Removing a chain from a Derailleur?



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RF

Guest
Hi Experts,

Before I started using the Derailleur bikes, I used a removable link in
thr chain and removal of the chain was then easy. That clip was like a
normal link but, on one side, there was a removable piece that was held
in place with a spring clip. I can't find such a link in my present
chain, so do I just get a small nut and whack one of the pins in the
chain through it and out of the chain?

If this is normal, should the same pin be reused or a replaced by new
one? Is there any such thing as a removable link these days?

TIA

RF
 
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A Muzi

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RF wrote:
> Before I started using the Derailleur bikes, I used a removable link in
> thr chain and removal of the chain was then easy. That clip was like a
> normal link but, on one side, there was a removable piece that was held
> in place with a spring clip. I can't find such a link in my present
> chain, so do I just get a small nut and whack one of the pins in the
> chain through it and out of the chain?
>
> If this is normal, should the same pin be reused or a replaced by new
> one? Is there any such thing as a removable link these days?


For four, five and six speed systems there are not snap links.

1/2 x 1/8 chain usually includes a 'master link' of various designs:
http://www.yellowjersey.org/1'8.html

Some sevens and most better eight, nine, ten chains are supplied with
them. A snap link may be added to any 8, 9, 10 chain if it was supplied
without one.
http://www.yellowjersey.org/3'32.html

If you're adding or removing links, get a Cyclo Rivoli chain tool or
equivalent and take a moment to look at the pictures [I've given up on
exhortations to read the directions]. Oil the tool's thread first.
Ensure the link is fully seated in the tool before pressing a rivet as a
haphazard placement will break the tool and you'll get no sympathy with
a claim of 'defective'.

If you're merely replacing a derailleur chain, cut or break the old one
with general hand tools - a chain rivet tool is not necessary. You will
probably need a riveting tool to install a new chain as they are
supplied overly long for most bikes. Wrap the chain around the largest
front and rear sprockets, add 2 rivets and cut. Then pass the chain
trough the derailleurs and join with the snap link.
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Andrew Muzi
www.yellowjersey.org
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