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Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 13 Oct 2020, 5:55pm
by Vetus Ossa
I’m pretty sure someone posted a YouTube link here once showing how to remove a quick link without a tool. It involved putting the link on the chainring in a certain way and pressing down on the pedal. Of course I can’t find it now, can anyone help please.

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 13 Oct 2020, 5:59pm
by SimonCelsa

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 13 Oct 2020, 6:04pm
by SimonCelsa
On a similar vein, I was helping a pal yesterday fitting up his new titanium framed Vaaru mountain bike, and having hell of a job getting the shimano 11 speed chain master link to 'pull tight'. Do you need a special tool for this link. He wouldn't let me stamp on the pedals to stretch it and he has a wide/narrow chainring so trying to belt it down on a tooth didn't work either.

Glad I'm still on 8 speed!!

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 13 Oct 2020, 6:09pm
by Vetus Ossa
https://www.amazon.co.uk/FHGD-Bicycle-B ... s9dHJ1ZQ==
but you just need the tool on the left of course.

Thanks for your link, it was what i was looking for.

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 13 Oct 2020, 6:10pm
by Vetus Ossa
I actually have that tool but my son doesn't and I can't see him buying one.

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 13 Oct 2020, 6:20pm
by peetee
Pass a piece of string up through the chain gap either side of the quick link, cross the string over and pull the ends away from each other.

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 13 Oct 2020, 8:24pm
by DaveReading
Quicklink removal.jpg

Use any convenient hard object instead of the mole grips.

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 14 Oct 2020, 10:20am
by mcshroom
peetee wrote:Pass a piece of string up through the chain gap either side of the quick link, cross the string over and pull the ends away from each other.


An old bit of brake/gear cable works well for this too

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 14 Oct 2020, 7:40pm
by andrew_s
DaveReading wrote:Quicklink removal.jpg
Use any convenient hard object instead of the mole grips.

I hope it should be apparent that you should only hit the closer outer sideplate (as shown).

If you strike with a larger flat object, and the blow lands equally on both sideplates, it won't work.

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 15 Oct 2020, 9:03am
by DaveReading
andrew_s wrote:I hope it should be apparent that you should only hit the closer outer sideplate (as shown).

If you strike with a larger flat object, and the blow lands equally on both sideplates, it won't work.

Yes, you hit the sideplate at the end to which the pin is attached.

Which of course could be either the inner or outer sideplate, depending on which way round you installed the quicklink and how you lifted it off the chainring. :wink:

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 15 Oct 2020, 9:54am
by boblo
I've been using the 'vee it up on the big ring' method for years with 100% success, then...

Out and about and after a minor lie down, I caught the rear dérailleur in the back wheel twisting the hanger, snapping the Goat link and tying the chain in a real knot. Never before.

No chance of veeing a twisted/broken chain and I don't (didn't) carry a pair of quicklink pliers. Fortunately my cycling companions did and we made temporary repairs to get to a shop that astonishingly had the right hanger, a Goat link and everything else needed to get going again.

I now carry the tool.

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 15 Oct 2020, 10:04am
by Pebble
DaveReading wrote:Quicklink removal.jpg
Use any convenient hard object instead of the mole grips.

could be difficult finding something appropriate at the side of the road to hit it with!
Some twine and an allen key as a Spanish windlass / tourniquet is something I would be carrying.

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 15 Oct 2020, 10:12am
by boblo

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 15 Oct 2020, 10:18am
by Sweep

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Posted: 15 Oct 2020, 10:26am
by boblo
Re: Quick link removal without tools.
Unread postby Sweep » 15 Oct 2020, 10:18am

boblo wrote:
Or just carry something like this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-In-1-Tire- ... Swtzle9bFE

Do you have one/used one?
If so, how is it in practice?


Yes during the calamity I described above. Being a professional sceptic, I bought the pukka Park version for workshop use but they're really no different in use - very easy to use and just so bloomin obvious.

If I lose them, I'll use the 'vee up' method otherwise the 'right tool' really is easier in this case.