- 1 Are all bicycle master links the same?
- 2 What size master link do I need?
- 3 How do I choose a link for my bike chain?
- 4 Do bike chains have a master link?
- 5 How do I know my chain size?
- 6 How do you measure anchor chain link?
- 7 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 8 How do I know if my bike is 10 or 11 speed?
- 9 How do you break a chain link without a tool?
Just about every tool brand offers a master link plier and they all do much the same role and in the same way. They simply hook into the rollers of the chain and work to squeeze the master link open.
There’s 1/8″ chain for single speeds (bikes without a derailler) and 3/16″ which is for geared bikes with a rear derailleur. In addition you can get master links for 6/7/8 speed, or 9 speed or 10 speed or 11 speed. So count the number of cogs in your rear cassette and go from there. Master kinks are cheap.
When selecting a chain, the first consideration is the number of rear sprockets. The rear cog sets have been made with 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 sprockets. As the number of cogs on the rear hub increases, the spacing between cogs tends to be reduced.
Replacement Pin or Master Link: New chains will come with either a new pin, or a specialized link called a master link, to connect the two ends of the chain together.
How do I know my chain size?
Begin by counting the number of teeth on the largest front sprocket and largest rear. These numbers are often printed right on the sprockets and cogs. Next, measure the distance between the middle of the crank bolt to the rear axle. This is also the chain stay length.
So how do you measure your anchor chain size? Anchor chain is measured in two primary ways – thickness of the metal in the link, and the length of the link. The most precise method is to use Vernier calipers, though with care a measuring tape can get a close enough estimate.
How often should I change my bike chain?
The 2,000-Mile Rule. To avoid this accelerated wear of your cassette and chainrings, a general rule of thumb is to replace your bike’s chain every 2,000 miles. Mind you, this is just a starting point. No two chains will wear at exactly the same rate because no two riders treat their chains the same. 4
How do I know if my bike is 10 or 11 speed?
Multiply the front gear number by the rear gear number to get the number of speeds. For example, if you have two front gears and five back gears, you have a 10-speed bike.
In order to shorten the link without a chain tool, you need an alternative tool like a hammer, pliers or thin nail. They will assist you in pushing the pin easily. You can position the chain over a socket, and hit it with a hammer. Then, you can now pass the bolt all throughout the open holes.