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Old 09-19-10, 07:34 AM   #1
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Campy 10 sp. chain and tool question.

I just picked up a new Campy chain and have to remove 3-4 links. I have a master link that I will use and will not be using the provided pin. Can I just my old chain tool to pop the link or will this damage the chain?
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Any modern 10 speed chain tool should work fine. An old chain tool made for wider chains may work, but sometimes the U-shaped guide in the center is too thick and will not allow the outer plate to rest properly against the back of the tool. I've fixed older Park tools by filing the U-shaped support thinner.
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Thanks Dave. I work in a machine shop and can grind down that center guide if needed. I purchased this bike used from a friend and it's the first time changing the chain. I already replaced the cassette last week. Should I replace the split link too? What brand is best for Campy?
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There are only a few master links that really fit a Campy chain proerly. KMC makes a special version of their missing link, a SRAM 10 powerlock should fit and Forster makes the superlink in a Campy model. Current Wipperman connex links are a sloppy fit, but they may still work adequately. I like the connex design best, but the company is just not interested in making links to fit any chain other than their own. It will fit KMC and Shimano chains, however.
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My old chain tool fit. I couldn't believe how much pressure it took to crack that link. I used the old two piece link for a short ride and everything worked well and shifted like butter. I have learned a lot about the 10 speed chains in the past weeks. I have read that I should change my 10 speed chain every 1500 to 2000 miles. That sounds crazy since I know how long my old 8 speed chains lasted.
Dave, what is your take on how many miles before changing out the chain?
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Dave, what is your take on how many miles before changing out the chain?

Do a search on chain life. The story can be long and complicated, but the bottom line is that I expect to get 3-5,000 miles from a 10 speed chain. I use a scale for measuring elongation, except with a Campy chain that is unlikely to elongate. I then use calipers to measure roller spacing and alternate to another chain in my 3-chian rotation, when a new chain's roller spacing is about .020 inch greater. I trash a chain at about .040 inch of spacing increase.
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