Difficulty remove Chain link

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Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby AlastairS » 25 Feb 2016, 2:31pm

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

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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby KimBowers » 25 Feb 2016, 3:03pm

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.

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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby Vetus Ossa » 25 Feb 2016, 3:48pm

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

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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby jezer » 25 Feb 2016, 3:52pm

I use the specially designed tool for the job, as referred to above. Makes removing and fitting very easy.
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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby pete75 » 25 Feb 2016, 3:58pm

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.

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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby rfryer » 25 Feb 2016, 4:13pm

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.

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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby cycleruk » 25 Feb 2016, 4:22pm

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

Postby Vantage » 25 Feb 2016, 4:53pm

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.
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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby Mick F » 25 Feb 2016, 5:25pm

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.

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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby jezer » 25 Feb 2016, 5:37pm

Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I prefer to use properly designed tools for my pride and joys.
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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby Mick F » 25 Feb 2016, 5:43pm

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?
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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby Mattyfez » 25 Feb 2016, 5:48pm

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

Postby jezer » 25 Feb 2016, 6:01pm

Also a plastic clip around the chain stay and the arm mech relieves pressure on the chain, enabling easy fitting of the chain.
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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby scottg » 25 Feb 2016, 6:03pm

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,
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Re: Difficulty remove Chain link

Postby nosmarbaj » 25 Feb 2016, 9:10pm

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.