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Old 12-11-02, 01:44 PM
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Toolfreak's suggestion to take off another link will work. It will work your drive train harder - your chain and chainrings will wear ever so slightly faster.

If you have the time and the patience, put the links in place (forget about the chain tool for a minute) and line up the holes. Put the pin in place. Use a pliers to press the pin into place. With the pliers, you should be able to get the pin in about 1/4 of the way or so. This is enough for you to then use the chain tool to get the pin in the rest of the way.

By the way, the repaired link is always a bit stiff. After you have the pin in place, grab the chain in both hands and work the chain near the link back and forth IN THE NON-BENDING SIDEWAYS DIRECTION. This will loosen the stiffness in the link.

Good luck!
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