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sometimereader
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Not normal (talking about the chain).

You need a new chain. And it's a good idea to take a close look at the cassette cogs and chainrings to see if they're worn and need replacing.
 

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I know this is a road bike forum but since you guys are so knowledgeable (and almost all bikes have chains) I thought I'd ask this question anyways...

I have a mountain bike with an 8 speed Deore XT chain (circa '99) and I found a link in the chain without a bushing. See pic below. Is this normal? Is this just where the chain was put together or is this a problem? So far the chain has held up and appears to work normally, though Id estimate Ive only put a few hundred miles on the bike in this configuration. Is this OK or is my chain going to break eventually?

Thanks in advance for your help!
 

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Not normal, but I don't think I'd lose sleep, money, or anything over it.
 
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