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    Any tricks to using half links?

    I've heard a few people here mentioning the "proper use" of a half link. Are there any not so obvious tips about using them reliably?
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    I used them for a while.

    1. Make sure you get the right size for your chain - ie: 3/32" or 1/8"

    2. Make sure you join them properly, ie: the joining pin is centered and there is no risk of the link plate popping off.

    And then if you're me...

    3. Have half link fail at the pin*, use top tube and testicles to break fall to the ground when chain fails.

    4. Upgrade to eccentric hub and have your cruets climb up around your neck in fear every time the word "half-link" is uttered.

    Grumps

    *which was, admittedly, likely to be my fault and not that of the half link

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    Re: Any tricks to using half links?

    Even with a half link sometimes you cant achieve proper chain tension due to your dropouts, so you end up having to swap your cog/freewheel or chainring.

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    Re: Any tricks to using half links?

    Or add a tensioner, but then no need for half link

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    If you can avoid it, do so. The cheap ones are a pain in the ass, and the LBS only carries the cheap ones. I hear that gusset slink is the ticket, but I haven't used it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRtahoe View Post
    Or add a tensioner, but then no need for half link

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    Or drop two teeth in the back like I did.

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    I followed "bad mechanic"s advise here:

    Do you really trust Half Links?

    Never had issues.

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    ^ This

    The Gusset half link is now also available on Amazon:
    Amazon.com: Gusset Slink Half Link, 3/32" - chrome: Sports & Outdoors

    With this setup your chain will break before the half link does. If you need to use a half link with a 8 or 9 speed chain, in my experience this is the only reliable way to do it.

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    I use a halflink to shorten the chain and my bike still use tensioner 417mm chainstay 32x18. Nothing good came with magic gearing it's only destroying my body hub pawl but the silence and clean look.

    The chain is 8 speed 3/32 and the halflink is 1/8 so I just change the halflink roller with the 8 speed one it works fine.

    Not my current bike, just wanna show the idea:

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