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.
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.
How do you remove a mountain bike chain without a tool?
If your chain has a master link, remove the link by twisting it off with a pair of needle nose pliers. Press the nubs through to the other side to fully remove the link. You may need to use a hammer or wrench to tap the link so that it pops out allowing the chain to separate.
Yes, chainsaw chains can be shortened. If the chain has a master link, simply remove it and the necessary amount of other links to make the chain the correct length. If the chain does not have a master link, you’ll need a special rivet tool to shorten the chain.