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    just going for a ride... lbear's Avatar
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    KMC Missing link

    I have a "new for me" Lemond that came with a KMC 10S Missing link. This is the first removable link I have had on a chain. Do they work? Do you need a special tool like Parks MLP-1 ? http://www.parktool.com/products/det...t=5&item=MLP-1
    Is it a single-use link? I have seen conflicting info on if its single use or not. How many times can you take it off before it gets to loose?
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    The Park Tool works quite well, but you can get the link apart with needle nosed pliers if the nose of them will fit inside the links. I have also had fair luck getting these links apart just by pushing the chain backwards across the link also.

    Some of these links the packaging will say single use, but I have had mine apart on my MTB 4-5 times for cleaning the chain with no issues. I DO USE A NEW ONE WITH EACH NEW CHAIN. But I also keep the quick link and put it in my parts bag for emergency road/off-road repairs.
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    The ones that say single-use mean it. Don't re-use them They really aren't "quick links" as is commonly understood.

    lbear, you don't need a special tool, but having one makes it easier. You can do it with your fingers once you figure out how. KMC brand is just fine.
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