Joining chains together

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by YukonBoy, 21 Jul 2019.

  1. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Inside my skull
    When fitting new chains, how are you connecting them up?

    Chain links
    Voodoo magic
  2. DRHysted

    DRHysted Veteran

    New Forest
    Quick links that are supplied with the chain.
  3. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    Quick link
  4. bobcolover

    bobcolover Über Member

    south london
    Quick link
  5. Slioch

    Slioch Guru

    I always buy KMC chains, as they come with a quicklink included.
  6. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Kmc chains with supplied quicklink. Only had a quicklink fail once in many chains and many thousands of miles and that was on a new bike within a hundred miles so I strongly suspect some wrong-doing during initial installation at the factory (but not sure how it could be done wrong as it is stupidly simple to fit?)
  7. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Quick links although sometimes I call them Slow Links.

    Also just use the chain splitter to re-join them on my 1/8th chains.
  8. Bad Machine

    Bad Machine In the garage .....

    East Anglia
    .....until exactly three weeks ago my ICE Adventure had approx. 2.5 x SRAM PC971 joined with three quicklinks.
    Then, whilst climbing a steep hill, I changed down to the granny on the front, and heard a "zzzzping" before coming to a halt.
    One of the quicklinks had come apart; I found one half on the road just behind me, but not the other. And to my dismay, the repair kit had neither a replacement quicklink, nor a chain splitter tool.
    "Necessity is the mother of invention": a D-lock's steel cable (one end wrapped around the front derailleur post) acting as a tow rope makes the "walk of shame" home slightly less uncomfortable. :sad:

    I had to clean the chain before refitting - I've also reduced the quicklink count to one. Oh, and there's a quicklink and a chain tool in the repair kit now........
  9. Ian H

    Ian H I am an ancient randonneur, & I stop often for tea

    East Devon
    I went to quick-links when I moved to 10-speed. However, I inadvertently shortened the current chain to the wrong half-link, thought soddit, and joined it the 'traditional' way (with care). It's lasted over 2000k so far.
    Sharky likes this.
  10. voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    We join the chains with the chain link tool , no quick links as they are always the weak point .

    regards Emma
  11. Bianchi boy

    Bianchi boy Senior Member

    North wales
    Use F,S,A Chains they always come with a quick link, :dance:
  12. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Voodoo Magic
    Nigelnightmare likes this.
  13. recumbentpanda

    recumbentpanda Über Member

    Forget where, but recently read a thread about how modern ‘narrow gauge’ chains designed for blocks with more that 5 or 6 cogs cannot be safely connected with a chain tool. This is because they use a different style of riveting that is damaged by removing the rivet. Some can be ‘re-peened’ using a special tool, but you need to know which makes/models this is OK for.

    Conclusion: the only safe method for 9 speed and up is to use quick links, (and don’t forget most of these are ‘one-shot’ only and should not be re-used).

    An alternative, if you can find it, is to have your chain cut to length from a bulk reel (some bike shops can do this) and use just a single link.

    <Safety note ends>
    Nigelnightmare and plantfit like this.
  14. voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    l saw that 9 speed shimano chains had a single use link , most 7 & 8 speed chains are okay to join with a chain link tool.
  15. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    How often have you heard someone saying they need a fifteen foot chain though?
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice