- 1 Do all bicycle chains have a master link?
- 2 Do you need a master link on a chain?
- 3 How do you put a bike chain on without tools?
- 4 What if my bike chain doesn’t have a master link?
- 5 Can I use KMC missing link on Shimano chain?
- 6 Do Shimano chains have a master link?
- 7 How do I find my master link?
- 8 Can you reuse a chain Quick Link?
- 9 Can you add a master link to a chain?
- 10 Can you put two quick links in a chain?
Do all bike chains have a master link? Nope, not all chains have master links. If your bicycle has derailleurs, it means it’s unlikely that your bike’s chain will have a master link.
A master link or quick-release link is a roller chain accessory that allows convenient connection and disconnection of a chain without the need for a chain tool. A chain tool is nonetheless needed to adjust a chain’s length, for example to shorten a new chain before connecting its ends.
How do you put a bike chain on without tools?
You don’t need any tool whatsoever. You can do this by connecting the master link on the drivetrain’s top side while the chain sits on both chainrings and the cassette. Once you put the master link in place, to connect it completely, just hold the brakes and step on the pedal.
Using a chain pin: If your chain does not have a master link, use a chain tool to reconnect the chain with the chain pin included with your new chain. With most new chain pins, you insert them half way using a chain tool, then snap off the protruding end of the pin with pliers.
IS KMC MISSING LINK COMPATIBLE WITH SHIMANO CHAIN, SRAM CHAIN, OR CAMPY CHAIN? Yes, KMC constructs Missing Link I, II, 9, and 10 for 7.3mm, 7.1mm, 6.6mm, and 5.9mm respectively; all Missing Links are compatible with Sram, Shimano, and Campy equivalent chains.
However, even Shimano is now changing its tune and its latest 11 and 12 speed chains are available with master links.
To find the master link on your chain, mount your bike in a bike work stand. If you don’t have a work stand, flip the bike over so it rests on its handlebars and saddle. Stand on the drivetrain side of your bike so you’re able to look straight down on the chain.
Can you reuse a chain Quick Link?
The quick link is designed for use with 11-speed chains and is, according to Shimano, not reusable. Quick links are dead easy to install.
Quick links, or master links, are used to connect both ends of the chain and are designed to be placed without the need for a specialized chain tool. You can add master links to a chain to lengthen it if needed.
It is not safe to join a 9 or 10sp chain with anything other than a quick link or a joining pin. The original pins are riveted over and this breaks off on removal. Nothing wrong with using 2 quick links.