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Missing Link Reuse?

Old 09-17-18, 04:55 AM
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Missing Link Reuse?

Yea, Ok. I know all the missing link directions are quite clear that you should only use them once. Why? How many folks reuse them and what is the thinking behind this or consequences? Seems this could get quite $$$ for those of us that like to remove our chains often for cleaning.
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Old 09-17-18, 05:03 AM
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Any downsides to a quick-link?

Any downsides to a quick-link?

Reliability of Quick Link on 10-speed Chain
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Old 09-17-18, 05:10 AM
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I've used them over and over again without consequence. Once I couldn't get one loose and had to bend the crap out of it, but that's it. I have 1 per chain and I also keep a few spares around just in case.
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Old 09-17-18, 05:52 AM
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My KMC chains say 'Reuseable' right on the packaging. My one SRAM chain doesn't say it specifically on the packaging, but it's been apart a handful of times, wit no ill effects.
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Old 09-17-18, 05:53 AM
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I use and re use the quick link for the life on the chain it's part of. New chains get new quick links.
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My KMC 9 speed links are marked re-usable. The 11 speed ones are marked as one-time use. I believe that I would try to reuse, since I always carry a few new links,
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Old 09-17-18, 07:13 AM
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I reuse them, found that after a few times they become loose, as in you can assemble/disassemble them with your bare hands. Still no problem, they never came out while riding. RD tension is apparently enough to keep them together.
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Old 09-17-18, 08:14 AM
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If you want a true ‘reusable’ quick or ‘master’ link, then get a Connex link. It’s hands down the best, and designed to be reused indefinitely. I use a Connex chain on my daily rider, but I use Connex links on all my chains, regardless of brand and they are fantastic. Requires no tools to install or remove.
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Old 09-17-18, 08:54 AM
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One QL per chain. Then when the chain is worn out, the QL goes into the spare link stockpile. I think I've only ever used the spare link once or twice in the last dozen years.
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I wouldn't be too interested to use a link on multiple chains. New link on old chain is a waste of a link & it would unfairly assume more than its fair share of the load based on wear disparity. Old link on new chain? Similar thoughts. If it wasn't worn out, why'd you replace it?

When the chain wears, the link wears with it, presumably at the same (or similar) rate as the rest of the chain. Reusing the same link on the same chain, however...sure. I would call it a "matched set." But I wouldn't be keen to make/break the link gratuitiously. When they snap together/apart easily...say after 4 or 5 uses, I consider, but don't necessarily buy, a new link. The chain is usually worn enough by that time to replace the whole kit & kaboodle by soon anyhow.

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Originally Posted by seamuis View Post
If you want a true ‘reusable’ quick or ‘master’ link, then get a Connex link. It’s hands down the best, and designed to be reused indefinitely. I use a Connex chain on my daily rider, but I use Connex links on all my chains, regardless of brand and they are fantastic. Requires no tools to install or remove.
Thanks! Nice tips
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Yes, remove quickie link, clean chain, put back on, repeat, during life of chain.

When chain is worn out the quickie link is given to riding buddies to carry as emergency spare.

You see the quickie link wears just like the rest of the chain pins so it will be retired with the chain when the chain is at end of life.

Then start the cycle again with new chain and new quickie link.

Used SRAM, KMC and Connex quickie links for as long as they have been around. Now using the new Shimano quickie links. Like them all. Shimano seems to be the tightest of the snap together style. Quickie link pliers make removal/installation a breeze. Connex is neat as it is simple bare hands jigsaw puzzle. Be sure to orient the Connex link to match cassete curvature or it will skip on 11 tooth cog.

Since using these quickie links for so long over the years I have had only one Connex link crack and one SRAM link fail. Pretty decent record considering the number of miles and abuse on and off road.

Good luck
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Originally Posted by base2 View Post
I wouldn't be too interested to use a link on multiple chains. New link on old chain is a waste of a link & it would unfairly assume more than its fair share of the load based on wear disparity. Old link on new chain? Similar thoughts. If it wasn't worn out, why'd you replace it?

When the chain wears, the link wears with it, presumably at the same (or similar) rate as the rest of the chain. Reusing the same link on the same chain, however...sure. I would call it a "matched set." But I wouldn't be keen to make/break the link gratuitiously. When they snap together/apart easily...say after 4 or 5 uses, I consider, but don't necessarily buy, a new link. The chain is usually worn enough by that time to replace the whole kit & kaboodle by soon anyhow.
this is all valid info and advice, but as a someone who removes his chain pretty regularly to clean it in an ultrasonic cleaner, the rate at which I remove my chain far exceeds the rate at which it wears, so a proper use and re-use quicklink is extremely practical and helpful. This is why I recommend a Connex link. Generally though, if you’re concenrned with being able to reuse a quick link, then you’re probably removing your chain more regularly than most others. It stands to reason you’d want a properly reusable link. If none of those apply, I still recommend the Connex link if for nothing else than it can be installed and removed easily without tools. That’s a big bonus if you ever find yourself having to do any maintenence or repairs unexpectedly on the side of the road.
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Originally Posted by Ald1 View Post
Thanks! Nice tips
no problem, mate. If you do get a Connex link, it’s important to remember that the link is directional and can be a bit confusing the first time, and can cause skipping teeth issues if you get it wrong. None the less, it’s a great product and I’ve mixed Connex links with chains from every major brand without issue. Of course, remember to get the link that matches your chain ie: 10spd to 10spd, 11 to 11. You get the idea.
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I use the same set of quick links for the life of the chain as well. New chain new quick links. Lots of miles never had one issue. Ride on and don’t worry about it.
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