# Readers ask: How Hard Us It Yo Cut A Bicycle Chain?

## How easy is it to cut a bike chain?

To cut the bike chain properly, you will need to queue the hit on the tool above the link’s pin that you want. Turn your handle upon the chain tool and stop whenever the pin tends to be apparent of the external plate, but it is still joined into the link. Cut the chain by using the chain cutter.

## How much force does it take to break a bike chain?

Wippermann’s internal standard is 9,500-11,000 Newtons of breaking force for its bicycle chains, and they achieved that; some of the others fell short of that.

## When should I shorten my bike chain?

Most of the time, you will inspect your chain to know whether it needs a replacement. You should count the links from the first pin to the last pin. You must ensure that the gap between the pins corresponds to 12 inches. If it extends to more than 12 ⅛ inches, it is time to replace your bike chain or shorten the chain.

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## What happens if my bike chain is too long?

A chain that’s too long (loose) may cause dropped chains and/or inconsistent shifting — front and back shifting. A chain that’s too short (tight) can cause even bigger problems. BUT, things can go really bad … if it does shift and rips the derailleur off, damages the chain or bends gear teeth.

## How much horsepower can a bike chain handle?

Even so, road bike chains are strong enough for very strong riders, and even strong enough for mid drive e-Bike conversions (motor adds to the chain drive force) of 1,000 watts (1.3 horsepower) or more.

## What happens when bike chain breaks?

If a motorcycle chain breaks while riding, you will immediately lose the driving force the engine applies to the rear wheel and your motorcycle will lose power.

## Does breaking a chain weaken it?

Depends on the chain. If it’s a chain with cylindrical pins (most singlespeed and some narrow chains) then the damage will be negligible. Even if you always use the same pin you should be fine the first 10 or so times.

## 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.

## What is chain master link?

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.

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## 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.

## How do you break a chain without a master 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.