So my chain split whilst out on a ride today. Had a chain splitter and missing link, so got it repaired no problem. After repairing it, the chain was 1 link shorter than it had previously been.
I should have picked up on the warning signs, the chain had been talking to me for some time, seemingly trying to shift a gear of it's own accord and slipped off the small chainring once as well.
Now the funny thing is that after repairing the chain everything seemed better. Gear changes were sharper and neater, much less rubbing and chatter. I didn't alter anything else. Didn't adjust the indexing.
Could it be that I should have been using a shorter chain all along? I have always matched the length of the chain to the previous one when replacing it. Can a shortening of a couple of links really make such a dramatic difference or is it my imagination?
Do I now need to buy a new chain given that it now has 2 missing links in it or is it safe to continue to use?
Thanks to anyone who has something to say on this.