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Bicycle Chain/Masterlink Question

Old 03-18-08, 10:59 AM
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Bicycle Chain/Masterlink Question

After scouring google and searching this forum, I still cannot figure out how to use the masterlink that came with my bike. I've included a picture (drawn) of what it looks like, as I couldn't find anything simillar online. I hope the picture gives someone an idea of the kind of masterlink I have so they can help me. The chain didn't come with any sort of instructions. I've inspected it for a good hour and thought about trying different things, but I thought I would ask the mechanics here advice first.

How does this sort of masterlink work?

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You insert the side with the two attached pins through the chain ends (obviously, both ends have to be inner plates) from the inside so the ends of the pins with shallow grooves are sticking out toward you.

Then the flat plate that looks like a "fish" is placed over one pin in the groove so the pin is behind its "head" and the plate pushed toward it's "tail" (the end with the split) so the two pins snap into the pocket behind the head and inside the tail and the plate firmly seated in the grooves of the pins.

Generally, the fish is supposed to be swimming "upstream" as the crank is turned, that is, the head should be toward the front of the bike when it is on the top run of the chain.
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