit--but not enough to noticeably affect shifting (yet).

    went back at it with the "chain loosening" part of the chain breaker, and what do you know, it worked perfectly.

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