For a chain containing a master link, search for a link that is noticeably different when seen from the side to determine where the master link is located. This is the point at which you will break the chain. The master link is comprised of a pin on one side that fits into a notch on the other side of the master link assembly.
How do you take off the master link on a bicycle chain?
- Remove the bicycle’s chain from the frame. The master link of a 1/8-inch chain features side plates that are straight. In order to open the master link, first remove the holding clip using a needle-nose pliers, followed by removing the side plate.
These connections are not available on all bicycles. BMX bikes, single speed bikes, and three-speed town cycles with internal gears are the most common vehicles on which they may be found. Generally speaking, the more sprockets are present on the rear cassette of a bicycle, and the narrower that cassette is, the less space is available for this extra-wide master link.
Even Shimano, on the other hand, is suddenly changing its tune, and its most recent 11 and 12 speed chains are now offered with master links.
The laces should be crossed and pulled firmly from both ends once the string has been threaded through the links on each side of the main master chain link. This will basically compress the master link together, allowing it to be unlocked and removed from the system.
A master link, also known as a fast-release link, is a roller chain attachment that enables for the quick connection and disconnection of a chain without the need of a chain tool. It is commonly used on roller chains. In this case, it serves as a set of the chain’s outer plates, connecting the ends of two sets of the chain’s inner plates. These master links may or may not be re-usable in the future.
According to Shimano, the quick link is intended for use with 11-speed chains and therefore not re-usable once installed. According to the Japanese manufacturer, it is compatible with all 11-speed Shimano chains and will contain two pairs in each box.