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Stiff links

A newly fixed link will often be stiff because the process of pushing through the rivet has jammed the chain plates together. You may also find that stiff links develop while you’re out riding. Heavy rain can do it, as can cycling through rivers. You can feel a stiff link when you pedal with moderate pressure – the chain regularly slips a little, enough to annoy you, but not always at the same point in the pedal stroke. ...

Stiff links (split links) - 2

Stiff links/ split links

Often, the link you’ve just joined is stiff, although stiff links occur for other reasons: the chain may need lubricating, or you’re riding in the wet. You feel a stiff link as you’re riding – the pedals slip forward regularly, but at different places in the pedal revolution. ...