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So just bought a bike about a month ago and bike has about 32 miles. yesterday went to fully loop and the link in the chain was bent and got stuck on rear derailur (spelling error) so i removed the bent link, removed two links total, and put the chain back together. The noob question is do i have to replace the chain or should i just leave it alone?

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i would think as long as no other links are bent you would be fine. two links short isnt a big diffrence and if you dont use your biggest front sprocket then it for sure wouldnt be a problem. make sure the rest of the chain is in good shape though
thanks, it shifts fine to all the gears...
Did you use a quick link or did you reuse a link pin ? If its a Shimano chain you are not supposed to reuse link pins .
i reused a link pin and it is a shimano chain so i guess new chain
Just get yourself a SRAM power link , match it to your chain , 9 speed chain = 9 speed link .
or just buy a master link. although i have reused link pins on a shimano chain before(because i was in a pinch) and i forgot about it and it didnt become a problem for a over a year.
There are those who say it's OK to ride a too-short chain as long as you never use the big/big combo which it can't loop. I disagree. Yes it's OK in a pinch, but there's always the risk that one day you'll forget which ring you're on and inadvertently shift into the taboo combination, possibly destroying the RD, rear axle, derailleur hanger or all three. The bike should be set up so that no combination leads to instant disaster.

When setting up your new chain, consider using a chain longer than the shortest possible, leaving you the option of later cutting out a damaged link, and still having enough chain.

Also take a moment to assess why you twisted a link and damaged this new chain in the first place. Odds are it was from an aggressive shift under load. These are absolutely to be avoided since they put tremendous load on the plates, either twisting them, or pushing them out on the pins leading to later breakage (always when it's least convenient). Try to anticipate your shifting needs and shift before it's too late, If you have to shift under load, lighten the pedal load to just enough to turn the crank using the bikes momentum to carry you through the shift.

Improving your riding technique will go a long way to getting the maximum service from your drive train.
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take the largest front sprocket off and add a bash guard in its place... problem solved and it will keep your sprockets in good condition longer
AZ.MTNS said:
Just get yourself a SRAM power link , match it to your chain , 9 speed chain = 9 speed link .
Bingo as usual by AZ. It will work with Shimano chain. I only use sram chains now but did this when using shimano chains. I also carry extra 9 and 10 sp power links in my back pack. They come in handy occasionally.

You can use a chain lenght calculator to see what length should be. This isn't a hard and fast rule but I use it with no issues:
thanks for all the advise, I ended up buying a new SRAM 9 speed chain. Also thanks for all the advise and riding tips...
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