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Old 07-29-2013, 11:21 PM   #31
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Clips.

And I make sure they are installed the correct way, or they will come loose.


Never once had a problem and makes swapping gearing easier if chain needs to be shortened or lengthened.
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:17 AM   #32
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How does that work? Do you run two clip links?
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:14 AM   #33
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For you riveting guys.......what chain tool do you use and do you carry it with you when you ride on trips? If you use solid rivets I think the tool would be pretty heavy......
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:22 AM   #34
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Clips.

And I make sure they are installed the correct way, or they will come loose.


Never once had a problem and makes swapping gearing easier if chain needs to be shortened or lengthened.
Exactly- Its the main reason I stared the thread: Ive got two sets of wheels, with different gearing, and wanted to keep dedicated chain that's matched for that gearing, and most importantly making it easier to swap from one to the other.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:47 AM   #35
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I have used all methods described above and lost clips with and without silicone. Never lost safety wire described in a previous post. Make sure you do it exactly like the picture, tail at trailing end, do not curl.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:30 AM   #36
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What thickness safety wire?
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:35 AM   #37
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0.032" stainless aircraft grade works best.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:41 AM   #38
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It is my understanding that lots of shops are no longer selling big bike chains with clips. Choice may have already been made for you.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:45 AM   #39
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For you riveting guys.......what chain tool do you use and do you carry it with you when you ride on trips? If you use solid rivets I think the tool would be pretty heavy......

I rivet when I'm at home but pack some extra clip type links for the trail. I use a Motion Pro Jumbo at home which could probably be carried without noticing the weight if you're loaded to travel on one of these pigs.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:36 PM   #40
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Clips are fine for standard chains, but if you have an o-ring chain, riveted masters are better. Its the constant outward pressure of the o-rings that do not allow a master link clip any way to recover from being whacked out of its slot, and wear the clip and slot. This is why race bikes can get away with the clips- no o-ring chains.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:35 AM   #41
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Why bother grinding the pin heads off and using a tool to push the pin out? I used to do it like this until one day the light went on above my head, and used the grinder to just cut straight through the chain, takes no time at all and saves pissing around pushing pins out.

I assume you're putting a new chain on.
Agreed.

If you grind or file the pins, why bother with a special tool? Just use a screwdriver between the links and twist - it's quick and easy.

If you don't need to swap your chain for different gearing, why not use the rivet link that you get free with the (DID) chain?

Also, it's pretty quick and easy to remove the swinging arm to swap out the chain without splitting if you're removing the wheel anyway.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:05 AM   #42
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The only downside with a clip is that if you install the clip backwards and the chain comes in contact with anything, it can push the clip loose.

It's not an issue is the clip is installed the correct direction.


I have, on 2 occasions, swapped a clip around on a bike I have purchased 2nd hand

YMMV
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:12 AM   #43
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I have been a clip user since 1974 and will continue to do so. Why, because I remove the chain for inspection and cleaning quite often plus I replace the counter shaft sprocket when needed.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:30 AM   #44
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Bought a DID 525 vx chain and fitted it up yesterday. Was suprised to see it did not come with a rivet link, only a clip link.
Went back to 3 diffrent shops to find a rivet link and none had one to fit. Was recomended to just run the clip.
Call me old fashion. I want a rivet. Even had a mechanic tell me all bike (Ducati) come with clips now.
Hmmm, Im suspicious about that.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:51 AM   #45
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on pure dirtbikes, i will run a clip. on anything i ride on the street, rivet 100% all the time.

on last weeks ride a guy clip took off on him, and luckily nothing happened short of some minor case scraping. could have been a disaster if the wheel locked up on him.

there are enough hazards out there on the street at speed, i don't need to add another.
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