- 1 What is a bike chain master link?
- 2 Do all bike chains have a removable link?
- 3 Are Quick Links reusable?
- 4 How do I know my bike chain size?
- 5 What size master link do I need?
- 6 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 7 Can I use KMC missing link on Shimano chain?
- 8 Can you put two master links on a chain?
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.
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.
Are Quick Links reusable?
The quick link is designed for use with 11-speed chains and is, according to Shimano, not reusable. Quick links are dead easy to install. Place the quick link into the chain gap, align and snap together – usually done by applying pressure through the cranks.
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.
There’s 1/8″ chain for single speeds (bikes without a derailler) and 3/16″ which is for geared bikes with a rear derailleur. In addition you can get master links for 6/7/8 speed, or 9 speed or 10 speed or 11 speed. So count the number of cogs in your rear cassette and go from there. Master kinks are cheap.
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
IS KMC MISSING LINK COMPATIBLE WITH SHIMANO CHAIN, SRAM CHAIN, OR CAMPY CHAIN? Yes, KMC constructs Missing Link I, II, 9, and 10 for 7.3mm, 7.1mm, 6.6mm, and 5.9mm respectively; all Missing Links are compatible with Sram, Shimano, and Campy equivalent chains.
A master link is just as strong as any other link on the chain. There’s no reason you can’t use a couple of them.