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    Default A case of you get what you pay for

    I bought this bicycle chain repair tool to open up the chain so I could install a new derailleur on my bike. I knew it was probably junk since it only cost $6, as opposed to decent ones that go for $15 and up, but it only needed to work once, and probably never get used again. Also it was available at the local wallyworld. No big surprise, it didn't even make it through one iteration before the push pin broke. Luckily I found a 5/16-24 bolt and whipped up a replacement that worked like a charm, and should last well beyond my time with this bike. Not much of a machining operation, just retapped the metric hole for the sae bolt, ran the thread down to the bolt head, and turned the end down to the pin diameter.



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    Good save,some percentage of being a machinist requires the ability to make chicken salad out of chicken s--t
    I just need one more tool,just one!

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    I always took apart the derailer instead of messing with the chain

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    Oh heaven forbid if you just used a metric bolt.

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    He already is suffering by having to use a wrench to turn the bolt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RB211 View Post
    I always took apart the derailer instead of messing with the chain
    That was my first thought nice save though!

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    All the bicycle chains I've played with had a removeable link held in place with a hairpin clip the open end of which had to trail.

    Don't they fit them these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by awemawson View Post
    All the bicycle chains I've played with had a removeable link held in place with a hairpin clip the open end of which had to trail.

    Don't they fit them these days?
    Not in derailer type gears. Been like that for last 50 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by awemawson View Post
    All the bicycle chains I've played with had a removeable link held in place with a hairpin clip the open end of which had to trail.

    Don't they fit them these days?
    I saw a guy make $20 years ago on a motorcycle chain that kept coming off, he sid for $20 he'd cure it so he pushed it in the shop shut the door & put the clip on so the closed end was in front when moving. For some reason the owner had kept putting it on backward.
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    Master links for narrow bike chains are now available and are common on high end stuff. I use one on my 10 speed cluster 20 speed mountain bike. I think it was about 20 years they first came out. You may have to "break" the chain the first time, then put in and use the master link.

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