...It was still making some horrible clicking noises when ridden and I thought I may as well try and shorten it after all...at least I'd learn how to split the thing etc....which I seem to have now done, however my chain is now way to short I eventually cracked the chain using my multitool cracker and a workshop table vice (which I am sure to have with me on tour right)...I then eventually fitted the powerlink....which clearly arnt as easy to fit as everybody elses...I must have bought the pain in the arse version. I took out 3 links...I only wanted to take out 1 but ended up doing three and replacing the powerlink so thats 3-1=2 links shorter. The pedals turn and I can shift gears except to the biggest cog and the biggest chain wheel...well i can do that but man is the chain ever TIGHT. ...so I suppose it's back to a LBS with a deep wallet again...but befor I do so is there anything I can do myself? I have a shimano 9 spedd chain and I have learnt the hard way just now that these are impossible to re join using the same pins...I heard there is a better chain I can use..is that right? Which one? Will it work with my shimano cassette? why is cycling so expensive?