- 1 How do I fix my bike chain without master link?
- 2 Do all bicycle chains have a master link?
- 3 Can you add a master link to a chain?
- 4 Do chains not have a master link?
- 5 How do you break a chain link without a tool?
- 6 Can I use KMC missing link on Shimano chain?
- 7 What is chain master link?
- 8 Do Shimano chains 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.
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.
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.
Not all bikes have master rivets. If your bike has a derailleur, it’s unlikely that your chain will have a master link. Bikes that typically do have chains with master links are BMX bikes and one- or three-speed town bikes with internal gears. If the width is 1/8 inch, your chain should have a master rivet.
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.
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.
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.
However, even Shimano is now changing its tune and its latest 11 and 12 speed chains are available with master links.