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Re: Do you use a 'clip on' master link on chain ?
Now this is a funny topic with bikes.
I hear so much hate for the clip link, yet im from a mx backround where ive won aus championships on em, never lost one, others have won worlds championships, raced in desert races, paris dakar etc etc, clip link.
But ok they arent road bikes, granted. I however believe that with cush drives the resonance thru the driveline is even less, hence the ability for the clip to pop off is even less.
But there is also a little known fact on putting on clip links. Clip links are pressed, or punched from a tensile steel. When you look real close at the clip itself, it is rounded on one side, and really flat on the other. Kinda like a " D " from side on. The rounded edges should always face the side link/plate, as its better for frequency/resonance etc for it to resist falling off.
And of course when the chain is on the way back to the countershaft sprocket, on the top row, the clip should be in a "C" position, not facing around the other way.
To go out of the way to make sure you never loose one, add a smear of three bond across the clip and sideplate. Wont come off, ever.
I do admit on my race bike i still peen my link over, but on my track/stunter i just use clip links so i can change gearing easy. Despite popular rumor, clip links are no weaker than peen over links, they use the same side plates, same pins you name it.
I also attribute poor chain/sprocket maintinance / lubrication to link failure.
Id say its a 50/50 thing.