- 1 How do I choose a link for my bike chain?
- 2 Do bike chains have a master link?
- 3 Can you take links off a bike chain?
- 4 What is a quick link on a bike chain?
- 5 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 6 How do I know what size chain my bike needs?
- 7 Can you put 2 master links on a chain?
- 8 How do you break a chain link without a tool?
- 9 What happens if my bike chain is too long?
- 10 Are Quick Links reusable?
- 11 How do I know what speed my bike is?
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.
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.
A chain is made up of a series of interlinking and alternating wide and narrow plates. A quick link works by replacing one “outer” chain link with a pair of slotted interlocking outer plates that feature permanently set pins. The force applied to a chain pulls these two opposing links into a closed position.
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 what size chain my bike needs?
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.
A master link is just as strong as any other link on the chain. There’s no reason you can’t use a couple of them.
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 my bike 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.
Are Quick Links reusable?
The quick link is designed for use with 11-speed chains and is, according to Shimano, not reusable. Quick links are dead easy to install. Place the quick link into the chain gap, align and snap together – usually done by applying pressure through the cranks.
How do I know what speed my bike is?
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. If you have one front gear and three back gears, you have a 3-speed bike.