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    I hate my chain

    I have a Shimano HG72 chain on my bike. I took it off to clean it and I'll be danged if I can get it back on. I broke a chain tool pin trying to get the pin pushed back in. I even took the darned thing in and had the link replaced that was damaged by the chain tool. I can't get it back together, so my question is this; what replacement chain will work? HG73 or can I get a comparable Sram chain that will work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankaddict
    I have a Shimano HG72 chain on my bike. I took it off to clean it and I'll be danged if I can get it back on. I broke a chain tool pin trying to get the pin pushed back in. I even took the darned thing in and had the link replaced that was damaged by the chain tool. I can't get it back together, so my question is this; what replacement chain will work? HG73 or can I get a comparable Sram chain that will work?

    You shouldent have taken it off in the first place, all you need is a new pin installed into a non damaged link.

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    Are you trying to reuse the pin you took out? With Shimano you must use a new link to reasemble the chain. Or just get a power link.... I've been using power links on all my bikes and have yet to have one fail.
    Sram chains come with a power link now
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    A sram pc-68 would be a good replacement.
    (With a shimano chain push the pin all the way out and then replace it with a new pin that has a guide to hold the chain together until you get the tool in position. You need to push a different pin out each time as the removal flares the hole a bit)
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    I just ordered a new PC68 for my Bianchi, along with a few other items to complete my off-season stripdown. It is amazing how much crud can get into the nooks and crannies that you don't notice during routine cleanings. I always take this opportunity to strip the bike to a bare frame, touch up the paint, and clean, polish, lube, etc everything on the bike. It is a very zen thing for me. It allows me to stay as one with the bike during the crappy winters we tend to get up here in New England.

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    Thank you, everyone. I was going crazy thinking I was doing something wrong, now I know I was!. I'll look into the pc68 with a power link. I have power links on my other bikes to avoid this problem. I just did not know which Sram chain was the replacement for the HG72.

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    On most of the SRAM chains, the last digit is the number of cogs- 69, 89, 99 are 9 speed and 48, 58, 68 are 7/8 speed.

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    I like SRAM chains too because of the master link. I've done the hyperglide pins successfully with the Shimano tool, but really don't see the need for them.

    Also like the idea of aftermarket drivetrain stuff. We may have to use Shimano (or Campy) shifters, but we don't need to keep buying their chains, chainrings or cassettes as replacements. A little competition is good.

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    I have 4,000+ miles on my first Wipperman Connex. So far, it is as good as 'they' say. Next season will be the real test. I've never gotten over 4,000 out of a chain, yet. So if this one gets 10K, as advertised, it will be worth every penny of the $50 I paid for it. And the link for easy removal/installation is a breeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ParamountScapin
    I have 4,000+ miles on my first Wipperman Connex. So far, it is as good as 'they' say. Next season will be the real test. I've never gotten over 4,000 out of a chain, yet. So if this one gets 10K, as advertised, it will be worth every penny of the $50 I paid for it. And the link for easy removal/installation is a breeze.
    It's no feat to get 8k, or better out of a $20 dura Ace chain. It's all about maintenance,conditions and rider strenth, not $50.

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    Shimano Chain

    Did you try to re-use the pin or insert a new pin. The Shimano chains require a new pin to be installed each time and I believe that you have to use a specific chain tool for their chains. I run the SRAM chains on all of my bikes with excellent success and you have the PowerLink to break the chain and clean it with ease and time and time again.

    Give the SRAM a look.

    Marc

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantmdb
    I believe that you have to use a specific chain tool for their chains. {Shimano**

    Marc
    NOway.

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