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Old 02-02-03, 04:42 AM
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yet another chain question

i have to buy another chain for my bike next pay , before i fit it should i clean off the manutactures sticky grease & relube or just fit as is ?
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Old 02-02-03, 05:42 AM
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I intend to leave it on and add some chain lube as well, gives some better protection against the wet climate around here.
But i don`t know about the dusty conditions...


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Old 02-02-03, 01:01 PM
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It gunks up in dry conditions. I always remove the manufacturers grease. I also find that causes chain suck. So I just remove and put on some regular chain lube.
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Old 02-02-03, 01:13 PM
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I second Maelstrom. Leaving the manufacturers grease on the chain is a sure way to end up with one huge gunked-up mess after a short ride. You'll be much better off if you remove the manufacturers grease and throw some real chain lube on.

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Old 02-05-03, 07:53 AM
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thanks for the info , wash &re-lube is what i,ll do cheers
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Old 02-10-03, 08:49 AM
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all done i bought a kmc chain seems ok but i didnt use their "missing link" chain joiner, just used the chain tool ! cant see the point of the joiner if you have the tool. since fitting the new chain, gear changes seem more positive especialy on the front
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Old 02-10-03, 09:34 AM
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I don't know KMC chains off-hand, I'm assuming the missing link, is a removable link you can put on and take off. I love those things, makes it easy to pull the chain off the bike and clean it.
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Old 02-10-03, 09:45 AM
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Breaking and joining a chain at a normal rivet can weaken a link. For some chains, you mustn't re-use rivets. Sheldon Brown has a good explaination of the why and wherefores.
I like those master-links, and cant think of a reason to avoid them.
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Old 02-11-03, 08:35 AM
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Originally posted by MichaelW
Breaking and joining a chain at a normal rivet can weaken a link. For some chains, you mustn't re-use rivets. Sheldon Brown has a good explaination of the why and wherefores.
I like those master-links, and cant think of a reason to avoid them.
your propably right but kmc ,s "missing link" is only a one off thing , once its on you cant break the chain there any more i had to shorten the chain anyway so i keep their link thing in my punture kit for an emergency
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I sometimes use KMC chains. The pins have shaped ends that help to hold the chain together. When you drive a pin out with a chain tool, the ends deform and create a weak link. You really should use the missing link at the place where you broke the chain.

You're right that it isn't a true master link. They aren't made to come apart again. I have a couple of spare Missing Links. I keep one in my toolbox and another in my seat bag.

I like to use the Missing Link with Shimano chains, too. I have a deep and abiding hatred of Shimano's special rivets.
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Old 02-11-03, 09:15 AM
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Originally posted by RegularGuy
I sometimes use KMC chains. The pins have shaped ends that help to hold the chain together. When you drive a pin out with a chain tool, the ends deform and create a weak link. You really should use the missing link at the place where you broke the chain.
oh s#1t, i,ll never find were i joined it i,ll use the link next time i take it off to clean it tho, thanks for the info.
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Old 02-11-03, 03:26 PM
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Throw the missing link in your saddle bag in case the chain decides to break where you took it apart.
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Wait till next payday.I hope your not going to spend 40 bucks on a chain.20 bucks max.
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Old 02-14-03, 08:43 PM
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Originally posted by shokhead
Wait till next payday.I hope your not going to spend 40 bucks on a chain.20 bucks max.
its ok i,ll take a chance & stick with the KMC , its fine for my old 6 speed freewheel : NZ$ 21.
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