How do you remove a bicycle chain master link?
- Remove the chain from the bicycle. The master link of a 1/8-inch chain has straight side plates. To open the master link, pull out the retaining clip with a needle-nose pliers; then remove the side plate. Pull the link out of the chain to release the ends.
The master link—sometimes also called a quick link—is actually a set that consists of two outer plates, with each plate looking like the outer plate of a chain.
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.
After threading the string through the links on both sides of the master chain link itself, just cross the laces and pull both ends hard. This will essentially squeeze the master link together which will unlock it for removal.
No, they are not universal, but you can get one for your chain if you know the size. All year KLR’s are 520’s. Easy to find a masterlink at most any shop, or maybe even Cycle Gear.