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Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 5:47pm
by OldLimey
I know you all must have been wondering what a dismantled 10-speed chain looks like. Well, wonder no more, because I dismantled my old one. It was laborious but the upside is, I got some practice with the chain tool.

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Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 5:48pm
by Jdsk
"Assembly is the reverse of disassembly."

: - )

Jonathan

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 5:49pm
by OldLimey
And here's the chain in a sandwich bag. It takes up less room this way.

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Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 5:51pm
by OldLimey
Jdsk wrote:"Assembly is the reverse of disassembly."

: - )

Jonathan

I ain't putting it back together, if that's what yer implying! :D

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 6:31pm
by Mick F
It's nice and clean. :D

Can we have a photo of what it looked like before you striped it down, or maybe part-way?

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 6:34pm
by peetee
I wonder, how many people would consider buying a new chain in this form if it meant you got it at half price?

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 6:38pm
by Mick F
................and another thing .................

How many links in your chain?
Seems to me, that you have a rather short one.

Count the pins.

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 7:07pm
by Cyril Haearn
There is a discussion elsewhere on these fora about noisy freewheels and possible punishments for noise pollution
I suggest chain re-assembly with the pins perfectly centred :wink:

How long did it take you to dismantle it?

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 7:46pm
by rjb
With a bag of nails you could rebuild it into a duplex or triplex chain. :wink:

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 11:02pm
by OldLimey
Mick F wrote:It's nice and clean. :D

Can we have a photo of what it looked like before you striped it down, or maybe part-way?


I soaked it in a citrus cleaner for a few hours, and shook the pot around, but it was still greasy. My hands were black by time I finished.

I can post a photo of a replica chain that replaced it. :D

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 11:08pm
by OldLimey
Mick F wrote:................and another thing .................

How many links in your chain?
Seems to me, that you have a rather short one.

Count the pins.


It had 122 links when new. The replacement was 122 links but then I had to remove a couple of them to make it the right length. Laying the old and new chains side by side, two links had to be removed.

The pins are mixed up with all the other parts in a bag, and I ain't gonna count 'em for nobody! :D

Correction: The new chain is listed as having 116 links. I had to remove four. So it's a total of 112 links plus the master link.

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 11:15pm
by OldLimey
rjb wrote:With a bag of nails you could rebuild it into a duplex or triplex chain. :wink:


I was thinking of scattering the bag of parts along the road for cars to pick up. :D
Actually, I threw the old chain in the recycling bin but then realized it could get caught up in the recycling equipment and do some serious damage. So around 3 a.m. this morning, I was awake and wondering what to do with it. Then the idea of dismantling it came to me.

The machines that make the chains in the factories must have been designed by brilliant people. One of the parts I couldn't save was the tiny O rings. They were like wire not much thicker than a human hair, and they built up around the chain tool pin, making it very hard to get them off. I used a sharp knife and pointed pliers to remove them.

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 11:22pm
by OldLimey
Cyril Haearn wrote:There is a discussion elsewhere on these fora about noisy freewheels and possible punishments for noise pollution
I suggest chain re-assembly with the pins perfectly centred :wink:

How long did it take you to dismantle it?


I bought up your suggestion at a board meeting (the board I dismantled the chain on), and it was rejected. Sorry about that! :D

I'd guess it took around an hour or just a bit longer. I first cut the chain into about 150mm pieces to make it easier to handle. It's not a project I would care to tackle, again. I really just wanted to see what it would look like. I wonder if any other chain-breaking tool has done as much work!

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 11:24pm
by OldLimey
peetee wrote:I wonder, how many people would consider buying a new chain in this form if it meant you got it at half price?


That gives me an idea for selling it on eBay. "Used 10-speed chain. Needs some assembly." :D

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

Posted: 17 Oct 2020, 11:53pm
by drossall
I wasn't actually present, but a clubmate once described his chain exploding on the way home from a club 10. He said that he was scrabbling round in the road trying to collect enough bits to build something to get home when, luckily, another rider came by in a car.

I've always visualised something like this for the event, although logic dictates otherwise :D