If you ‘re removing your old bike chain, find the master link (it should be the one that’s different from all the rest) Once you ‘ve ‘broken’ apart the master link the chain will come apart and you can pull it through and free of the bike.
How do you know if your motorcycle chain is stretched?
Another ballpark method for checking chain wear is by measuring it with a ruler. Pick a rivet and line it up at the zero mark. Count 24 more rivets and your last rivet should be at the 12″ mark of your ruler. If it is off by more than 1/16″ your chain is stretched to the point of replacement.
1 Answer. Chains normally come with more links than you need, and you should use a chain tool to remove the excess links from the chain prior to installing it.
How do I fix my bike chain without a chain tool?
You don’t need any tool whatsoever. You can do this by connecting the master link on the drivetrain’s top side while the chain sits on both chainrings and the cassette. Once you put the master link in place, to connect it completely, just hold the brakes and step on the pedal.
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. No two chains will wear at exactly the same rate because no two riders treat their chains the same.