- 1 How do I know what link my bike chain is?
- 2 Are all bike chain links the same?
- 3 Can you replace chain links?
- 4 Do all chains take the same master chain link?
- 5 How long is a 520 chain link?
- 6 What is a bicycle chain link?
- 7 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 8 Are chain Quick Links reusable?
- 9 Is there a master link on every bike?
- 10 How do you shorten a bike chain without a master link?
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.
No, all bicycle chains are not the same size. Size varies on the bike’s numbers of sprockets, speeds, the distance between the front chainring and rear cogs, and the number of teeth on them.
If you are repairing an existing chain, you can buy replacement pins or master links separately —they should be compatible with your chain speed and brand.
Just about every tool brand offers a master link plier and they all do much the same role and in the same way. They simply hook into the rollers of the chain and work to squeeze the master link open.
D.I.D 520 Standard Series Chain – 110 Links, Chain Type: 520, Chain Length: 110, Color: Natural, Chain Application: All 520 x 110.
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.
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
Are chain 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.
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.
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.