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Im not sure... but had a look around the net and advice seems to be to replace the chain n sprockets... it does mention easing it with chain lube to see if that releases, but ultimately advises to get new.

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how stiff is the link ? can you move it easily with your hands?


a stiff link doesnt always mean replacement


how well do you look after it ? and how old is the chain ?


you can get away with a good clean and some oil on the chain and it will free off


i have had to move a rivet before to free a chain off but its not easy to do without the right tools as you need to move it first from side to side then centralise it again then rivet the pin to stop further movement


if the chain is old or the mileage is unknown i woyld replace it if its only got a few thousand miles on it give it a good clean and a lube and see how it goes

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how stiff is the link ? can you move it easily with your hands?


a stiff link doesnt always mean replacement


how well do you look after it ? and how old is the chain ?


you can get away with a good clean and some oil on the chain and it will free off


i have had to move a rivet before to free a chain off but its not easy to do without the right tools as you need to move it first from side to side then centralise it again then rivet the pin to stop further movement


if the chain is old or the mileage is unknown i woyld replace it if its only got a few thousand miles on it give it a good clean and a lube and see how it goes

Yes I can easily flex the stiff link. The chain is the original chain, 2003 bike, so my brother in law tells me (he sold me the bike)

I have oiled it with non-fling chain lube. I haven't tried penetrating oil yet.

Am I likely to do much damage to my bike riding it with a stiff link? I rattles a lot at low speed and vibrates at high (ish) speed

Are there any online guides about how to replace a chain?

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Yes I can easily flex the stiff link. The chain is the original chain, 2003 bike, so my brother in law tells me (he sold me the bike)

I have oiled it with non-fling chain lube. I haven't tried penetrating oil yet. clean it as discussed on here, and apply chain oil, non-fling lube tends to keep all the cr** on the chain, so every now and then it needs a good clean,

Am I likely to do much damage to my bike riding it with a stiff link? I rattles a lot at low speed and vibrates at high (ish) speed you will find that if the link becomes stuck then as you slow and travel through town the bike feels like its got a misfire (lurches a bit), i had this with my bandit.

Are there any online guides about how to replace a chain?http://www.canyonchasers.net/shop/generic/chain-rplc.php

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