Quick/missing link query

pinno
pinno Posts: 51,784
edited March 2014 in Workshop
I bought a KMC 10 speed chain with missing link for one of my Record 10 set ups and whilst reading a thread the light bulb moment happened: "Why don't I buy some missing links for my other two machines? (D'oh)". Which posed the next question:
How many times can you dismantle the chain before the link stops working and do you need the removal tool or is there a knack to taking it apart?
seanoconn - gruagach craic!

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  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    It depends on the link.

    Some are one time use only others can be used a few times. Check the info on what you are planning on buying.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • crankycrank
    crankycrank Posts: 1,830
    I bought a KMC 10 speed chain with missing link for one of my Record 10 set ups and whilst reading a thread the light bulb moment happened: "Why don't I buy some missing links for my other two machines? (D'oh)". Which posed the next question:
    How many times can you dismantle the chain before the link stops working and do you need the removal tool or is there a knack to taking it apart?
    For KMC 10sp links so far I have used one link for over 15 removal and replace and it's on it's third chain. It's starting to show some galling on the side plates but otherwise fine. Links are cheap enough if you want to fit more often and not worry but I like to test things out for myself to see just how long it will actually survive. Other than buying the special link removal tool the easiest way to remove links is to use this method. · http://www.ctc.org.uk/file/member/201107050_0.pdf
  • dgunthor
    dgunthor Posts: 644
    never seen a quick link fail / wear out. I avoid sram power lock as they are single use (apparently).

    generally need the tool to undo the link unless it's recently been fitted when you can remove by hand
  • mercia_man
    mercia_man Posts: 1,431
    Never had KMC or Connex quicklinks fail despite repeated use on several bikes. I strongly recommend the CTC easy method of removal as mentioned by crankycrank. No need to buy special removal tool.
  • veronese68
    veronese68 Posts: 27,551
    Quick links are great. I carry a spare with me as well, not needed it myself yet but have got a couple of others going again whilst out on a ride. Tool makes it easier when working n the bikes at home, but not essential. When repairing chains out and about I've not needed it as I'm fixing a broken chain. Obviously need the chain tool on my multi tool to remove the broken link though.
  • darkhairedlord
    darkhairedlord Posts: 7,180
    I bought a KMC 10 speed chain with missing link for one of my Record 10 set ups and whilst reading a thread the light bulb moment happened: "Why don't I buy some missing links for my other two machines? (D'oh)". Which posed the next question:
    How many times can you dismantle the chain before the link stops working and do you need the removal tool or is there a knack to taking it apart?
    For KMC 10sp links so far I have used one link for over 15 removal and replace and it's on it's third chain. It's starting to show some galling on the side plates but otherwise fine. Links are cheap enough if you want to fit more often and not worry but I like to test things out for myself to see just how long it will actually survive. Other than buying the special link removal tool the easiest way to remove links is to use this method. · http://www.ctc.org.uk/file/member/201107050_0.pdf

    ^^ never heard of this but looks much easier than trying to do it with long nose pliers. Will try this next time!
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,851
    i use kmc missing links on all my chains, 9 and 10-speed, you do not need a tool to remove them

    put the chain on small-small to minimise tension, position chain so the link is on the lower run of the chain, hold chain each side of link, squeeze side plates together, slide it open, remove, it's harder to describe than to do

    needing to use a tool simply means the plates aren't in the unlocked position and by definition means unnecessary force is being used to open the link
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • pinno
    pinno Posts: 51,784
    I bought a KMC 10 speed chain with missing link for one of my Record 10 set ups and whilst reading a thread the light bulb moment happened: "Why don't I buy some missing links for my other two machines? (D'oh)". Which posed the next question:
    How many times can you dismantle the chain before the link stops working and do you need the removal tool or is there a knack to taking it apart?
    For KMC 10sp links so far I have used one link for over 15 removal and replace and it's on it's third chain. It's starting to show some galling on the side plates but otherwise fine. Links are cheap enough if you want to fit more often and not worry but I like to test things out for myself to see just how long it will actually survive. Other than buying the special link removal tool the easiest way to remove links is to use this method. · http://www.ctc.org.uk/file/member/201107050_0.pdf

    Thanks, a proper answer and my sentiments exactly.

    I did like this bit:

    "Tap the point of the V sharply with a something hard and heavy (a hammer is ideal but a rock will do)"
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!