NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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First things first! Take an old spoke and cut it into a 6 inch piece. Bend both ends down. Use this to hold the chain together and provide you with some slack as you remove links, or put the chain back together.
I do what Klein suggested and put it into small - small and just enough to tension the derailleur.
I then (before I remove links) I'll carefully (difficult while chain is disconnected) put it in the big-big combo to make sure I'm not overtensioning the derailleur.
If you are caught in this situation (sometimes happens with Full suspension bikes in the rack without load on the suspension-or a 46 tooth chainring) it's better to have the chain too long rather than too short!
If the chain is too short and you shift to big-big, you'll rip the derailleur off the bike!
If the chain is too long, and you shift to small-small, the chain will slap the chainstay.
A slapping chain is better than a destroyed derailleur. Either way you shouldn't "cross-chain" to big-big or small-small under normal riding. You would shift to a more appropriate combination to get the same gear!
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