The A&Ps I hung around with showed me their additional step, a snap/jerk on the safety wire just before each final twist, to get rid of any residual bends, to get the wire to closely conform to safetyed parts, eliminating any slackness. Is that procedure taught, or just one of their field techniques?
Yeah, that's what I taught. I'm starting to think I should do a video on 'A&P to biker translation' for safetying techniques. As you alluded to before, it's an art form unto itself.... something A&P's take great pride in.
Two thoughts. If you don't have a set of safety wire pliers, they are only $15 at Harbor Fright. They are very useful. I have put entire car front bumper assemblies back on with nothing more than lock wire and these pliers, from some of my sons mishaps. Airdams on the front of my wife's various cars over the years, too. I also have the $200 Milspec ones, and yet I always grab for these floppy, wobbly Pittsburgh-Zhen pair.
That said, if you wanna really avoid chain issues, buy a riveter. I've seen a dozen chains come off, (never mine), mostly on the track, and none were riveted.