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Greeting /n/, I have just learned of this board's existence after asking for some bike help in /out/. Let it be known upfront that I know next to nothing about bikes.
My bike recently developed a rather base case of chain rattle. It started off as an occasional thing but over the course of several days has grown into an almost constant issue. From what I've been told by the people on /out/, the issue probably has to do with chain stretch and/or my derailleur (that's a new word I just learned today). Now I've been told I can adjust my derailleur by turning a few screws or something (which I find doubtful, as the .pdf manual I found for the Shimano 7SIS looks like something they teach astronauts), but I have an issue with the chain. It does not seem to have a master link, or at least from what I can tell.
Now I've been told that not all chains have a master link that is held on by a clip, and that it could be riveted in like the rest of the links (in which case, what's the point?) and that I will need some sort of chain tool to do any sort of adjustment. Unfortunately, the nearest bike shop to me is not all that near, and it will probably be a week or two before I can get to it. My question to you is this: is it OK for me to ride my bike (I need it for work) with a loose chain for a week or two without doing any permanent damage to it?