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 is a chain breaker used for?
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.
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.
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.
What is the best chain breaker tool?
- 15 chain breakers tested, all under US$50.
- Our pick: Birzman Damselfly Universal.
- Runner up: Unior Professional.
- Also consider: Shimano CN28, Park Tool CT-3.2, Pedro’s Apprentice.
- Best pocket-sized tool: Park Tool CT-5.
- Best for Campagnolo: BBB ProfiConnect.
- Best on a budget:PRO, X-Tools Rivet Extractor.
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.