- 1 Do modern bicycle chains have a master link?
- 2 How do you reconnect a bike chain link?
- 3 How do I know my chain size?
- 4 How does a quick link work?
- 5 How do you break a chain link without a tool?
- 6 How do you find the key link on a bicycle chain?
- 7 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 8 Are Shimano quick links reusable?
But you can easily remove it from a bike without any rear derailleur by being a bit tricky by pulling out the rear wheel. 4. Do all bike chains have a master link? Nope, not all chains have master links.
To reconnect, simply reverse the process: slide in the link with the chain pins, place the outer plate on the other side, and then put the clip back in place. This time place one jaw of your pliers on the closed end of the clip, and the other jaw on the opposing chain pin.
How do I know my chain size?
To measure the chain size, if you have just the sprocket, use calipers to measure between the teeth. Measure from center to center of where the chain roller would set between the teeth that will give you the pitch. Once you know the pitch you can determine what chain size you would need.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.