- 1 How do you break a bike chain without the tool?
- 2 Do all bike chains have a master link?
- 3 What can I use instead of a chain tool?
- 4 How do you break a chain without a master link?
- 5 How often should I change my bike chain?
- 6 Do Shimano chains have a master link?
- 7 How much does it cost to replace a chain on a bike?
- 8 What size chain is on a bicycle?
- 9 How do I know my bike chain size?
How do you break a bike chain without the tool?
It will be much easier if you buy a cheap tool, but. Lay the side of the chain on a block of soft wood, take a metal punch, or a nail of around the same diameter as the pin in the link (I used to use a nail), place the nail on the centre of the pin and tap sharply with a small hammer, but not too hard on the pin.
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.
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.
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.
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
However, even Shimano is now changing its tune and its latest 11 and 12 speed chains are available with master links.
How much does it cost to replace a chain on a bike?
Most bike shops will charge about $30 – $50 dollars depending on the bike shop, whether it’s a popular brand or a “mom & pop” shop. You may also want to take into consideration that the chain itself may cost $30 – $50 dollars but then the labor cost to replace this might run you an additional $10 dollars.
What size chain is on a bicycle?
All modern bicycle chains are made to the “one-half inch pitch” standard, meaning from rivet to rivet is nominally 0.5 inches. The sprocket teeth are cut for this same one-half inch standard to accept bicycle chains. However, this does not mean all makes and models of chains are interchangeable.
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.