In my experience, half link chains are a cunt and a half to split. It's like the pins are peened more thoroughly or something and I don't know that I've ever managed to split one and remake the joint.
Hmmm, maybe I’ll just change the ratio for something that works; it’s only a 20 miles a day bike so doesn’t have to be perfect. I normally ride 48x19 on the road but 45x18 will work with full links and it’s almost the same.
Do you discard the half link every time you change the chain?
I think I’ve assumed that in the average chain of >100 links, a worn half link was <2% of the ‘system’ and wasn’t enough to worry about.
As per the other thread about chains though, I do also replace my chain pretty frequently so it’s not like my half links would ever get really knackered.
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