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    Another chain replacement dumb question.

    About to attempt replacement. Got proper tools, tire lift, etc..
    Is it better to break the chain on the top part or the bottom part? My brain does not compute stuff like this well. I’m thinking to break it at the bottom, connect new chain to old one, rotate tire backward until the left end of the new chain is at 12 o clock on the rear sprocket and the wrap the other end of the new chain on the rear sprocket to meet the left end. Is this correct? I appreciate the help. Thank you.
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    Top or bottom makes no difference...but I don't know why people insist on hooking new chain to old, I've never had a problem passing a new chain through the CS and out the bottom....am I doing something right?

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    May be because the front sprocket is not accessible without removing the front cover? I’m guessing...
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    I typically break mine on the top run with the master link at approximately the 1 o'clock position on the rear sprocket (but only on those days that end in a "y" !).

    This way, it is closer to eye level while I am seated on the gound and gravity keeps the loose ends of the chain on the sprocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerberus View Post
    May be because the front sprocket is not accessible without removing the front cover? I’m guessing...
    Naw...it's easy to do...done it many times.
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    Cerberus -

    Do it either way. Both have minor advantages & disadvantages.

    Break it on top and connect new chain to old.
    You don't have to remove the C/S cover.

    Break it on bottom & remove C/S cover.
    This gives you the opportunity to inspect & clean what's underneath.
    I never miss the chance to to look at moving stuff or electrical stuff I haven't seen in a while.

    Just think it through.
    And you don't have to do it *my* way.

    That was a good question, by the way.
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    Be very careful not to put your chain on backwards or upside down. I knew a guy that did that once and it ruined the entire bike.
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    Apart from Elimes very important comment – expect the chain to run off the rear wheel once separated – no big deal, but it can come as a surprise …..
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    Quote Originally Posted by elime View Post
    Be very careful not to put your chain on backwards or upside down. I knew a guy that did that once and it ruined the entire bike.
    Care to elaborate on that? I did not know there was right and wrong way to install a chain. Now I’m nervous. What’s the forward and upside supposed to look like? Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerberus View Post
    Care to elaborate on that? I did not know there was right and wrong way to install a chain. Now I’m nervous. What’s the forward and upside supposed to look like? Thank you
    I think they were yanking your chain... ;-)

    Although it is important to have the master link clip facing the right way.
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