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Old 11-14-07, 09:40 PM   #1
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Quick release chain link?

I have a couple of old chains lying around the house, so I had this brilliant idea... ...well, this one idea to make a bike chain bracelet out of it. So I need some sort of connector for putting on and removing the bracelet. I thought a quick release link would fit the style and do the trick. So: do you know if there are any links that are truly quick-release - i.e. easily connected/disconnected multiple times without any tools?
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Old 11-14-07, 11:43 PM   #2
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http://www.google.com/search?tab=fw&...20chain%20link
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Old 11-15-07, 12:15 AM   #3
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And?....

I know master links exist. I also know that a lot of them are not easily disconnected by hand, and some are not meant to be disconnected at all. Moreover, very often this is not clearly described by the manufacturers or reviewers, not to mention that a lot of these tiny links don't get much of description at all. That's why I was asking for a specific recommendation of a specific link. Not for a generic Google search.
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Old 11-15-07, 12:48 AM   #4
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SRAM links are pretty easily connected/disconnected.

Or you could just use a normal jewelry clasp:

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Personally I stopped using the SRAM power link when I realized I could usually take the chain off faster with my chain tool (ohh and I had a power link come off on a ride). I suspect I could even do it one handed on my wrist. Okay maybe not quickly.
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Old 11-15-07, 12:05 PM   #6
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That just means that you're not very good at disengaging a powerlink.

If you know what you're doing, it's much faster to use a powerlink rather than a chain tool.
Though some SRAM powerlinks can be a real bear to take off. I've had one that I had to take a needlenose to, just to get the thing disengaged.
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Powerlinks can get stiff if they are unopened for prolonged periods, but I've never required tools to open one.

Of course, the OP is unlikely to put much force on the link using it as a bracelet. However I suspect she will then need to open it with one hand...
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I don't want to use a power tool anywhere near the veins in my wrist.

Think I'd vote for a regular jewelry clasp, but make sure it's one that works one-handed. I have a really nice chain bracelet that I rarely wear because it's such a pain to get off and on one-handed.
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I find the SRAM link to be really easy to use on the bike (easier to disconnect than to connect, but still pretty easy), but I can't imagine doing it one-handed, so I don't think it would be a good clasp for a bracelet. A jewelry clasp would be better.
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I had trouble with the sram link until I learned to squeeze it first, then it opens like a charm.
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SRAM links are pretty easily connected/disconnected.

Or you could just use a normal jewelry clasp
Thanks for info. Yep, definitely thought about the normal clasp, but I really like how it would look with a powerlink.

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I don't want to use a power tool anywhere near the veins in my wrist.
Power tools?

If all else fails, you can always use a chain breaker...

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Think I'd vote for a regular jewelry clasp, but make sure it's one that works one-handed. I have a really nice chain bracelet that I rarely wear because it's such a pain to get off and on one-handed.
Yeah, whatever I settle on, it should be easily openable by one hand.
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Use the jewelry link as in post #4.
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Bracelet? Nah. Make a choker style necklace.
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Old 11-16-07, 09:45 PM   #14
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Bracelet? Nah. Make a choker style necklace.
And put it on my boyfriend. Good idea.

I might make a necklace too, and also a bike-parts belt with chain links incorporated in it. I have a lot of spare chains lying around...

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I'd have to second the powerlink idea
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