- 1 What is a bike chain tool?
- 2 Do you need a bike chain tool?
- 3 How do you break a chain link without a tool?
- 4 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 5 What kind of lube should I use on my bike chain?
- 6 Why do you need a chain tool?
- 7 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 8 Do all bicycle chains have a master link?
What is a bike chain tool?
A chain tool is a small mechanical device used to “break” a bicycle chain in such a way that it can be mended with the same tool. A bicycle chain has links and plates that are pinned together; these pins can be pushed out with the chain tool.
Do you need a bike chain tool?
You don’t need any tool whatsoever. You can do this by connecting the master link on the drivetrain’s top side while the chain sits on both chainrings and the cassette. Once you put the master link in place, to connect it completely, just hold the brakes and step on the pedal.
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.
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
What kind of lube should I use on my bike chain?
Use a light, waterproof lube such as Boeshield T-9 Waterproof Lubricant. For wet-weather conditions, try Pedro’s Chainj. Never Use: Motor oil—it contains acids and particles of metal that can compromise a chain’s strength and cause it to wear more quickly.
Why do you need a chain tool?
If you break a chain on the road anywhere other than on the master link, you’ll need a chain tool to remove the other half of the broken link. Now, if you are saying that you are confident it’s not going to break, fair enough.
How do I know my bike chain size?
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.
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.