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Can't get these s*dding powerlinks to close?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Panter, 12 Feb 2008.

  1. Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    Are these not compatable with this chain? or are there any tips to get the thing to close.

    I've pressed the 2 halves together and pulled the bl**dy thing as hard as possible but they just will not clip together :tongue:

    Where am I going wrong????
     
  2. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Your first link is no good. The internet link that is, not the one on the chain!
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    Works for me, guess I'm just no good with links of any description :tongue:

    Just sussed it anyway, i've used the link supplied with the chain and it went straight on. The powerlinks I bought have fractionally shorter pins so they won't fit.
     
  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Ah - your powerlinks might have been for a narrower chain.. the ones that come with the KMC chain are fine.....
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    CRC have sent the wrong ones too, I ordered the 8 speed and they've sent the 9 speed which, I guess, have the slightly shorter pins :rolleyes:

    I'll keep these for the MTB which is 9sp and order some more 8sp for the roadie and hope that they get it right this time!
     
  6. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I have a 9-speed KMC chain where the supplied Powerlink would not close. I guess it was slightly undersize and I had to junk it and join the chain with a rivet.
     
  7. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    KMC joining thingy is better than Srams ime. Reason being you can actually separate the KMC one without resorting to gurning for five minutes, and getting covered in chain smeg.
     
  8. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    The powerlink on my folder did first annoy me. To take it off i used to take it off the chain ring, to put it on i put it on. Could have been the other way round. But dont force it. I tried that and it wouldnt work. As soon as i got it right i could have it on or off in a few seconds.
    I think i might have left it on to get it off, then taken it off to link it back together.
    That was a Srams though.
     
  9. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    it's 'cos it's pointing to your basket, and you're probably logged in.
     
  10. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    ha, i get that aswell a bit with sram ones, might try a kmc then

    fit on 9 speed sram chains do they steve?
     
  11. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Without a doubt, 8 speed are harder to close then the 9 speed. Usually clicks through under tension, though.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    Yup, 'twas the reason, thank you :biggrin:

    Thanks Dave, I've got the 8sp through now, I'll have a go this evening on the excess piece of new chain I removed.

    Pictures?? :blush:


    Thanks peeps :smile: