Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Gainesville/Tampa, FL
Bikes: Trek 1000, two mtbs and working on a fixie for commuting.
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Emergency? Yes. If you want to keep it on though, for the sake of laziness as I do, it would do you well to have all the parts on hand for a full repair. For the latter I just have an extra Wipperman ConneXs on hand and a chain tool.
It isn't always a catastrophic thing, but unfortunately it is more likely to break under a high load which is usually the worst time, i.e. when you you using a lot of muscle going up hill, etc.
EDIT: Hmm, I was getting links and pins confused. Basically, I have reused pins before and whenever my chain breaks I will always bet my life that it was the reused pin. Not the best idea but will work in a jiffy.
Last edited by z415; 08-31-08 at 12:09 AM.