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    Quick Link Chain Broke - Left stranded but easy call for pickup.

    KMC single speed like this ] then a | and a c-clip, brand new!
    My two other ones the same style just with no c-clip stays on fine also brand new.
    Yes I triple checked each time that it was on properly.

    Makes me wonder if that style with the c-clip is worthless. I admint, I did take it off and put it back on 3 or 4 times getting the chain length perfect, while the other ones I did not because they were too hard to pop off. The C-clip in all, lasted less then 50km. When it broke today, I was just past a long 0.75km/0.5mile moderate hill. The slope wasnt crazy, it was a paved city road.

    There are other chains I used in the past were each side was an L shape then it slides back and locks in. No problems.

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    these are not worthless... just old engineering
    and if you a) run it in the wrong direction or b) bend the c-clip slightly
    it's not gonna survive

    "Put your seatbelt back on or get out and sit in the middle of that circle of death." - Johnny Scoot

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    these are not worthless... just old engineering
    and if you a) run it in the wrong direction or b) bend the c-clip slightly
    it's not gonna survive
    OK thank you for that info. The problem I had then is most likely one or both of those because I was using a flat head screw driver to slide the C-clip off so it could have slightly bent, and secondly I did not know there was a direction to it. I just made sure the c-clip was on there and flat.

    OK well thats good to know and thanks for the reply.

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    I ride motorcycles that use these types of master links. +2 on them not being useless. I have ridden tens of thousands of miles through some of the worst conditions you can ride a motorcycle through and I've never had a failure.

    However, I do carry a spare. They can be installed with about any multi tool on the trail in a pinch. If you are the type that has trouble with these things wrap a spare in a sandwich bag and jam it in your handle bars. That way you can install the spare even if you are without your hydration pack or tool kit at 3am in a bad part of town. Well, assuming you can find a used bottle cap or some other suitable tool.

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    Always good to carry a spare...

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    Obviously they are NOT useless, I was just miffed is all. But yeah I will but a spare link inside the handlebars. Thanks for the tip!


    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    Always good to carry a spare...
    Quote Originally Posted by adaycj View Post
    I ride motorcycles that use these types of master links. +2 on them not being useless. I have ridden tens of thousands of miles through some of the worst conditions you can ride a motorcycle through and I've never had a failure.

    However, I do carry a spare. They can be installed with about any multi tool on the trail in a pinch. If you are the type that has trouble with these things wrap a spare in a sandwich bag and jam it in your handle bars. That way you can install the spare even if you are without your hydration pack or tool kit at 3am in a bad part of town. Well, assuming you can find a used bottle cap or some other suitable tool.

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    There was a neat hack on GMBN the other day of keeping a spare quick link under the air spring top cap of the fork.

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