- Starting with the pin on one of the links on your bike chain, place the pin into the chain tool to begin removing the bike chain. To drive the pin into the link, turn the handle of the chain tool clockwise until it is fully inserted. Continue to spin the handle until the rivet is nearly completely freed from the link’s retaining pin. Then, spin the handle counter-clockwise to remove the chain tool pin from the pin hole.
How do you take off a bike chain without a master link?
For a standard chain that does not have a master link, seat the chain in the chain tool such that the pin of the chain tool aligns with a pin in the chain. If you have a standard chain with a master link, follow the steps below. Turn the handle of the chain tool until you are able to push the pin out far enough to break the chain with your hands.
Do all bike chains have a master link?
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.
How do you break a chain without a bolt cutter?
Instead of using bolt cutters if you don’t have any on hand, or if you have a tough metal chain that bolt cutters will not cut through, you may use a saw. There are a plethora of saws available that are capable of cutting through a chain with ease. Select a saw to put to work.
- metal grinder, such as an angle grinder
- reciprocating saw
- coping saw
- a variety of other tools.