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Well, I am a new rider and have been enjoying my bike for a few weeks now, but tonight, I am in the market for a new chain. I am still new to the scene so I'm not exactly sure what I should be looking for in terms of specs for a chain to make sure that I don't snap another one. My bike is a Schwinn Homegrown with Shimano Deore XT derailleurs. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
 

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Since a homegrown could be 8 or 9 speed, here is some basic info:

Most chains from a manufacturer are the same design, the more expensive versions have better finish (like nickel plating) for corrosion resistance. SRAM and KMC come with reuseable masterlinks to allow removal without tools. Shimano chains come with a special pin to connect the chain. It is critical to follow the directions on these, but the 9 speed chains work fine with SRAM or KMC replaceable masterlinks.

With 9 speed chains, Shimano and KMC (whom makes Shimano chains) X9.x chains have 1.5x more pin pull strength than SRAM 9 speed. Though a properly maintained chain that is not cross chained or subjected to forced shifts under power is unlikely to break regardless of what chain you pick.

Personally I like Shimano and KMC best
 

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I've gone to Wippermann Connex chains. I'm a big guy and hard on stuff. Be careful when starting out. Don't shift while starting to pedal (shift before you stop). Don't pedal hard while shifting (let up a little).
 

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For 9 speed I have had the best luck with DuraAce/XTR (7701) or the KMC x9 series chains. I use the wipperman connex master link on all of them with no issues.
 

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It is an 8 speed. It popped after a car pulled out in front of me, and I had to avoid it and lost speed. I did downshift, but I didn't give it a lot of power at all and it just gave out. I never had any issues in the past with chains, but then again, I am a lot bigger and stronger than I was when I rode before.
 
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