Trust me - using the chain repair tool to join an 8 speed chain was not easy either.
I had just under 1000 miles on this chain at the time of the break. However, I need to do a thorough drive train cleaning. I hope to get 500 more miles out of this chain. I changed my last chain after 3000 miles and that may have been too many miles based on the very infrequent amount of chain cleaning that I do.
Based on the current condition of my chain, I probably get to replace both the chain and cassette next time.
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Rejoining a chain used to be fairly easy but now it isn't. To accommodate ever more gears, chains have gotten much narrower and tolerances are tiny. It is rather difficult if not impossible to correctly put together a 9 or 10 speed chain on the side of the road with generic tools. If you want to really be prepared bring a small chain tool and a SRAM Power Link. At the chain break remove the damaged link so you have the inside link on both sides and join with the Power Link.
Haven't mastered that either. Hasn't been a terribly high priority for me as I've never had it happen. I also change chains before they do much stretching...perhaps that helps? But yeah, so does not changing gears at a light... :-)
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