I took my chain off for the first time to clean it, and couldn't figure out the SRAM powerlink. So I used a breaker on it (the powerlink), and it did not snap back together right after putting it back on. I tried to ride it anyway (fail) and it flew off somewhere in the parking lot. I couldn't find the powerlink, so I returned home and tried to put the chain back on with a pin but it is too short after removing the half link (even in front of the drops).
Is my chain ruined, and do I need a new (longer) one? Or can I splice a piece of another piece chain into it? The bike is relatively new (approx. 100 miles on the drivetrain).
I'm going to have my LBS show me how to open the powerlink tonight, just curious if I should buy a new chain while I'm there.