- 1 How does a chain breaker work?
- 2 Why do you need a bike chain breaker?
- 3 How do you break a chain link without a tool?
- 4 What kind of lube should I use on my bike chain?
- 5 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 6 Should I carry a chain tool?
- 7 Do you need a chain breaker tool?
- 8 What is a bicycle chain tool?
How does a chain breaker work?
That tool is a chain breaker. Chains are made up of a series of inner and outer plates, each held together with metal pins (rivets) that are surrounded by a washer (roller). A chain breaker works by pressing a chain pin out to disconnect a chain, and if required, driving in a new connecting pin to put it back together.
Why do you need a bike chain breaker?
The chain breaker mostly helps keep everything aligned properly, but you can do without it. I’ve used a hammer and improvised punch (nail), plus some vice grips without any problems to break and re-link a chain (some chains don’t come with master links).
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.
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.
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
Should I carry 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.
Do you need a chain breaker tool?
A good chain breaker (sometimes known as a chain splitter or simply a chain tool) is an essential part of any home mechanic’s toolkit, allowing you to split old chains, shorten new ones and join those that use a pin rather than a quick-link.
What is a bicycle 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.