- 1 What causes bike chains to snap?
- 2 What can I use instead of a chain tool?
- 3 Do all bicycle chains have a master link?
- 4 How do you break a chain without a master link?
- 5 Can I fix a broken bike chain?
- 6 Can bike chains snap?
- 7 What is chain breaking?
- 8 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 9 How do I know my bike chain size?
What causes bike chains to snap?
Chains break for a host of reasons, but most common is wear. For example, if a chain has been ridden for 2500 miles, it will actually stretch out. Correspondingly, a ridden chain will be longer from link to link than a new chain. Combine all those factors, mix in one bad shift and you have a recipe for a broken chain.
What can I use instead of a chain tool?
Removing a Chain Link Without Chain Breaker Tool
- A Hammer.
- A thin nail, or something that can hit the chain pin without getting stuck on the chainplates. A 2mm hex wrench can be used as well.
- You will need something that can withstand a beating but has a hole in it for the pin to pass through.
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.
If you have a standard chain with no master link: Seat the chain in the chain tool, with the pin of the chain tool aligned with a pin in the chain. Turn the handle of the chain tool until you push the pin out far enough that you can break the chain.
Can I fix a broken bike chain?
To fix a broken or bent chain, you will need to remove it from your bike AND remove the broken or bent links. To do that, you will need a chain breaker tool. In the video, we used the Park Tool Master Chain Tool, which is the best tool for the job.
Can bike chains snap?
Chain wear is fact of cycling life. Most of the time it’s gradual. Our guide to chain care explains when you need to fit a new one. But occasionally the chain will snap while you’re out cycling.
What is chain breaking?
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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 my bike 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.