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  1. #1
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    fix broken chain link?

    hi, my chain just broke from shifting under pressure; one of the links is bent out of shape. would the removal of the link with a chain tool affect the drivetrain?

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    Depending on how your chain was originally sized, it may make it too short. The problem with that is if you accidentally (or on purpose) shift into big-big, you could bend the rear derailleur or pull it into the spokes.
    You also need to be sure to put it together properly if it needs a master link or a special repair pin (as for Shimano chains for 9,10 or 11 speeds (I'm not sure about 8)).

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    Just replace the chain. If you do remove a link and it is to short when you accidentally shift to the big-big combination, you could break the rear derailleur.
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