How do you shorten a chain without a tool?
Shortening the chain 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.
What happens if chain is too long?
A chain that’s too long (loose) may cause dropped chains and/or inconsistent shifting — front and back shifting. A chain that’s too short (tight) can cause even bigger problems. BUT, things can go really bad … if it does shift and rips the derailleur off, damages the chain or bends gear teeth.
How do you break a chain without pliers?
It will be much easier if you buy a cheap tool, but. Lay the side of the chain on a block of soft wood, take a metal punch, or a nail of around the same diameter as the pin in the link (I used to use a nail), place the nail on the centre of the pin and tap sharply with a small hammer, but not too hard on the pin.
Do I need to shorten my bike chain?
Why Shorten a Bike Chain? All bikes come with a recommended bike chain length. It’s important to stick to this length if you want to ride comfortably and preserve the life of the rear derailleur. It’s the bike chain that does the work of getting the tires in rotation so that your bike can get in motion.
Does chain length affect speed?
Registered. Sprocket and gear size affect performance (speed/torque) The length of the chain will only effect your wheel base
How do I know if my chain is too loose?
75% of its original length. If you put the tool up against the chain and it doesn’t reach the 0.5 mark, then your chain has not elongated and is fine. If you find that it is 0.5, you need to replace the chain if you have 11 or more rear gears. If it is 0.75, you need to replace it if you have 10 or fewer rear gears.