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Old 12-02-07, 09:34 PM   #1
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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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Old 12-02-07, 09:38 PM   #2
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You may be able to get away with remove just the one link, or replacing the link.
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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.

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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.
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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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