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Old 02-14-09, 12:07 PM
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broken chain

So i snapped my chain on my ride this morning. I only had 1 mile to go to get back to my apartment and was finishing up the last hill. I was out of the saddle and all of sudden, snap. The broken link has one side slight bent which caused the rest of the link to come off. Oh yeah this was not the masterlink either, right smack in the middle of the chain.

So I'm either crazy strong or the chain finally said no more, for now let me think that I'm that beastly.
One more thing, does anyone know how much force would be needed break a chain? just asking...
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Old 02-15-09, 09:18 AM
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- what kind of chain
- how many miles on it
- are you a smooth shifter or do you slam the gears
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Old 02-15-09, 12:17 PM
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Chains break all the time, usually because someone doesn't replace it soon enough or fails to take care of it. The amount of force required to break a 'healthy' chain is enormous.

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Old 02-15-09, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
- what kind of chain
- how many miles on it
- are you a smooth shifter or do you slam the gears
Ultegra 9spd, a few thousand, smooth shifter. I assume it was just from fatigue, but don't tell any of my that.
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Old 02-15-09, 12:33 PM
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Meant to say friends, as you can tell my proof reading sucks.
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Old 02-15-09, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by aperez8264 View Post
One more thing, does anyone know how much force would be needed break a chain? just asking...
Ask David Millar:

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Old 02-15-09, 03:09 PM
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I recently broke a chain, too; it's the only one I've ever broken. But I'm pretty sure I know why - it was at the end of its life and I had been doing uphill sprints, shifting under extreme load. When it broke I was cresting the hill and doing a double front/rear shift (Campy style).
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Old 02-15-09, 03:23 PM
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If the chain didn't eat your face after snapping, you obviously didn't go hard enough.
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Old 02-15-09, 04:33 PM
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Do you do alot of cross chaining? That puts alot of stress on the links.
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I tend to cross chain a lot when I do small ring stuff. I was in my 53x17 climbing a small when it snapped, which was at the top of the hill. I already bought a new chain, so no worries hear.
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