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How do I attach this master link on the chain?

These master links require using the chain as a lever on either end to subtly bend the link, and press the plate on with your thumbs. The risk of using force with pliers is that it may damage the ...
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A 9 speed quicklink fits an 8 speed chain, and feels secure, but is it?

9 speed should be thinner than 8 speed, so I imagine that if it clicks closed you're good to go. Nominally 6/7/8 speed chain is 7.1mm wide, and 9 speed chain is 6.7mm. Is it possible your chain is ...
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Assembling cut off brand new chain links into one single chain

In theory yes, in practice unlikely it is worth it. For chains targeting 8 gears of less, the pins are reuseable, but for modern chains of 10 speed or higher, you need replacement pins. The cost would ...
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Assembling cut off brand new chain links into one single chain

Yes, but lets work the costs - A single chain costs me $55 (SHIMANO 105 11-Speed Road Chain CN-HG601-11) and has 114 links. This chain will last ~3000 km because I wax. My bike only needs 108 links ...
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A 9 speed quicklink fits an 8 speed chain, and feels secure, but is it?

I was curious as to why it fitted, so I took some measurements. These were in the middle of the plates - the nominal width is at the rivets so would be expected to be larger. This is a KMC 9X 9-speed ...
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A 9 speed quicklink fits an 8 speed chain, and feels secure, but is it?

I'm amazed that you were able to get a 9 speed quick link closed on an 8 speed chain. I once bought a 9 speed, KMC, "missing link" to join a Shimano 8 speed chain. I messed with it for an ...
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Strategy for waxing (reinstaling) 12 speed chains

There are, in fact, reusable 12s quick links. The Wipperman Connex 12s link just became available. It should be reusable for the entire life of the chain, as it doesn't snap closed. It relies on the ...
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A 9 speed quicklink fits an 8 speed chain, and feels secure, but is it?

I would guess that it would be ok at least for the short term, although chains are so inexpensive that I would suggest getting the properly matching set as soon as is convenient. It may be that the ...
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How do I attach this master link on the chain?

I had one of those installed by a bike shop on my recumbent trike with 3 x 9 gearing, so if yours is the same it is for 8 or 9 speed chain, not for 11 speed. Installing them requires a special tool or ...
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