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Originally Posted by dudezor
My first thought was a stiff link too, and you can do something about that. You have to take the chain off, bend all of the links until you find the culprit/s (if any), then you can bend the chain back and forth laterally on the pin of the stiff link to loosen it up.
Otherwise it could be the classic "cog and lockring aren't tightened down properly".
I found out another way - instead of putting the chain on the sticking-out bit of the chain tool furthest away from the 'pusher', as you would normally to put a link in (I need to brush up my terminology a bit here, but bear with me
), put it on the next on along (the one nearest to the pusher). This means that instead of pushing all the bits of the chain together, it pushes them apart (because the force is applied to the pusher side of the chain).
You still need to do it the normal way if you're actually connecting two links, but if they are stuck then push the link apart by half a turn or so, and it should be fine.
I generally find that cheap chains (BMX ones in particular) need this treatment, while more expensive 9 and 8 speed ones don't.
I hope that helps, and that it was clear enough (it really needs a diagram).