How to Change a Bike Chain Without a Chain Tool

It doesn’t matter how expensive bike you own, some parts of the bike will change in time to time. As an example, we can think about the chain. The chain of the bicycle stretches out after using for a period of time. Actually, the pins that connect the chain wear out and make the chain bigger.

Once it happens, you cannot ride the bike comfortably until changing it. Changing the bicycle chain is not as easy as changing other parts. You will need to go through a lot of steps for doing so.  Today, we will let you know how to change a bike chain without a chain tool.

Changing a bike chain without a chain tool

Usually, you will require a chain tool for changing the chain. It will make the whole procedure easier for you. However, if you don’t have a chain tool, then don’t worry. You can also change the chain without a chain tool. Keeping reading the below part to know how to do it.

Required Tools

The following tool will be needed for changing the chain.

New chain: That is the essential thing that you need to collect before changing the chain. You can buy it from any nearby bike shops. The size of the new chain should be as exact as mentioned in the user manual of the bike. While buying the chain, mention the size to the shopkeeper so that he can give you the right size. Some people may ask you to use the old chain, but you shouldn’t do this as the old chain will wear out quickly.

Master Link: It is a pin which connects both ends of the chain. Most of the time, the new chain include a master link. If the chain doesn’t include a master link, then you will need to buy one separately. Make sure that the master link suit with the chain.

Master Link Pliers: Here, the Master Link Pliers are optional. They can help you to connect and break the chain easily within a few seconds.

Put the bike upside down

Now take the bike and put it upside down. Secure it with beside a tree or use a work stand. Now give a closer look to the bike. This way, you can comfortably work with the chain. If the bike has a kickstand, then you use it instead of putting the bike upside down.  

Now, give a closer look to the chain, and remember how it is connected from gear mechanism to pedal. You can also take a picture of it which will be useful later.

Find out the master link

As we say, the master link is a special pin which allows you to break the chain as well as reconnect it. Remember that the master link is specific for a bike based on the bike and chain size. It will be harder for you to work with the chain unless you have a master link.

The master link is available at a low price, and you can install it easily. You will require a chain tool unless you have a master link installed on the bike.

Remove the chain

While removing the chain, you will need to position the master link properly. The link must not be around the teeth of the chain or near the gear. It should be in exactly in between the gear and the pedal so that you can easily work with the master link.

It is time to get rid of the old chain. If you have the master link pliers, then use it to remove the chain. Else, squeeze both ends of the master link with your hand so that the pin comes out and break the chain.

Attach the new chain

Before you finally attaching the new chain, you should measure the chain to find out whether it comes in the right size or not. You can measure the chain by comparing it with the old chain. If the sizeis okay, then you can attach it without any hesitation.

Now try to remember how the old chain was attached through the gear to the pedal. If you have taken the picture, then comprehend from it. Then put the new chain accordingly. Make sure that both ends of the chain are in the middle so that you can easily work with them.

Connect the chain

You are almost done. Now you will need to attach the master link in both ends of the chain. Simply put the pins in their slot and force them with your hand or pliers. You should hear a click sound if the master link is connected properly.

Test the chain

Now move the chain with your hand manually and to find out whether the chain is moving smoothly or not. For a much smoother result, you can lubricant the chain with proper bike lubricant. That’s it; you are done!

As you see, changing the bike chain without a chain tool is not that hard, but it is a little lengthy. Hopefully, with our guide on how to change a bike chain without a chain tool, now you will be able to change the chain from your own.

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