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Old 05-01-15, 03:19 PM
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Need help with chain link sticking!

I recently noticed it felt like my shifters were messed up, because my rear derailer would click every few pedal strokes. I thought at first that it kept dropping into a lower gear but i couldn't feel a change in the amount of torque i was putting in to the stroke.

Looking closer i realized one of the chain links was sticking. Almost like it was pinched or something or it was rusted up. I tried cleaning the whole chain and lubing it up, but the one link won't budge.
I am able to move it but not freely enough so that it causes my derailer to click every time it goes around.

Anyone know whats going on or how i could go about fixing it??
Thanks!
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Old 05-05-15, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by yapso12 View Post
I recently noticed it felt like my shifters were messed up, because my rear derailer would click every few pedal strokes. I thought at first that it kept dropping into a lower gear but i couldn't feel a change in the amount of torque i was putting in to the stroke.

Looking closer i realized one of the chain links was sticking. Almost like it was pinched or something or it was rusted up. I tried cleaning the whole chain and lubing it up, but the one link won't budge.
I am able to move it but not freely enough so that it causes my derailer to click every time it goes around.

Anyone know whats going on or how i could go about fixing it??
Thanks!

I grew up working at a bike shop on the east coast where rust was the main factor to a chain link locking up. If that's the case then this is what we did to fix the problem. Hit the link with a good amount of pb blaster(get it at home depot or pretty much any hardware store) let it sit for a minute or two. After a dew minutes start wiggling the frozen chain link and apply more pb blaster as needed. When you are done make sure to clean out the chain thoroughly and apply a lubricant to the chain links. The next day make sure to wipe the same link again to get out any remaining pb blaster as it will sit in the chain. Lubricate again and it should be fine. I recommend a chain lubricant from park tool that has has wax in it to prevent future corrosion. If this doesn't work I don't think your problem is rust- easier to just replace your chain. Good luck!
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Old 05-05-15, 12:13 PM
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Another thing that can sometime fix it if you have a chain breaker tool. On the sticky link push the pin in and out a little bit from both sides. Just don't push it all the way out or even close to all the way out.
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Old 05-05-15, 02:17 PM
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Lube, plus bend it sideways a little back and forth.
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