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    chain shortening problem

    I was shortening a new chain, removed two links, and then put it back together. But the link where I pushed the pin back in now does not flex well. It's very stiff. What could I have done wrong?

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    The chain pins are not re-usable. AFAIK you should break the chain at any regular pin, but not at the master pin (the one with black flat heads), and then use a new master pin to connect the ends back. Or, even better, use a powerlink from Sram / KMC / Connex.
    If it's a new chain, you should've got a master pin with it.

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    Either push the pin back from the other side just a tit or flex it back and forth laterally a few times.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Entirely normal, just flex the chain side to side, you can use the chain tool features to help http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=53. Don't reuse pins on a Shimano chain, though, use the replacement Shimano pins or a quick link.
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    +1 Bikinfoolferlife's got it right.
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    Thanks, everyone. I flexed the chain sideways a few times and it loosened up. The chain is now installed and seems to work fine.

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