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Old 09-07-06, 06:09 PM
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What to do with extra chain links?

What do you do with your extra drive Chain links?(Maybe make full chain from accumulation?)
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Old 09-07-06, 06:11 PM
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I keep 'em around in case I ever break one and need more. Mostly I get the same brand of chains (Nashbar/KMC 8-speed), so I suppose I could make a whole new one eventually
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I make key chains out of them.

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I tried making a chainwhip.. but the aluminum (whoops) stock I used was too thick to attach strongly and it broke.. over and over again. I'd try it if you have some 1/8" or 3/32" steel stock depending on the pitch of your chain, and a drill.. maybe some rivets or screws/nuts if you don't feel like messing with the ones on your chain.
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Save up enough links and make a bracelet.
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
I make key chains out of them.

Me, too. I give them away as gifts to bike-riding friends.
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Old 09-07-06, 08:34 PM
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I just keep them. Can't bear to throw anything away that's not completely worn out or broken. Those links are brand new!
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Originally Posted by skeeter
What do you do with your extra drive Chain links?(Maybe make full chain from accumulation?)
I've done that, but only for fixed-gear use.

You can make a nice fiddle toy by making a chain from two complete links. Makes a little flexible parallelogram.

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Old 09-07-06, 08:46 PM
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Let's see... What could I do with a few links...
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Originally Posted by Boss Moniker
I tried making a chainwhip.. but the aluminum (whoops) stock I used was too thick to attach strongly and it broke.. over and over again. I'd try it if you have some 1/8" or 3/32" steel stock depending on the pitch of your chain, and a drill.. maybe some rivets or screws/nuts if you don't feel like messing with the ones on your chain.
I made one with flatbar stock & attached a hook on the other end of the flat bar to hold the other end of the chain
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Originally Posted by OLDYELLR
I just keep them. Can't bear to throw anything away that's not completely worn out or broken. Those links are brand new!
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Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
I've done that, but only for fixed-gear use.

You can make a nice fiddle toy by making a chain from two complete links. Makes a little flexible parallelogram.

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will do that.

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Originally Posted by rm -rf
Let's see... What could I do with a few links...
I have a jar full of them.
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Thanks for the ideas.
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Originally Posted by skeeter
What do you do with your extra drive Chain links?(Maybe make full chain from accumulation?)
I'm thinking about the durability of a chain put together with 20 Shimano hyperglide pins. It's not a happy thought. For that matter, would buying 20 hyperglide pins be any cheaper than buying a whole new chain?

About 5 years ago I moved from a 5 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom condo. I hauled several pick up truck loads of stuff, that I previously couldn't live without, to the dumpster at work. I've yet to miss any of that junk. Among it, I'm sure, were several sets of excess chain links. The bottom line is that you can either throw them away now or wait until you move or your junk overwhelms your living space to throw them away.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I'm thinking about the durability of a chain put together with 20 Shimano hyperglide pins. It's not a happy thought. For that matter, would buying 20 hyperglide pins be any cheaper than buying a whole new chain?

About 5 years ago I moved from a 5 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom condo. I hauled several pick up truck loads of stuff, that I previously couldn't live without, to the dumpster at work. I've yet to miss any of that junk. Among it, I'm sure, were several sets of excess chain links. The bottom line is that you can either throw them away now or wait until you move or your junk overwhelms your living space to throw them away.
Yes, i certainly know what you mean about "junk" in the trunk .
It got to the point to where my spring was sagging so i had to unload all that stuff in the nearest empty dumpster. She barely fit but after a few pounces all was good & i never looked back.
Yep,attachments are a funny thing.
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I save them in case I want to change gearing and need a longer chain.
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Originally Posted by raverson
I save them in case I want to change gearing and need a longer chain.
I'm sure you can get a little more creative than that!...
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Key Rings here.
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Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
You can make a nice fiddle toy by making a chain from two complete links. Makes a little flexible parallelogram.
Haha, one of those is on my keyring. I play with it all the time... Nice for hanging you keys on a hook etc. as well.

The odd bits from other chains just kick around in my 'bike crap' drawer.
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I'm sure you can get a little more creative than that!...
Nope. As I get older, the gears get lower, the chain gets longer. Pacing myself to ride for 50 more years.
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Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
...You can make a nice fiddle toy by making a chain from two complete links. Makes a little flexible parallelogram.
I have a couple of those at my desk at work - like a security blanket I fiddle with it when I'm on the phone or when I'm just plain thinking (thinking about an after work ride, no doubt).
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I think I saw a bottle opener made out of extra links. If you have a welder you could weld them into odd shapes, make little figures out of them etc.
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Originally Posted by Paniolo
I think I saw a bottle opener made out of extra links. If you have a welder you could weld them into odd shapes, make little figures out of them etc.
My sister got me one of the bike parts bottle openers for my birthday, and it's great... one of the strongest hand-held openers I've seen http://www.uncommongoods.com/item/item.jsp?itemId=10144

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a trials rider (short chainstays, very compact drivetrain) can buy three chains and get the fourth free - from the extra links. When using mtb chains anyway.

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