- 1 How do I make my bike chain shorter?
- 2 How do you shorten a bike chain without a tool?
- 3 Can I shorten a bike chain by one link?
- 4 Can you remove links from a bike chain?
- 5 Why does bike chain jump?
- 6 Do bike chains have a master link?
- 7 Should I shorten my bike chain?
- 8 Should I take a link out of my chain?
- 9 Do I need to shorten my bike chain?
How do I make my bike chain shorter?
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.
How do you shorten a bike chain without a tool?
If you don’t have a chain tool use a small nail and a pair of pliers to get the pins out of the links. Once you have the right length, make sure that the chain is properly reattached. Lubricate and put the chain back on.
Unless using a special half link (as mentioned and linked to by Chris H) to shorten a chain you have to remove the same number of outer and inner plate links. The distance between the joining pins is 0.5 inch so joined chain are always a multiple of whole inches long.
Every link on a chain is held in place with a chain pin. In some cases, you have to remove a link or two. To remove the link, you need to remove the pin. This can be done with either a chain link gadget or a hammer.
Why does bike chain jump?
Most of the time, a skipping chain is caused by cable stretch. In the first half dozen rides on a new bike your shift cables stretch the most. They can also stretch over time as you ride. Hippley explains, “It takes cable tension to open a derailleur, which shifts your chain between gears.
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.
Should I shorten my bike chain?
You either deliberately run the chain long enough to handle your mistakes in shifting (for big/big) or you don’t. You should have better shifting theoretically with a shorter chain, but if you shift big/big by accident you do have a problem.
It’s better to take off too few links at first than to take off too many. It’ll be easier to take off an extra link or 2 than to add several links back on. Clamp the next link of the chain.
Do I need to shorten my bike chain?
To avoid damage, there should be at least one full link of overlap when the chain is put around the big chainring and big sprocket (with the rear derailleur bypassed). Unless the chain was too long to begin with (which is unlikely), you should get a new chain.