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SRAM power link

Catrin2012-02-26 17:15:23 +0000 #1
Wooot! I took my SRAM chain off the bike for the very first time - even got this snazzy tool to help me with it since my fingers aren't so good. Been trying different kinds of lube on my Gunnar and things got a little...over lubed. So on my LBS guys advice I took it off to clean it.

It is now all nice and clean and stripped down

However.....I lost one half of the power link

So back to the LBS tomorrow to get a new one....but at least I got it apart and cleaned successfully. This is really cool as I am far from being talented at things mechanical.

Now it is time for a beer and a movie since I can't do anything further without a full power link. Good thing I wasn't planning on riding the Gunnar tomorrow!
OakLeaf2012-02-26 17:17:26 +0000 #2
Technically you're not supposed to re-use them anyway, although I know a lot of people do.

I've never been able to get one off without the chain tool. Not with pliers, not with two pairs of pliers, nohow.

Get two when you go to the LBS. It's good to have a spare in your seat pack in case of chain breakage.
smilingcat2012-02-26 17:28:47 +0000 #3
+1 with Oak.

Never reuse powerlink. The pins WILL COME OUT while riding!!
Catrin2012-02-26 18:19:13 +0000 #4
Cool, thanks for the tip! It is good there is much room in my Camelbak, plenty of room for the tool and a spare power link.
Hi Ho Silver2012-02-26 18:30:31 +0000 #5
Oakleaf is right - SRAM's Powerlink is cannot be reused. However, I read on KMC's site that their version of the Powerlink, called the Missing Link, is reuseable. I bought a KMC Missing Link for my 10R (R stands for reuseable I think) speed chain a couple weeks ago and the package does verify that it can be reused.

Catrin2012-02-26 18:46:17 +0000 #6
The Power Links my LBS sell are not from SRAM and are reusable. I thought it odd at the time they didn't sell the SRAM version, but that explains it. They also are a little costly, but that is probably from being reusable. I was quite pleased with how easily the tool worked, and glad that I am starting to learn little things bit by bit.
esmorin2012-02-26 18:14:25 +0000 #7
really? SRAM powerlinks aren't reusable? I have that style link on my mountain bike..and have re-linked it and haven't had a problem.



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