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guccipolo
(Reply to #801)

shane.rrr wrote:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BbKMUd5B-me/

Heated handlebars! This looks amazing. Imagine if you could tie that system into a dyno

Had a customer who wanted to try this with battery power. I almost convinced him to power it with a dyno, but he didn't quite get it. He's also doing this to keep his hands warm on his walmart fixed gear while doing Caviar deliveries.

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:27
cousinmosquito
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I had no idea that a 9 speed power-link would work on 10 speed chain. I guess I imagined the pins were of different diameters. I am not going stress about carrying 3 different size power-links quite so much anymore. The things you learn as your eyesight degrades.

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:06
crowding
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no noise or engagement/shifting troubles?

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:24
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #804)

crowding wrote:
no noise or engagement/shifting troubles?

Not a whisper. Smooth as. I only noticed it was the wrong one when I went to shorten the chain. Not something I would do on purpose, but I'm pretty sure it would get me home.

I've (eventually) diagnosed several drivetrain "clicks" in the past that were the result of a sloppy power-link but they were on quite worn chains, and they were actually the right size joiners, but could well have been a KMC or a SRAM joiner on a shimano chain or whatever combo. I do tend to re-use power-links regardless of whether or not they are supposed to be reused.

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:34
Viggen
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Carrying one or two 9sp quick links in your trail kit around here is essential, save any one's ride home or down the mountain if a link decides to go bust on pretty much any chain.

Saved a new found friend that way in Slovenia 3 hours into a full day of trail riding. I suspect his 11sp chain still has that 9sp quick link on there with no issue.

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Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:47
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #806)

Heh heh. Yeah hot tip. I've saved plenty of assess too. I don't go anywhere without at least a couple of power links and boot and patch kit. And tube of course. But eye-balling tubes can be difficult so I default to a 26 minimum which fits most. Not tried to stuff a 29er in a 26. I guess it would work?

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:52
kmcdon
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(Reply to #807)

cousinmosquito wrote:
Not tried to stuff a 29er in a 26. I guess it would work?

It can but you gotta be real careful not to twist it or anything, else it might pop inside the tire. It's janky as fuck but it can be done.

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:55
jdsmooth
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I've also mingled 9s quicklinks with 10s chains. My last mtb chain went 2000km that way with no issue.
Totally into saving/reusing quicklinks for repairs.

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:57
Shortpants
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I have never once thought of carrying a masterlink on me. Granted I still mostly ride track bikes and 1/8" chains are beefy but you'd think that with it being the only means of stopping/not dying this would have occurred to me before.

Have I been doing it wrong the whole time and should stuff a masterlink in my tool roll? Both for 1/8" and I guess 10speed?

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 03:45
ergott
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I keep a link in my bag. Small enough

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 07:53
jdsmooth
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It's easy to stash some quicklinks + spare links in the bar ends. Also have zip-tied to seat rail and cable housings.
My chains tend to snap in the woods amongst rocks. I did break two on the road, but never a 1/8 or 6-7-8s.

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:02
kmcdon
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(Reply to #812)

jdsmooth wrote:
It's easy to stash some quicklinks + spare links in the bar ends. Also have zip-tied to seat rail and cable housings.
My chains tend to snap in the woods amongst rocks. I did break two on the road, but never a 1/8 or 6-7-8s.

Most of my chain failures are on mtb. I've got like 3 quick links in my pugsley chain.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:18
Shortpants
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I was working on a spencer the other day and the guy had a quicklink taped to his cable housing.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:40
Todd
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I need to start doing this.
I can recall 3 times in the last couple of years that I have broken chains and put them back together out in the dirt with a crankbrothers multi-tool and lots of swearing.

also, fuck breaking chains, omg my knees hurt just thinking about it. Injury induced patellar tendinitis at lest once a year over here.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:48
NOVELTYNAME
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I always have a quicklink in my rando bag. Right next to emergency blanket and first aid kit.

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:57
joy of vaping
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A quicklink is also useful to turn your spencer into a shitty singlespeed to get home when you break your dangler on a rock

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:12
mander
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Quick link goes in the patch kit, next to the spoke wrench with a nipple taped to it.

In related news, I was replacing a rim and noticed it was Schrader drilled . I had been derpily putting presta valves in that thing long enough to wear it out from braking. So, maybe that's not a big deal.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:24
Andrew_Squirrel
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In quick-link storage news did anyone see this one yet?

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:48
NOVELTYNAME
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Decent.

Now if it’s competitively priced (compared to lezyne or birzman) it’s probably worth having

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:53
shane.rrr
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I have the Crank Brother M19 multitool. I like it and have never had any issues

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:31
Sneaky Viking
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Protip, if you're gonna bring a quick link, bring a small shitty chain tool too. It sucks trying to bang a pin out with a rock.

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:56
cousinmosquito
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My multi-tool tool is a lezyne and its been great, I don't leave the house without that either. That and horizontal drop-outs once saved my arse 3 days into a very hilly 5 day dirt brevet. I guess the minimum distance I ride is about an hour so if I break my chain I am pretty much stuffed without a quick link. I've never done the first aid kit thing. I don't know why. Probably just been lucky. I should think about it for longer rides.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:07
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #823)

Sneaky Viking wrote:
Protip, if you're gonna bring a quick link, bring a small shitty chain tool too. It sucks trying to bang a pin out with a rock.

Hell yeah. A power-link by itself is not gonna fix much. Luckily small shitty chain tools come by default in multi-tools. Some of them you can take off the multi-tool if you are that weenery.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:10
Tail Hook Lengthener
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I wouldn’t even consider a multitool which doesn’t have a built-in chain breaker. After flat tires, it’s literally the most common form of trail or roadside failure.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
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Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:20
motorbacon
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Syncros multitool/bottle cage has magnets to hold the quick links. So good.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:11
Sneaky Viking
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(Reply to #826)

Tail Hook Lengthener wrote:
I wouldn’t even consider a multitool which doesn’t have a built-in chain breaker. After flat tires, it’s literally the most common form of trail or roadside failure.

I haven't bought a multi tool in at least 10 years. In that time, I've accumulated a couple from seat bags of bikes I've bought. None have chain tools.

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:00
mdilthey
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Thanks for reminding me to buy a second chain-breaker-multitool for my other bike

26/M/41t N/W

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:41
lukasz
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i like that blackburn!

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 20:26
Patch
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looks good, but I really do not get L-shaped allen keys on a multitool. When are they an improvement?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 04:24
jimmythefly
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I can think of a few tight places where they are useful, especially on multitools with big fat bodies. Certain MTB brake lever adjustments. FD clamp bolts. Some bottle cage screws. Rear fender attachment near the BB.

On that Blackburn tool one of the L is needed for using the quick link separator.

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad spencer. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 05:59

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