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.
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.
Not all bikes have these links. They are most likely to be found on BMX bikes, single speed bikes or three-speed town bikes with internal gears. 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.
How do you break a chain without a bolt cutter?
If you don’t have bolt cutters or you have a hardened metal chain that bolt cutters won’t cut through, you can use a saw instead. There are a wide variety of saws that will effectively cut through a chain. Saws that are commonly used to cut chain can be manual or powered and include: Hacksaw.
Basically it comes to this: You shouldn’t have a problem with a master link, but if it gives you peace of mind, loop-bolt the chain!! Most manufacturers now recommend you use their provided chain joining method rather than the classic pushing the pin out partially to remove links and pushing it back.