How To Remove A Bike Chain Without A Master Link?

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 do you remove links from a bike chain?

  • Take your chain off the chain tool and wiggle the link to pull it apart. Now that the rivet is almost pushed out from the link, the link should easily separate. Grab the bike chain on each side of the link with your fingers and wiggle it back and forth until the link comes apart.

Does every bike chain have a master 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.

How do I find the master link in my chain?

The more sprockets a bicycle has on its rear cassette, the narrower the chain must be and therefore the less room there is for this extra-wide master link. If you’re unsure, just measure the width of the gap between your link plates. If it’s at least 1/8 inch, then your chain should have a master link.

What is a chain missing link?

In a nutshell, the Missing Link 10R is a master link for 10-speed chains. Obviously, it works on KMC chains. Most of you, however, are probably running on Shimano and SRAM chains. Shimano would prefer you use their connecting pin. Likewise, SRAM wants you to use their proprietary PowerLock master link.

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