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    Have I ruined my new chain?

    I'm resurrecting my old Trek 1400, and had a LBS put a new chain on a few weeks ago. Today I replaced the front derailleur - I bought a chain tool and pressed a pin out to remove the chain. Now that I have it back on, it's binding at the pin I chose. The link won't swivel smoothly.

    Any way to fix this, or have I trashed it?
    - Pat

    '89 Trek 1400
    '95 Cannondale Killer V
    '07 Felt Z70
    '10 Giant Suede

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    Happens all the time. Prepare to get your hands dirty, or wear gloves.....

    Grab the chain in both hands, one on each side of the binding link. Now, gently flex the chain side to side. Don't try to bend the chain, just apply a little pressure. Normally, this will free up the link and all will be well.

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    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=53

    Bottom technique is the one described by Bikewer. I've always used the first (chaintool) technique.

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    Like butter again! Thanks, guys.
    - Pat

    '89 Trek 1400
    '95 Cannondale Killer V
    '07 Felt Z70
    '10 Giant Suede

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