- 1 How do you shorten a bike chain without a master link?
- 2 Do all bicycle chains have a master link?
- 3 Do you need a master link on a chain?
- 4 Can you put 2 master links on a chain?
- 5 Can I take a link out of my bike chain?
- 6 How do I find my master link?
- 7 Do Shimano chains have a master link?
- 8 Can I use KMC missing link on Shimano chain?
- 9 Can you reuse a chain Quick Link?
- 10 What is a bicycle chain link?
If your bike lacks the master link, you can just pick any link where you can break the chain, and eventually shorten it. In order to shorten the bike chain, you need to open the master link first. It will give you access to the rest of the chain links you want to be removed.
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.
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. A chain tool is nonetheless needed to adjust a chain’s length, for example to shorten a new chain before connecting its ends.
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.
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.
To find the master link on your chain, mount your bike in a bike work stand. If you don’t have a work stand, flip the bike over so it rests on its handlebars and saddle. Stand on the drivetrain side of your bike so you’re able to look straight down on the chain.
However, even Shimano is now changing its tune and its latest 11 and 12 speed chains are available with master links.
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.
Can you reuse a chain Quick Link?
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.
The master link is a single removable link segment of a bicycle chain. You’ll hear people also refer to these as quick links. Also, SRAM’s version of the master link is called a Power Link. It is sold separately as well as typically included when you buy a SRAM chain.