Use A Bike Chain Tool With A Shimano Connecting Pin

Introduction

Any single-speed or standard derailer chain can be connected with a chain tool. Narrow 9, 10 or '11 speed' chains have plates that are too thin to make this a reliable process and connect with special links that are supplied with them. Some chains – for example Shimano - have to be broken and reconnected with a special pin. Others with a trick link that can be dismantled by hand.

Step 1

Place - Use A Bike Chain Tool With A Shimano Connecting Pin

Place

To reconnect the chain thread it back onto the bike(link) and hold it in place with a wire bent into a ‘C’ shape; a dead spoke with the head cut off is ideal.

Step 2

Direction Of Travel - Use A Bike Chain Tool With A Shimano Connecting Pin

Direction Of Travel

Make sure the replacement pin will be in the leading hole of the outer link in chain’s direction of travel. The replacement link should be in the forward hole in the outer link, in the chain’s direction of travel.

Step 3

Prepare - Use A Bike Chain Tool With A Shimano Connecting Pin

Prepare

Line up the holes and push the rounded end of the replacement pin into the link.

Step 4

Put The Chain In The Chain Tool - Use A Bike Chain Tool With A Shimano Connecting Pin

Put The Chain In The Chain Tool

Put the chain in the chain tool in the position furthest from the driving punch.

Step 5

Connect - Use A Bike Chain Tool With A Shimano Connecting Pin

Connect

Drive the pin into the chain by screwing in the punch on the chain tool. Push it until the connecting pin is aligned with the outer link surface from the side that the pin is inserted.

Step 6

Check - Use A Bike Chain Tool With A Shimano Connecting Pin

Check

Remove the chain tool. Check the head of the pin is flush with the plate by touch.

Step 7

Break - Use A Bike Chain Tool With A Shimano Connecting Pin

Break

Break off the excess part with a pair of pliers.