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    I love powerlinks Only ever had one com apart and it was though a really bad washboard. Of course that was once out of 10 years...
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    Quote Originally Posted by supersedona View Post
    I love powerlinks Only ever had one com apart and it was though a really bad washboard. Of course that was once out of 10 years...
    I've had to use one twice. Never reuse them--that was the first time. Second time helped on a climb where I killed my chain--and it took me 10 minutes to change it with a powerlink.
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    Never reuse them? That's kinda the point of why I like them, easy maintenance The link quality does not degrade much if any with use, it just came undone the one time for funky chain slap/tension issues(which is how they are made to unhook). Mine get taken off a couple times a month for thorough cleaning.
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    +1 to powerlinks. I have to trail repair 1-2 chains each season (not all mine ), so I don't leave home without 'em. I recently switched to Wipperman links, but haven't had a chance to try them out yet. (Of course I am tempting fate by announcing that before 3 weekends of big rides...)

    IMO, the Park CT-5 chain tool is the best there is for trailside fixes: Park Tool Co. ยป CT-5 : Mini Chain Brute Chain Tool : Chain

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    just plain unfriendly and maladjusted.
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    I think SRAM says that their connectors are one time use. KMC and Wipperman ones are reusable.
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    The 9spd power links were re-usable at least. Don't know if they've dumbed them down for the new 10spd systems.

    I've had a ride end because of a lack of proper powerlink availability.
    Be the prepared one on your next ride. Carry along a spare powerlink.

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    I don't think SRAM 10-speed powerlinks are supposed to be re-usable. I tape a powerlink to my seat rails, so I'm never without.

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    It could only be the 10 and 11sp chains that are not "reusable". I carry a 10sp KMC one as a spare.

    I also carry a 4 and 5mm hex wrench in my bag. I've had a couple crashes where I needed the 4mm to straighten out my bars.

    The taping to the seat rail is a good idea. I should do that with my road bike. I had the removable link on my road bike come off on its own while riding. I was lucky that I was able to find the link on the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miatagal96 View Post
    I tape a powerlink to my seat rails, so I'm never without.
    That's clever! Now I'm wondering what else I can stash up there.

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    just plain unfriendly and maladjusted.
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    I carry a bigger multitool, but this one is my favorite for quick fixes. No unfolding, finding the right hex, etc. Great for any ride, but if you ride in winter it is especially valuable as it can save your fingers from freezing as you struggle with a big multitool. It is small and light. It is a Park MT-1.
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