Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 27
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Bucks County, PA
    Posts
    400
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    How to remove quick link?

    I'm trying to release the quick link on my Sram 8 speed chain. I've tried squeezing the link with my fingers but can't get it. I've tried long needle-nose pliers but they slip off. Is there a special tool for this?? Maybe something like a skinny jaw pliers? Help!!! This is stupid.

  2. #2
    Senior Member kamtsa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    1,815
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I had similar problem with my SRAM master link. Eventually I cut it with a Dremel tool and install a Wipperman Connex.

    http://www.connexchain.com/Connector...ink/1_309.html

    Kam

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Reston, VA
    My Bikes
    2003 Giant OCR2
    Posts
    2,369
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I had trouble with mine the first time as well. Best advice I got was to first clean it well, and then bathe it in solvent to loosen the crud. Then, squeeze the plates of the master link together at the same time as you push the rollers together. Should pop open.

  4. #4
    Senior Member MudPie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    1,874
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by JPMacG View Post
    I'm trying to release the quick link on my Sram 8 speed chain. I've tried squeezing the link with my fingers but can't get it. I've tried long needle-nose pliers but they slip off. Is there a special tool for this?? Maybe something like a skinny jaw pliers? Help!!! This is stupid.
    It's rather easy, but hard to explain. First, wipe off dirt, crud from the side plates of the link. You need friction between your fingers and plates. Then using your thumb and forefinger, squeeze the plates together and slide the plates as if you were snapping your fingers (look at the elongated slot and make sure you're sliding in the right direction). And that should do it. You'll need to develop a feel for it, but once you do it, it literally takes seconds. Remember, it's a squeeze and slide operation. And it's even easier to reassemble.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Proofide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Lancashire, England
    My Bikes
    1976 Dawes Galaxy, 1982 Hercules, 1974 Vindec Twenty
    Posts
    336
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Here's a sketch to illustrate what Mudpie said. As he says, look at the elongated slot and make sure you're trying to slide it in the right direction. Then apply pressure with your finger and thumb simultaneously in the direction of the four arrows. Remember the link must be squeezed together before it becomes free to slide. It will reconnect as soon as you place any tension on the chain, but check to make sure it's firmly in place. You should feel it give.


  6. #6
    Senior Member MudPie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    1,874
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Proofide View Post
    Here's a sketch to illustrate what Mudpie said. As he says, look at the elongated slot and make sure you're trying to slide it in the right direction. Then apply pressure with your finger and thumb simultaneously in the direction of the four arrows. Remember the link must be squeezed together before it becomes free to slide. It will reconnect as soon as you place any tension on the chain, but check to make sure it's firmly in place. You should feel it give.

    Good diagram! A picture is worth 1k words. It's 10x easier to do than explain.

  7. #7
    Great State of Varmint Panthers007's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Dante's Third Ring
    Posts
    7,481
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Here's a visual aid to doing this:

    http://bicycletutor.com/quick-release-chain-link/
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

  8. #8
    Senior Member Shimagnolo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Zang's Spur, CO
    Posts
    6,285
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Another option for SRAM and Superlinks is to use a Park MLP-1 pliers;
    Just slip it into the chain and apply a little bit of pressure on the rollers,
    while squeezing the sides plates with two fingers to unlatch the pins.
    This is much easier for a slippery chain that is on the bike with derailleur tension on it.
    Last edited by Shimagnolo; 08-01-09 at 12:06 PM.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Bucks County, PA
    Posts
    400
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for all the help and the quick responses! I cleaned the link, oiled it, and tried applying pressure with my fingers per the diagram above. I was not successful. Maybe I was not doing it right or maybe the link was just stubborn.

    I ground an old pair of crimping pliers to fit with a semi-circular notch on each jaw. I had to use both hands and a pair of work gloves to get the link loose.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Bucks County, PA
    Posts
    400
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    LOL... I just watched the Park Tools video on their MLP-1 pliers. My tool was basically the same as the MLP-1. But the video shows a guy gently operating the tool with no effort. In my case I had both hands on the tool, work gloves, and my face was turning red.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Shimagnolo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Zang's Spur, CO
    Posts
    6,285
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by JPMacG View Post
    LOL... I just watched the Park Tools video on their MLP-1 pliers. My tool was basically the same as the MLP-1. But the video shows a guy gently operating the tool with no effort. In my case I had both hands on the tool, work gloves, and my face was turning red.
    If it takes a lot of force, you are doing something wrong.
    You just need to squeeze the sideplates a little bit to unlatch the pin head from the plate before the pins will slide toward each other.

  12. #12
    Senior Member MudPie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    1,874
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    If it takes a lot of force, you are doing something wrong.
    You just need to squeeze the sideplates a little bit to unlatch the pin head from the plate before the pins will slide toward each other.
    I concur. When I squeeze my fingers together, I am not pinching with much force. I doesn't take much to release that link. The trick is to pinch, then slide.

    It may help to remove the tension from the chain by dropping it of the chainring.

    Since you have the chain off, you may want to practice with an unmounted chain. It won't take long to master the master link.

    (I'm a big fan of SRAM chains and cassettes).

  13. #13
    Senior Member JonathanGennick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Munising, Michigan, USA
    My Bikes
    Hifi 29er, Stumpy 29er, Rockhopper 29er, ...
    Posts
    1,762
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1 on the Park master link pliers. Usually I can open the Powerlinks with just my fingers. But a set of master link pliers comes in handy for the occasional stubborn case.

  14. #14
    Senior Member peripatetic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    NYC
    My Bikes
    All 70s and 80s, only steel.
    Posts
    2,124
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The bicycletutor link above is helpful, OP--you should also watch that.

  15. #15
    Older "newbie"
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Hudson Valley of NY
    My Bikes
    Fuji Newest 4.0 just bought 7/26/08!
    Posts
    157
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Panthers007 View Post
    Here's a visual aid to doing this:

    http://bicycletutor.com/quick-release-chain-link/

    LOVE that website! Alex does a GREAT job!
    2008 Giant Sedona

    You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.
    -Frank Zappa

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    NJ
    My Bikes
    2014 Riding Bikes - 84 Trek 620; 13 Trek 1.2
    Posts
    134
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    First time with one of these quick release links. Getting this down is tricky. After about 20 minutes of greased up hands, pinching my fingers, and futzing with it, I looked up this thread & finally got it to pop off.

  17. #17
    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Indiana
    My Bikes
    RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
    Posts
    11,520
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Zombie Thread alert! A useful Zombie Thread, though.
    RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    NJ
    My Bikes
    2014 Riding Bikes - 84 Trek 620; 13 Trek 1.2
    Posts
    134
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sorry to resurrect this thread again but its the first time cleaning the chain (KMC) from a new bike I received last year. Trying to do reassembly and both sides of the quick link look identical, as does the chain. Does the reassembly direction of the chain or quick link matter? Thank you.

  19. #19
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    39,762
    Mentioned
    25 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I love how photo bucket got that hole in it's bottom, to be useless as a place to post pictures
    since they disappear.

  20. #20
    Senior Member Shimagnolo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Zang's Spur, CO
    Posts
    6,285
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce27 View Post
    Sorry to resurrect this thread again but its the first time cleaning the chain (KMC) from a new bike I received last year. Trying to do reassembly and both sides of the quick link look identical, as does the chain. Does the reassembly direction of the chain or quick link matter? Thank you.
    The only link on which that matters is the Wippermann.
    Superlink/SRAM/KMC are all composed of two identical parts, so it make no difference.

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    NJ
    My Bikes
    2014 Riding Bikes - 84 Trek 620; 13 Trek 1.2
    Posts
    134
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    The only link on which that matters is the Wippermann.
    Superlink/SRAM/KMC are all composed of two identical parts, so it make no difference.
    Thank you

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    western Massachusetts (greater Springfield area)
    My Bikes
    Velosolex St. Tropez, LeMond Zurich (spine bike), Rotator swb recumbent, Cignal tandem
    Posts
    370
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use KMC links. I find that the first time or two they are tough to undo. If you flex the chain so that the link is horizontal and the two ends of the chain are hanging down (looks like a Stonehenge monument, I'm too lazy to take a picture and upload), you can use whatever pliers you like to squeeze it open, you don't have to buy the Park tool or grind down a pair of needlenose pliers.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    3,192
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Get the pliers. They are cheap and will last longer than you will. bk

  24. #24
    Senior Member onbike 1939's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Fife Scotland
    My Bikes
    Airnimal Chameleon; Ellis Briggs; Moulton TSR27
    Posts
    1,885
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bkaapcke View Post
    Get the pliers. They are cheap and will last longer than you will. bk
    They may be cheap but you can do the same job with an old spoke bent into a U shape. With a limp chain, feed the threaded end through each link around the quick link and squeeze together.

  25. #25
    Senior Member rydabent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lincoln Ne
    My Bikes
    RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
    Posts
    3,818
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When my quick link seems stubborn, take a piece of single strand wire and loop on either side of the quick link and twist it up tight with a pair of pliers. The quick link will pull right in, then simply cut the wire off with nippers.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •