Installing a shimano 6/7/8 speed chain

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Wester, 6 Feb 2018.

  1. Wester

    Wester Über Member

    I am going to fit a new Shimano chain to my bike and there is something that I am not sure about

    Do you need a new pin when you shorten a Shimano chain ? when I opened the package there was only the chain and a power link no pin . Or can you shorten it in the same way as any other chain

    Any advice on how to install a Shimano chain
  2. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider Photo Winner

    You should be able to shorten as normal and re connect using a quick link
  3. OP

    Wester Über Member

    Do I have to use the quick link /power link
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  4. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    East Devon
    I would. Pushing a pin back in often causes a stiff link whereas using a 'quick link' merits its eponymous description, and is easy.
  5. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider Photo Winner

    they are easier
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  7. OP

    Wester Über Member

    I have joined the chain using the quick link for a test to see how it works before I put the chain on the bike I joined it ok but now I cannot open it again to put it on the bike

    Any advice
  8. iluvmybike

    iluvmybike Well-Known Member

    Take the strain off the chain and squeeze the links together and ush from either end
  9. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    If it' the Shimano link I'm thinking of, you need to bend the chain either side of the link, the quick link side lates will bend, shortening the distance between pins and allow the plate to release....its difficult to explain, easy to do.
  10. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Unless you're in a hurry :angry:
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