The open end should face backward relative to the direction of the chain. IOTW, when the master link is above the swingarm between the front and rear sprockets, the open end should be to the rear adn the closed end toward the front.
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.
A master link or quick-release link is a roller chain accessory that allows convenient connection and disconnection of a chain without the need for a chain tool. It acts as a set of the chain’s outer plates, so joining two sets of the chain’s inner plate ends. Such master links may or may not be re-usable.
What does a 520 chain mean?
* Motorcycle chains are what transfer power to the rear wheel. * Performing a 520 conversion is a way to use a lighter chain on a bike equipped with a heavier stock chain. * The lighter chain reduces bike weight and allows for more efficient power generation by the motor.
What’s the difference between 420 and 428 chain?
The primary difference between 420 and 428 is the pitch of the links. A 130 link 428 chain will be longer (and generally speaking, heavier-duty) than a 130 link 420 chain.
However, even Shimano is now changing its tune and its latest 11 and 12 speed chains are available with master links.
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