Friday, April 12, 2013

Bike Shop: 3/19/13


Task: Complete repairs and tune up of Schwinn MTB
Problem: I failed to "set" new chain. No damage, but a good lesson.
Solution: Most new chains come with a splicing link (aka PowerLink). After installing that link, you need to apply pressure to set it. The easiest way is to put the splice on the top run of chain (not below between the rear derailleur and the chain wheel)  and give the pedals a few good raps while holding the rear wheel. The goal is to put the chain under enough tension to set the link. My accidental method was to simply ride the bike. That works fine, but only if the chain doesn't slip off instead of setting.

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