Originally Posted by crassius
I've found that swedging those pins can often leave you with a stiff link - same for welding?
I'd miss having an easy way to pop the chain to fix a flat.
I don't use any pressure when re-assembling the links so they are nice and free when finished.
As far as changing flats, the security of no masterlink outweighs the inconvenience when removing the rim to me.
If more is better, then too much is just enough.
If you can't afford it, build it yourself.