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    The Life Span of a Powerlink

    ....is about 9 months, or 1200 miles.


    I started having serious chain issues in January when, after just buying a new derailler and chain, I broke my derailler on the APC AES event. I end up breaking the chain in a few places to get it to the right length to make it a 32x16 SS I could somewhat ride out.

    I fix the derailler at home and proceed to put together my chain, initially without powerlinks. I refused to buy another chain when the one I had wasn't even two weeks old. I had three breaks I had to fix in the chain if I remember. All of them broke on me pretty quickly, one at the Torts AES event and one or two at the 24 HTOP. These were fixed in January/February of this year with powerlinks. I haven't had much trouble since. That makes it at least nine months before one of them gave out. And yes, I fixed it with another powerlink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dag Nabbit View Post
    ....is about 9 months, or 1200 miles.


    I started having serious chain issues in January when, after just buying a new derailler and chain, I broke my derailler on the APC AES event. I end up breaking the chain in a few places to get it to the right length to make is a 32x16 SS I could somewhat ride out.

    I fix the derailler at home and proceed to put together my chain, initially without powerlinks. I refused to buy another chain when the one I had wasn't even two weeks old. I had three breaks I had to fix in the chain if I remember. All of them broke on me pretty quickly, one at the Torts AES event and one or two at the 24 HTOP. These were fixed in January/February of this year with powerlinks. I haven't had much trouble since. That makes it nine at least nine months before one of them gave out. And yes, I fixed it with another powerlink.
    That's great news, I also have some power links in a prescription bottle in my pack in a zippered pocket in case I need them for a chain repair I also purchased a master link pliers (MLP-1) recently for $13 inc. shipping to loosen the link.

    TD

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    Sweet! Looks like I'm good for another 1000 miles or so....thanks for the field study & I think I have pics of you repairing each and every broken chain!
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    Sweet! Looks like I'm good for another 1000 miles or so....thanks for the field study & I think I have pics of you repairing each and every broken chain!
    Dag is a trendsetter for that which can fail

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    The one that started it all, on the AES APC 65:

    From AES - APC65


    Round 2: AES Tor de 50, BC lending a helping hand:
    From AES - Tor De 50
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    What's the lifespan of a belt-drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post

    Round 2: AES Tor de 50, BC lending a helping hand:
    From AES - Tor De 50
    Looks like you and BC had a few Bud Lights while fixing the chain so you could continue whipping shitties on the dirt track.

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    ^^^^LOL....nice spot...I missed that the first time I saw that pic!

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