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Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 2:31pm
by AlastairS
Hi, I have a KMC 10 chain on my bike. It has a link which looks like it can be separated, however I can't separate it.
Clean it with degreaser, then try to push the outside links towards the special link, but the special link does not budge.
Very grateful for any help

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 3:03pm
by KimBowers
Try squeezing the side-plates of the link together first, then push the pins in towards each other.
It shouldn't need ant tools to undo, just your fingers.

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 3:48pm
by Vetus Ossa
Some power links are very east to push together to separate, and some most definitely are not, especially if you have weak hands as I do. In the the latter case pliers designed for the job make it a doddle.
I use Park Tool Master Link Pliers - MLP1.2

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 3:52pm
by jezer
I use the specially designed tool for the job, as referred to above. Makes removing and fitting very easy.

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 3:58pm
by pete75
12 quid for some masterlink pliers - what an extravagance. Just get some snipe nosed pliers from the pound shop and grind a curved indent on the inside of the tips.

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 4:13pm
by rfryer
One technique is to feed the chain onto the outer chainring with one tooth of slack where the quick link is, so that the link is almost perpendicular to the chainring. You can then use any tool, or a handy rock, on the end of the link to push it apart.

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 4:22pm
by cycleruk
We presume you have a quicklink style.
There are various makes but if it's a KMC then I use pliers on the diagonal edges.
Some of the other designs though require a different technique.

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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 4:53pm
by Vantage
I lost my patience with one of those stupid things when swapping everything over to the new build. After an hour I gave up and cut it off with a dremel.
I'll be trying sram next time.

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 5:25pm
by Mick F
rfryer wrote:One technique is to feed the chain onto the outer chainring with one tooth of slack where the quick link is, so that the link is almost perpendicular to the chainring. You can then use any tool, or a handy rock, on the end of the link to push it apart.
Absolutely.

Easy, simple, quick, foolproof. :D

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 5:37pm
by jezer
Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I prefer to use properly designed tools for my pride and joys.

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 5:43pm
by Mick F
CJ had a thread about the method of pulling an extra link onto the chainwheel. He had photographs too.
Simple and easy, and no tools required.

Maybe someone will find the thread and piccies?

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 5:48pm
by Mattyfez
One tip I picked up which i find sooo handy for removing and replacing the chain, all you need is a thick large paperclip, or a bit of bent spoke or simmilar bit of metal...keeps the chain in place and frees both hands to faf with the link!


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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 6:01pm
by jezer
Also a plastic clip around the chain stay and the arm mech relieves pressure on the chain, enabling easy fitting of the chain.

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 6:03pm
by scottg
pete75 wrote:12 quid for some masterlink pliers - what an extravagance. Just get some snipe nosed pliers from the pound shop and grind a curved indent on the inside of the tips.



I think Aldi has a master link kit for 2 quid, two nails and a block of wood. :)

Back on topic, the links wear in, after a few hundred miles of dirty chain,
they come apart easier.

Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 9:10pm
by nosmarbaj
Vantage wrote:I lost my patience with one of those stupid things when swapping everything over to the new build. After an hour I gave up and cut it off with a dremel.
I'll be trying sram next time.
IME Sram (9-speed) quick links are a pig to undo ...

... unless you use the method suggested by rfryer.