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DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby Newton » Sun May 12, 2013 4:40 pm

Recently move to a ten speed bike and I've always been one to take my chains off regularly and wash them. I've always used KMC chains and todate I've had no problems taking off the 9 speed chains, easily unclipping the missing link to remove the chains. The 10 Speed chain links are another story, nearly impossible to remove by hand. So I made a simple and very easy tool to remove the link, and it works like a dream ...

I pair of scissors, a dremmel and 5 minutes later a tool that works great for those tough to remove 10 speed missing links.

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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby thecaptn » Sun May 12, 2013 4:56 pm

Ingenious.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby isabella24 » Sun May 12, 2013 5:50 pm

The reason the chain link can be so hard to remove is because normally you have to pinch the links together (ie pinch the 2 plates together) as well as pushing them towards the slots. This way they come apart very easily by hand.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby toolonglegs » Sun May 12, 2013 6:25 pm

Did you need to get the chain off to polish it better? ;-)
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby Tim » Sun May 12, 2013 6:28 pm

isabella24 wrote:The reason the chain link can be so hard to remove is because normally you have to pinch the links together (ie pinch the 2 plates together) as well as pushing them towards the slots. This way they come apart very easily by hand.


That's the trick. Easy. No tool necessary.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby Newton » Sun May 12, 2013 8:39 pm

Tim wrote:
isabella24 wrote:The reason the chain link can be so hard to remove is because normally you have to pinch the links together (ie pinch the 2 plates together) as well as pushing them towards the slots. This way they come apart very easily by hand.


That's the trick. Easy. No tool necessary.


Agree 9 speed - Disagree 10 speed
Box of beer if you can remove my KMC link on my 10 speed chain .... by hand, no tools
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby Mulger bill » Mon May 13, 2013 6:55 pm

Newton wrote:
Tim wrote:
isabella24 wrote:The reason the chain link can be so hard to remove is because normally you have to pinch the links together (ie pinch the 2 plates together) as well as pushing them towards the slots. This way they come apart very easily by hand.


That's the trick. Easy. No tool necessary.


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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby lethoso » Tue May 14, 2013 10:50 pm

I find pliers carefully applied to the opposite corners on the link will shift em apart reasonably well. It's a bit fiddly though.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby thecaptn » Wed May 15, 2013 8:21 am

I always used to separate the links with my fingers or pliers if they were hard but I had one on a new bike last year that was really tough, I thought I'd end up damaging it. I bought a pair of link pliers and I think they're great.

I recon your home made jobby is brilliant.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby simonn » Wed May 15, 2013 10:45 am

Newton wrote:
Tim wrote:
isabella24 wrote:The reason the chain link can be so hard to remove is because normally you have to pinch the links together (ie pinch the 2 plates together) as well as pushing them towards the slots. This way they come apart very easily by hand.


That's the trick. Easy. No tool necessary.


Agree 9 speed - Disagree 10 speed
Box of beer if you can remove my KMC link on my 10 speed chain .... by hand, no tools


Agree 9 speed.
Agree 10 speed. However, it can take a few very frustrating minutes so I purchased a LifeLine Master Chain Link Remover for the cost of joining a mailing list (again) ;). With a toddler in the house I don't get enough time to mess around with my bike so the tool is well worth the cost. However, I don't take the tool with me on the road because it can be done by hand on the extremely rare occasion I need to (which is never, so far).
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby Uncle Just » Wed May 15, 2013 4:54 pm

I use KMC 10speed links with 7801 chains and they are easy to remove by hand. I've tried a few joining links and KMC are the best IMO. Your home made tool is nifty. Whatever works.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby thecaptn » Wed May 22, 2013 9:19 pm

SRAM Powerlock 10 speed as opposed to Powerlink are realy hard to get off without a removal tool I hear. Best to stick with the KMC unless you're happy to carry a removal tool.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby Duck! » Wed May 22, 2013 9:25 pm

The reason why SRAM call their 10-speed links "PowerLock" as opposed the the 8- & 9-speed "PowerLink" is because they're intended to remain locked to the chain until it's time to replace it.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby thecaptn » Wed May 22, 2013 10:57 pm

Why would you want to lock your chain on?
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby Duck! » Wed May 22, 2013 11:09 pm

Secure fit. I've never popped a pinned Shimano chain. I've seen numerous people left walking by separated joining links. PowerLock is a more secure joining link, not intended to be repeatedly undone, hence the difficulty (nigh impossibility) of opening one by hand.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby thecaptn » Wed May 22, 2013 11:21 pm

I've never heard of a anyone breaking a joining link, what kind of freaking gorillas do you ride with :shock:
Sounds reasonable though. I've got one coming on a chain from Wiggle, I might just keep it as a spare :wink:
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby Duck! » Wed May 22, 2013 11:37 pm

I didn't say "broken", I said "separated". :wink:
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby thecaptn » Thu May 23, 2013 8:06 am

If someones link separates without damage why would they need to push their bike? Couldn't they just clip the link back together?
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby Duck! » Thu May 23, 2013 8:48 am

Not when it's flown off into the wilderness.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby winstonw » Thu May 23, 2013 9:20 am

I bought a park tool for about $10...no chance of cutting my fingers on them!
This one might work better
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-Bicycle- ... 43b88f2be4
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby thecaptn » Thu May 23, 2013 10:30 am

Duck! wrote:Not when it's flown off into the wilderness.

How would you know that it wasn't broken then?
Maybe they hadn't clipped the link together properly in the first place?
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Re: DIY - 10 Speed missing link removal tool

Postby eeksll » Thu May 23, 2013 11:04 am

I have popped a pin twice. Neither was the joining pin. One was my fault, I pushed a pin out to lengthen the chain and reused the pin. The other was a regular pin on a 105 chain. I joined the chain with a quick link I carry to get home. However I still needed to use the normal chain pin tool to complete the roadside service.

I think the idea of the quicklink (inparticular the sram non-reusable one) is for easy, noob proof, installation. Not for all this OCD chain cleaning types, but the resuable ones lend itself well to this.

I have one of those tools, i bought it after I couldnt get the 8 speed quicklink off, I ended up driving a pin out, cause I had 'that' tool. Haven't used the tool yet cause I don't remove chains.
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