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.
How to Cut Chain Links
- Turn the set screw on the bolt cutters to adjust the width of the blades to accommodate the size of the chain links.
- Center the chain link between the blades.
- Grip one handle of the bolt cutter in each hand.
- Push both handles down at the same time to cut the link.
If you have a standard chain with no master link: Seat the chain in the chain tool, with the pin of the chain tool aligned with a pin in the chain. Turn the handle of the chain tool until you push the pin out far enough that you can break 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
Do bike chains have a direction?
Chain Routing Some chains are directional and any logos or printed letters should face out towards the mechanic on the drive side. The process for routing the chain is the same for either master link or connecting rivet chains, just make sure to lead with outer plates if using a connecting rivet chain.
What can I use instead of a chain tool?
Removing a Chain Link Without Chain Breaker Tool
- A Hammer.
- A thin nail, or something that can hit the chain pin without getting stuck on the chainplates. A 2mm hex wrench can be used as well.
- You will need something that can withstand a beating but has a hole in it for the pin to pass through.
After threading the string through the links on both sides of the master chain link itself, just cross the laces and pull both ends hard. This will essentially squeeze the master link together which will unlock it for removal.