Replacement Pin or Master Link: New chains will come with either a new pin, or a specialized link called a master link, to connect the two ends of the chain together.
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.
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.
If you have a standard chain with no master link: Seat the chain in the chain tool, with the pin of the chain tool aligned with a pin in the chain. Turn the handle of the chain tool until you push the pin out far enough that you can break the chain.
However, even Shimano is now changing its tune and its latest 11 and 12 speed chains are available with master links.
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. Such master links may or may not be re-usable.
Do Shimano chains come with Quick Link?
The quick link is designed for use with 11-speed chains and is, according to Shimano, not reusable. … It is compatible with all 11-speed Shimano chains according to the Japanese company and will include two pairs in each pack.
Are Shimano chains directional?
Each of the four plates, inner and outer, are shaped differently to act in a certain way relative to their position with the front chain rings or rear cogs as you shift up or down through the gear range. … The Shimano CN-HG900 Chain is directional and 11-speed specific.
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.