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Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby TomBikes » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:45 pm

I just picked up an old malvern star frame from the local tip. After check of the joints and such I decided to turn it into a ss/fixie get around town, don't really care about bike. I just have a slight problem at the moment. I don't have a chain tool and I'm also unable to find the master chain link. Anyone have any ghetto chain removal solutions?
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby bychosis » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:21 pm

hacksaw or grinder?
hammer sometihing like a spike down between the plates to get them to pop?
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby high_tea » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:22 pm

I've used boltcutters on an old, rusted-solid chain. The chain wasn't good for anything afterwards, but then again it wasn't good for anything before that either.
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby drubie » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:07 am

I've broken proper chain tools on solidly rusted chains before. Now I hit them with an angle grinder instead.
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby DavidI » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:48 am

Dremel and cutting disc = hot knife through butter :)
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby slidetaker » Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:15 pm

Chain breaker tool.....you probably need one for the new chain anyway.

If you insist, put it under a hammer and a hard rock, focus on the rustest link, go crazy, it will break.
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby HappyHumber » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:53 pm

slidetaker wrote:Chain breaker tool.....you probably need one for the new chain anyway.



^^ Like drubie said. If I am not worried about reusing the chain. I will just mash it with a grinder, bolt cutters or a centre punch on one of the rivets. Or any combination of these. I have ruined what I thought were decent chain tools on long dead & rigor-mortified chains before..... but that's not to say you don't need one for cutting a new replacement chain.
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby LG » Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:06 pm

A 'ghetto' method would probably be hacksaw through chainstay. Simple!
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby uncle arthur » Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:15 pm

LG wrote:A 'ghetto' method would probably be hacksaw through chainstay. Simple!


Don't joke - I've seen that for real in a redneck fixes bike vid on you tube - and it wasn't a cheap frame the redneck destroyed....... and then "repaired" :roll:
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:41 pm

Got any sturdy pointed pliers? One good squeeze in the middle of a pair of outer plates should spring them.
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby TomBikes » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:43 pm

Thanks for the replies. I'll try some tomorrow and tell you what works.
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby toolonglegs » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:04 am

Two shifters / adjustable spanners clamped down on the side plates... Twist back and forth a couple of times.
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby jasonc » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:28 am

uncle arthur wrote:
LG wrote:A 'ghetto' method would probably be hacksaw through chainstay. Simple!


Don't joke - I've seen that for real in a redneck fixes bike vid on you tube - and it wasn't a cheap frame the redneck destroyed....... and then "repaired" :roll:


please tell me the "repair was done with gaffa tape
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby uncle arthur » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:57 am

jasonc wrote:
uncle arthur wrote:
LG wrote:A 'ghetto' method would probably be hacksaw through chainstay. Simple!


Don't joke - I've seen that for real in a redneck fixes bike vid on you tube - and it wasn't a cheap frame the redneck destroyed....... and then "repaired" :roll:


please tell me the "repair was done with gaffa tape


The "repair was done by said redneck whittling down a piece of timber to act as a dowel, inserted into the cut ends of the former chainstay, which was then sealed (from memory) wrapped with duct tape.
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby high_tea » Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:15 pm

uncle arthur wrote:
jasonc wrote:
uncle arthur wrote:
Don't joke - I've seen that for real in a redneck fixes bike vid on you tube - and it wasn't a cheap frame the redneck destroyed....... and then "repaired" :roll:


please tell me the "repair was done with gaffa tape


The "repair was done by said redneck whittling down a piece of timber to act as a dowel, inserted into the cut ends of the former chainstay, which was then sealed (from memory) wrapped with duct tape.


I can just imagine the redneck dentistry video they made after that repair failed. Moonshine, a cold chisel and some more whittlin' :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Ghetto methods of chain removal/destroying

Postby TomBikes » Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:32 pm

Used a few methods mixed together. First I twisted an inner chain link up, then I wiggled it a little with some pliers, then I finally popped the plate off with a screwdriver and a hammer.

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