i bought a new chain for my winter bike build, this is my first every DIY chain swap...
I am reading the directions and here is one of the bullet points:
"If it is necessary to adjust the length of the chain due to a change in the number of sprocket teeth, make the cut at some other place than the place where the chain has been joined using a reinforced connecting pin or an end pin. The chain will be damaged if it is cut at a place where it has been joined with a reinforced connecting pin or an end pin."
There is a diagram next to it showing what appears to be 3 different pin types on a chain, an end pin, a reinforced connecting pin (which i have in a seperate baggy), and the link pin.
Problem is, looking at my chain, all of the pins appear to be exactly the same. No variation whatsoever.
So my question is, which pin/link do I remove to shorten my chain without damaging it?
This is a shimano chain, HG40 for 6/7/8 speed bikes.