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Originally Posted by k.rad View Post
My roommate is a bike mechanic and advises against using a master link, as he himself has snapped two. Granted, his chainline was far from perfect, but the fact still remains that twice it was the master link that gave out first. Perhaps with a decent chainline this problem doesn't exist.

Repeatedly removing and resinstalling your chain without a master link is not a very smart thing to do. Reinserting a pin with a chain tool can damage the link. Use the masterlink...its much safer, that is, assuming the bike was built by a competent person. Your roommate is not qualified to be a bike mechanic, apparently. He should fix his chainline and also learn how to install a chain. Masterlinks can handle as much tension as any other link.
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