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    New question here. sram quick link

    How long does it really take you to disconnect a SRAM quick link? I find them great for assembling a chain, but impossible to remove. I end up just breaking the chain with a regular chainbreaker after some frustrating attempts to disconnect the thing.

    Am I just 'mechanically challenged' or is this common?

    Yes, the chain is dirty. I try to just clean the quicklink. and put some lube on. THe chain is not under tension... I just find that once the thing has been used for a while, it's just attached so firmly that I cannot disconnect it by hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    How long does it really take you to disconnect a SRAM quick link? I find them great for assembling a chain, but impossible to remove. I end up just breaking the chain with a regular chainbreaker after some frustrating attempts to disconnect the thing.

    Am I just 'mechanically challenged' or is this common?

    Yes, the chain is dirty. I try to just clean the quicklink. and put some lube on. THe chain is not under tension... I just find that once the thing has been used for a while, it's just attached so firmly that I cannot disconnect it by hand.
    Too long, I always needed some leverage, which takes away the idea of "quick". I use a 1/8" chain and a BMX link.

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    About 4 seconds...

    Kinda hard to explaine, you gotta squeeze it diagonally with a plyers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    How long does it really take you to disconnect a SRAM quick link? I find them great for assembling a chain, but impossible to remove. I end up just breaking the chain with a regular chainbreaker after some frustrating attempts to disconnect the thing.

    Am I just 'mechanically challenged' or is this common?

    Yes, the chain is dirty. I try to just clean the quicklink. and put some lube on. THe chain is not under tension... I just find that once the thing has been used for a while, it's just attached so firmly that I cannot disconnect it by hand.
    A few seconds... by hand... dirty and gritty... doesn't seem to matter.

    I wiggle and bend it a bit... usually in the plane parallel to the pins.

    My only words of advice are practice... once you get it, you'll never have this problem again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    How long does it really take you to disconnect a SRAM quick link? I find them great for assembling a chain, but impossible to remove. I end up just breaking the chain with a regular chainbreaker after some frustrating attempts to disconnect the thing.

    Am I just 'mechanically challenged' or is this common?

    Yes, the chain is dirty. I try to just clean the quicklink. and put some lube on. THe chain is not under tension... I just find that once the thing has been used for a while, it's just attached so firmly that I cannot disconnect it by hand.
    Takes me 10 seconds. The technique is to "smear it" open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoutdog
    Kinda hard to explaine, you gotta squeeze it diagonally with a plyers.

    pliers?! naw, by hand it takes about 2 seconds... squeeze the plates a bit while squeezing the pins towards each other and it opens right up... it's like a brassiere... too quickly, too much force, it all goes to hell... be gentle

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadiegonebad
    pliers?! naw, by hand it takes about 2 seconds... squeeze the plates a bit while squeezing the pins towards each other and it opens right up... it's like a brassiere... too quickly, too much force, it all goes to hell... be gentle
    thanks for the picture. i will need to revisit this.

    can you do the quicklink with one hand? the real question: can you open a bra with one hand? without looking? both lefty and righty?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadiegonebad
    . it's like a brassiere... too quickly, too much force, it all goes to hell..
    Har!!! Oh man! I wonder if it'd help to gently rub the bottom bracket and breathe on the headset at the same time?

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    I've noticed...

    that the "quick" links are much tighter now than they use to be. My old(previously unused)ones(like 5 years old) are very easy to undo, no chain cleaning needed. THe newer ones suck to get unhooked. I always have to clean the chain to get them loose. And yes, I can unhook a bra, singled handed, lefty or righty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    How long does it really take you to disconnect a SRAM quick link? I find them great for assembling a chain, but impossible to remove. I end up just breaking the chain with a regular chainbreaker after some frustrating attempts to disconnect the thing.

    Am I just 'mechanically challenged' or is this common?

    Yes, the chain is dirty. I try to just clean the quicklink. and put some lube on. THe chain is not under tension... I just find that once the thing has been used for a while, it's just attached so firmly that I cannot disconnect it by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinWheelz
    Bollocks. I can pop a bra open with one hand using only three fingers. I can't do that with a Powerlink!
    Flimsy Shimano bras...

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadiegonebad
    ... it's like a brassiere... too quickly, too much force, it all goes to hell... be gentle
    Bollocks. I can pop a bra open with one hand using only three fingers. I can't do that with a Powerlink!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Har!!! Oh man! I wonder if it'd help to gently rub the bottom bracket and breathe on the headset at the same time?
    try a magnum of cold white wine and some flowers.
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    Agree with the bra comment, once you learn how to undo one it becomes second nature.

    Try to undo a KMC, those things are a pain to disconnect.

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