You asked: Do all bikes have master links?

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 you take off a bike chain without a master link?

Position the bike chain so that it is bridged across two solid supports such as blocks of wood or two wrenches. Take a punch tool and place it over one of the rivets in the chain. Use a hammer to push the rivet out and separate the chain to remove it. This method can also be used to shorten a new chain if necessary.

A master link or quick-release link is a roller chain accessory that allows convenient connection and disconnection of a chain without the need for a chain tool. It acts as a set of the chain’s outer plates, so joining two sets of the chain’s inner plate ends.

However, even Shimano is now changing its tune and its latest 11 and 12 speed chains are available with master links.

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How often should I change my bike chain?

To avoid this accelerated wear of your cassette and chainrings, a general rule of thumb is to replace your bike’s chain every 2,000 miles. Mind you, this is just a starting point.

2 Answers. You could try using a simple chain breaking/Rivet tool to break the chain at one point (while still keeping the pin in the link) and then put the chain on and use the tool again to push the pin in and join the chain like that. That’s the way I always do it.

The quick link is designed for use with 11-speed chains and is, according to Shimano, not reusable. Quick links are dead easy to install.

Can you reuse bike chain pins?

Yes you can reuse a freaking HG40 pin. As someone said, when you break the chain don’t push the pin all the way out, just enough to separate the link. I’ve even reused 10 speed chain pins. In 28 years I’ve never had a chain snap on me.

The 11 speed Shimano comes with 116 links.

A master link is just as strong as any other link on the chain. There’s no reason you can’t use a couple of them.

Yes, you can use sram quick links with shimano chains.

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