SS Chain Masterlink

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by EasyPeez, 16 Nov 2017.

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  1. OP
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    EasyPeez

    EasyPeez Über Member

    Do you mean like one of these?

    http://tinyurl.com/y84omppr

    That's what my derailleur bikes have on, and therefore what I'm familiar with fitting and removing, but as far as I can see they all stipulate either 9 or 10 speed - presumably to match the thickness of the chain they're being fitted to.

    So I assumed that they wouldn't be compatible with a single speed chain?

    Is that what you'd call what mine currently has on?
     
  2. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Yes. Classic or three-part. I'm not sure what else to call it. Back plate with two pins on, front plate with two holes, and a retaining C clip. £1.95 at http://www.starcyclespares.co.uk/traditional-chain-joining-split-link-for-3-speed-cycle-4156-p.asp

    Recently I've encountered these that save a whole 16p to buy and waste scads of time joining/splitting chains, but of course 16p cheaper means that manufacturers will probably adopt them completely :crazy: because it ain't their time being wasted: http://www.starcyclespares.co.uk/kmc-z-joining-chain-split-link-bmx-single-or-3-spd-bike-4166-p.asp
     
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  3. OP
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    EasyPeez

    EasyPeez Über Member

    I'm running a 3/32" chain so looks like I'll be sticking with the classic quick link. Seems straightforward enough anyway. Thanks for the link to the spares.
     
  4. OP
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    EasyPeez

    EasyPeez Über Member

    Having looked into buying a couple of spare master links I'm not sure you can even still get the 'classic' kind for a 3/32 chain. Which is odd as mine has one fitted. So either they've become extinct or I am being dim.

    I can only find the snap-lock type ones that you mention as being inferior -

    http://www.kmcchain.eu/connector-touring_city
     
  5. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    If you're running 3/32", reusable missing link style is fine but fiddlier to unhook (as you can't find slack by pulling against the derailleur). It's the snap-on type which suck.
     
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    I'm not entirely sure tbh. I bought the bike second hand and was told it had only done a few hundred miles, so I presume it's on its original chain. Spec list says
    'Chain K810 3/32in' and it definitely looks like this one, all gold and BMX-y:

    https://tinyurl.com/y92hohbn

    but the chain has stamped on it KMC K-2C. It's currently got a master link on it like the pic in the OP, so I presume I can get spares the same as that. But I can't find 3/32 versions on the KMC site or anywhere else...so now questioning whether my chain actually is 3/32 or not?!
     
  7. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Whip your ruler out, bor'! ;)

    You'll have to look up which bit to measure because I can't remember.
     
  8. Threevok

    Threevok Carpe Rotam

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    The one in the pic - that's the same chain I have - it is indeed 3/32

    I cannot seem to get an answer out of anyone (Note that Taffy Osprey in the Q&A is me :laugh:) regarding the size quick link I need
     
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    EasyPeez

    EasyPeez Über Member

    Haha...ah well, at least I feel a bit less stupid now, if nothing else! I'll try a message to KMC and let you know if I get any joy.
     
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