Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
I've successfully re-used the lock washer.
The EK chain with their screw master link works well without the cost of the chain breaker & rivet tool--the master link must be the same make & model as the chain. I don't know how to cleanly shorten a chain without the chain breaker--maybe carefully grind off the head of the riveted pin and drive it out. The old chain can be cut off any way--vise grips & hacksaw, plasma cutter, bolt cutter, light saber....
DID, RK, EK, JT, Renthal, Regina all make top quality chains. The chains from the parts wholesalers are good value for the cost even if they're not quite the top quality as the others--Parts Unlimited, WPS, Bike Master. Steel sprockets all seem to be good.
"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."
Marcus Tullius Cicero