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any way to take off a chain from a bike? Answered

i need a simple way to get a chain off my bike so i can paint it and i dont want to buy a chain breaker is there any way around this with out destroying the bike or frame?


I have a friend that uses a hammer and nail to split and reconnect the chain. Try that.

find the master link and undo it then the chain will come apart

Most chains that come stock with a complete bike do not have a master link.

Just use a hacksaw to cut either the dropout, seat stay, or chain stay in half. Should slide right out.


7 years ago

The best way to remove the chain would be purchasing a chain tool, but you probably don't want to do that.  The harder way to do it is by punching out one of the pins...  This can be achieved by using a screwdriver that is about the same size of the pin and a hammer, you want to tap in out but not all the way (see pic.), (if you want the chain to go back together) then it should come apart and be easy to take off.


7 years ago

Look for the master link, remove the keeper and pull out the master link. The chain will come unlinked and you can then take it of the bike.

If you place the chain flat (while it is still looped through the frame) on something with a hole in it, like an 8mm or 5/16" nut, and then use a nail or small diameter punch and a hammer, you can tap out one of the pins and "break" the chain. Support the link you wish to open on the nut or something with a hole in it that will allow the pin to be punched through, and then tap the pin out. The reverse for putting the chain back together. I've done this many times without a problem.

Unbolt the rear wheel from the frame. Then you can get the whole chain off the rear hub, and remove it (like a necklace) from the pedals.

If its a regular bicycle frame though, the chain will still be looped through the frame.

Really? On my bike the pedal gears and derailleur are outside the frame, so once you've taken the rear wheel off, the chain is free. Is that no longer standard?

On the bikes I'm familiar, the rear sprockets are inside the frame and the chain is laced over and under the frame to the front sprocket. There's no way to remove it without taking the master link out or cutting the frame, that I know of.

Your first sentence should have started with "99% of bikes".


7 years ago

A cheap chain breaker will cost less than a can of paint.