- 1 What if my chain doesn’t have a master link?
- 2 How do you shorten a bike chain without a master link?
- 3 Do stock bike chains have a master link?
- 4 How do you remove a master link from a bike chain?
- 5 What is chain master link?
- 6 Can I take a link out of my bike chain?
- 7 Do Shimano chains have a master link?
- 8 How often should I change my bike chain?
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. If you are repairing an existing chain, always use a new chain pin rather than reusing an existing pin. It’s possible to link a master link 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.
But you can easily remove it from a bike without any rear derailleur by being a bit tricky by pulling out the rear wheel. 4. Do all bike chains have a master link? Nope, not all chains have master links.
To disconnect this type of link, place one jaw of your pliers on the chain pin, and the other jaw on the open end of the clip. Then squeeze your pliers until the clip pops off. Then you can remove the outer plate and slide out the rest of the 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. It acts as a set of the chain’s outer plates, so joining two sets of the chain’s inner plate ends. Such master links may or may not be re-usable.
If your chain does not have a master link, you’ ll have to use a chain tool to break the chain. Open the master link, slide it off, and put it someplace where it won’t get lost. Some master links are also disposable, and can only be removed by bending them apart with needle-nose pliers or a specialized tool.
However, even Shimano is now changing its tune and its latest 11 and 12 speed chains are available with master links.
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