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    Reusing Shimano pins?

    OK, I know the deal with Shimano chains is that you are supposed to get the replacement pins, but if I'm in a pinch and haven't taken the pin all the way out of the outer plate (like I would on a standard chain) can I get by using the chain? I want to throw one on a fixed-gear bike (does less flex make a difference?) and I'm short on chains. At worst case I'll grab one from another bike, just wanted to know. Thanks!

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    I considered that but was told it's a no-no. I just went w/ the cheapest SRAM chain I could find. The powerlink is nice.

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    Hey Ryan,
    Yes you could press that pin back in if your in a pinch. Just don't lube it like I've seen many people do. What I would recommend is going to the shop and buying a Wipperman reusable link. Their only a couple of bucks and you'll never have to reuse a pin again. They are the same idea as a Sram powerlink, and compatable with Shimano chains.
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    Rad! Thanks guys. I'll probably just end up getting another chain since I mostly ride fixed gear these days, don't have much use for a derailler chain that I have to get supplemental parts for.

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    Since the stakes are high with a broken chain, I do not reuse pins. I assemble a chain once, clean and lube it without ever removing it, and eventually replace it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan_c
    OK, I know the deal with Shimano chains is that you are supposed to get the replacement pins, but if I'm in a pinch and haven't taken the pin all the way out of the outer plate (like I would on a standard chain) can I get by using the chain? I want to throw one on a fixed-gear bike (does less flex make a difference?) and I'm short on chains. At worst case I'll grab one from another bike, just wanted to know. Thanks!
    Done it many times, never died, never blew the chain. Make sure you put the rivet back in equally, i.e. not sticking one side or the other, and make sure you don't create a stiff link - twist it a bit side to side. I finally replaced my old Shimano chain with SRAM with quick link. But it wore out way before it broke.

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    That's why I hate Shimano chains. Repalce them with SRAMs and be done with it!
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    Used a Shimano chain without the special rivet on an MTB that now tows heavy loads in a trailer.

    Just replaced the SRAM chain on my rando bike with a Shimano one, but used a Conex link instead of the rivet. I prefer the SRAM link to the Conex for ease of joining, but both make off-the-bike chain-cleaning much easier.

    Went to the Shimano chain this time only because the SRAM distributor in Australia is changing hands, and stock in bike shops is at a low, low level... I could not get a PC49 chain nor a 32-11 nine-speed rear cassette anywhere in the city.

    I've never had a chain fail on a bike I have been riding. I have had only two chain failures on bikes when I hired them.

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    I did this once and it came apart while offroading on a really steep climb (full force pedalling). Smashed my knee into the stem. Hurt like hell. Could have broken it (stem -hehehe). If you're riding fixed, especially if you're not using brakes, I wouldn't even consider reusing that pin. Why risk that? Some things you don't skimp on.

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