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Old 03-05-22, 05:30 PM
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what could go wrong?

installing a quick link backwards. on a 1 x 11. shimano.

i once re-used a sram link, twice. danger?
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Old 03-05-22, 05:42 PM
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Somebody sent me a used chain with some parts I bought. A little short, so I used the quick link that came with it.

I got to the corner about 1/4 mile from my house and the quick link just vanished without a trace.

So, a 1/4 mile walk back home.

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Old 03-05-22, 06:21 PM
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If the QL has instructions for it being a directional install, it could decouple.

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Somebody sent me a used chain with some parts I bought. A little short, so I used the quick link that came with it.

I got to the corner about 1/4 mile from my house and the quick link just vanished without a trace.

So, a 1/4 mile walk back home.
Did you check the thin air? They usually go there, but that thin are is so quick that it would be slim to none in recovering it no matter how hard you squint.
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Old 03-05-22, 06:24 PM
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Can't speak for 11s but I've reused 9-10s SRAM links numerous times taking the chain off to clean it until the chain is replaced.
Can't say I've ever put one on backward as I don't believe they were directional
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Old 03-05-22, 06:28 PM
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Wipperman links can definitely be installed upside-down, and if done wrong, will bump when going over sprockets.
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Old 03-05-22, 06:33 PM
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Buy a new quick link or a few to keep on hand. Put the used one in the saddle bag in case you need one on the road.
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This one has straight plates and snapped into place w/a solid click. Just can't see it unshipping w/o significant force. How?
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SRAM's road product manager told us at team camp the danger was w/ front shifting. If the link was installed the 'wrong' way it could be damaged or come undone when shifting from small to large chainring...that was their experience.
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some QL's have an arrow on each plate to dictate which direction it is to travel. IE: Arrow points forward when looking at it from the outboard side of the QL, when in the 12 O'clock position on the crank ring.
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Originally Posted by tungsten View Post
installing a quick link backwards. on a 1 x 11. shimano.

i once re-used a sram link, twice. danger?
You apparently know how to remove a quick link...so why don't you just re-install the Shimano ql correctly?
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Sure, I could do that but the instructions say something to the effect the link should only be used one time. That's why I'm hoping that since it took some force to snap it into place in the first place it's probably more secure the way it is instead of opening and closing it again which may enlarge the holes in the lock plates?
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Originally Posted by tungsten View Post
Sure, I could do that but the instructions say something to the effect the link should only be used one time. That's why I'm hoping that since it took some force to snap it into place in the first place it's probably more secure the way it is instead of opening and closing it again which may enlarge the holes in the lock plates?
I always consider "use one time" to mean "toss it when you toss the chain". I open/close mine for maintenance without any concern.
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There are a number of threads on quick link reuse.

https://www.google.com/search?q=bike...&bih=617&dpr=1
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What could go wrong?
Link parts at just exactly the wrong time, becoming a whip, entangling and tearing off the rear derailler, and then flaying the spokes of the rear wheel or at the hardest point of a steep climb chain parts, and you fall over, slowly, to the bemusement of your fellow riders, the list goes on

Put it on correctly, make up you mind on reuse or new link after reading reusable link threads

me I am conservative and tend to use new links, but will will re use once or twice

Now I have to go check and see if I missed a direction arrow
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Old 03-09-22, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
If the QL has instructions for it being a directional install, it could decouple.



Did you check the thin air? They usually go there, but that thin are is so quick that it would be slim to none in recovering it no matter how hard you squint.
Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Somebody sent me a used chain with some parts I bought. A little short, so I used the quick link that came with it.

I got to the corner about 1/4 mile from my house and the quick link just vanished without a trace.

So, a 1/4 mile walk back home.
I've always just assumed they hit orbital speed and stay up there circling the earth forever, because I sure as hell have never had any luck finding missing half links.
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