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.
Using a chain pin: If your chain does not have a master link, use a chain tool to reconnect the chain with the chain pin included with your new chain. If you are repairing an existing chain, always use a new chain pin rather than reusing an existing pin.
Some chains have a rivited master link so it looks like the other links. Check both sides of the chain for the master link clip, some people install the master with the clip inside so as not to ruin the cases if it comes apart. If still no master link then you have a chain with a rivited master link.
A clip type master link.
Rivet Type – Rivet type master links require a special rivet tool to install but offer a more permanent connection. Replacement chains will either come with both of the connection types or one or the other so ensure you know what you’re ordering.
However, even Shimano is now changing its tune and its latest 11 and 12 speed chains are available with master links.
Are bicycle chains universal?
All modern bicycle chains are made to the “one-half inch pitch” standard, meaning from rivet to rivet is nominally 0.5 inches. … However, this does not mean all makes and models of chains are interchangeable. There are two basic types of bicycle chains: “one-speed” chains, and derailleur chains.
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.
How much does it cost to get a bike chain replaced?
Most shops charge $15 to $20 to install a chain or you can purchase a chain tool for $10 to $50 and learn to do it yourself.
How often should you change your 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.
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.
SRAM’s 10 and 11-speed master links are called PowerLocks and are not to be reused. According to SRAM, the ridge that joins the two plates of the PowerLock together can be damaged when unlocking it, increasing the risk of failure if reused.