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crfmatt

Chain Problem??

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guys...I have yet another problem..

I replaced my rear sprocket and at the time the chain was within limits and i rode it at the track yesterday and today its really loose (i havent adjusted it yet) but i dont think i will be able to adjust it far enough but i may be wrong.. So my question is can I buy a chain breaker and remove a link or 2 from my chain if i cant adjust it enough? THANKS ALOT!! you guys have already helped me alot!

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Just remove 1 link. you will find that you will have to move your wheel back to the front of the slot again. Standard practice.

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Can you remove some links and ride? Sure, but if it's already adjusted that much then double check the chain. Pull it tight when you measure the length of the links. If you've adjusted enough to have to remove a link then I will be $1 that it's near the end of it's recommended service life. If you must remove a link, the easiest way that I know is with a bench grinder or a dremmel. Just grind the pins flat on the plate that you want to remove and it will pop right off. You may need to grind a little past flat (take some of the late off too). I would expect the dealer to have a chain breaker, but you're going to pay top dollar. Good luck!

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You want a good chain breaker anyway, don't you? That's what I thought. Get a high quality, shop grade tool, though, and not one off of the Motion Pro rack. I paid $30 a couple of years ago for a Regina breaker, which is a very sturdy replica of the old Reynolds type from 30 years ago (I had one, but it ran away). It resembles a two jaw gear puller, but is specially designed to be able to deal with the strongest roller chains up to a #60. They won't break, and the won't take any crap from your chain, either.

As Sir Thump suggested, be sure your chain is alright before running it longer on your near new sprocket.

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OK, do I have to remove it to check it because last time I just pulled it tight and measured it while its on the bike? About the chain breaker...I was thinking I would just remove a link if the chain is still within specs so that I can go to the track today and then replace it later...

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Leave it on the bike. Look at page 3-31 of your manual (or close to that) for the procedure. If you just bought a sprocket, reject the chain if any section you measure is longer than 5.9". If it's that or shorter, you're OK, just pop a link out and run it.

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Ok, thanks alot..as it turned out I was able to adjust it enough to get it tight enough (I was doing it wrong prior to these questions) but atleast now I know what to do if I cant...

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You can certainly take up a lot of slack with the slightest adjustment!

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ok Gray...easy on the motion pro chain riveting tool..lol. I've been using mine professionally for year with no broken pins. However, i can see your point.. alot of people break them to bits :)

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I have no problem with the riveting tool, but they make a cute little 'C' clamp looking chain breaker with a long pin inside a hollow pressure screw that is quite nearly worthless for cutting a good chain. I'm sorry, let me say, completely worthless. Collapsed the first time I tried it, and never budged the Regina chain pins. But if you discard the pin after you crumple it on the first attempt to use it as intended, it makes a neat little master link press for re-assembling the tighter fitting ones. :)

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