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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Wipperman Connex 10 Spd Stainless Steel Chain

"At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to use the words "fuck off" much more frequently." ~ Helen Mirren

Now, I don't know for certain that Helen Mirren actually said this. It seems to me to be something she would say or would like to say. Also, even if this is not something she said, I love it and it's true. Additionally, I think she's a gorgeous, interesting woman and I'm glad to be old enough now to appreciate the spectrum of beauty in women that I never saw as a young man. I should have opened my eyes and mind much younger than I did. 

So, on to the Wipperman Connex chain. First, it's been a great chain. I purchased it back in December 2014 along with a new 10spd Ultegra cassette to replace the chain/cassette that had many, many miles on them. Putting the chain on was a breeze. Simplest setup I've ever done. And the cassette was the first one that I've ever removed/installed and set up the rear derailleur for it. To my utter surprise, I did it successfully. Didn't have to resort to my usual string of curse words that spill so easily out of my mouth when something is not going right...usually due to "operator error". The Wipperman Connex uses a link that is easily removeable by hand versus the usual pin seen in most chains. Makes putting it on or taking it off very easy.

My issue now is that it has been making a clicking noise that is irritating, to say the least. Not loud, but persistant. I took the chain off, soaked it in a cleaner/degreaser, and put it back on, but the noise didn't go away. I took my Phil Tenacious oil and lubricated the hell out of the chain and the noise went away, but the chain ended up greasy/dirty and transferred that to my hands any time I touched the chain. BoeShield didn't seem to help get rid of the noise like a heavy dose of Phil's oil. Today, however, the noise is back. I've removed the chain and have it soaking in a cleaner/degreaser solution. Tomorrow, I'll put it back on the bike and go for a long ride on Tuesday. If the noise is still there, I'll be replacing the chain. I put a new link on the chain, suspecting it might be the source of the clicking, but the noise is there with the new link.

Well, did the ride and the noise was there, so I ordered a new chain and cassette. Purchased the chain through Bike-Discount.com (http://www.bike-discount.de/en?currency=5&delivery_country=191) and got it for $20 less than what Amazon was selling it for. Bike-Discount is based in Germany, where Wipperman chains are made. So, I put the chain/casette on and it works wonderfully...no noise.


Wipperman Connex 10S1, stainless steel and nickel, weighjs about 260 grams with hollow pins. I'll let you know how long this one lasts.

Time to exit...now, a tune for you to enjoy. "Rock Lobster" by the B52's (http://youtu.be/ofkzvM7Skxg). An odd one, but it reminds me of my friend, Bruce Doeren. More on Bruce in my next website post.