- 1 Where is the joining pin on a bike chain?
- 2 Can you reuse bike chain pin?
- 3 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 4 Does Shimano chain come with PIN?
- 5 Do bicycle chains have a master link?
- 6 Can you add links to a chain?
- 7 How do I use Quick Link?
- 8 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 9 Do bike chains have a direction?
Where is the joining pin on a bike chain?
To find the master link on your chain, mount your bike in a bike work stand. If you don’t have a work stand, flip the bike over so it rests on its handlebars and saddle. Stand on the drivetrain side of your bike so you’re able to look straight down on the chain.
Can you reuse bike chain pin?
In an emergency situation you can reuse a pin to get you home or to a nearby bike shop. For long term usage, either get a master link or a new pin.
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.
Does Shimano chain come with PIN?
Yes, they come with a new pin. The pins are not all the same. They only work for certain chain groups.
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.
Yes, you can add links to a bike chain, but you need to be careful that you have the right tools ( Chain Tool/Master Link Pliers) and correct methods. All bikes should be able to make this shift, and the derailleur should not appear stretched too tight.
How do I use Quick Link?
A quick link works by replacing one “outer” chain link with a pair of slotted interlocking outer plates that feature permanently set pins. The force applied to a chain pulls these two opposing links into a closed position.
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.