Quick Chain Removal via Quick Release Link and YBN’s CLP-102, CRP-101 – Thorough Chain Cleaning is Easier

by Sabinna on October 7, 2010

I came across a blog post a little while back discussing chain-cleaning. It’s a topic that comes up with some regularity which is no surprise since the chain contains the largest number of moving parts. If one of those 400-odd pieces does not work as it should, a repair out on the road becomes very tricky indeed. Keeping it oiled and clean, at the same time, is a priority.

They suggested that the best way to really do the job is to remove it from your bike and give it a thorough clean in a tray with the appropriate solvent. But that involves breaking the chain then rejoining it with a special connecting pin. You need the tools and the experience to get this exactly right.

A good and frequently advocated  solution is to use a Quick Release or Master link.

chain quick release link master link

Here we are using YBN’s 10 speed chain quick release.

chain quick release link master link

It will look like this if fitted to your chain.

chain quick release link master link

A QR link can be opened by pushing the ends of the chain that extend from either end. However, that can prove difficult. Using the specially designed pliers makes the job much quicker and easier.

chain quick release master link

Fit the pliers around the QR link.

chain quick release master link

Squeeze to release. You can now give the chain its thorough clean knowing that you can quickly re-assemble it.

chain quick release master link

When reinstalling a clean chain, it’s a good idea to use a new QR link. Thread each rivet through the corresponding aperture.

chain quick release master link

Make sure the fit is correct on both ends otherwise one end will lock into position first leaving the other unsecured.

chain quick release master link

When you are sure the fit is correct, give both ends a tug in the opposite direction. This may require a good grip on the chain

chain quick release master link

Using a chain hook takes the tension off the chain. This makes fitting the QR link together before snapping it home a good deal easier.

chain quick release master link

This is the updated version of YBN’s QR link. It offers an extra notch that needs considerable pressure in order to lock the link in position on installation. It’s an added safety feature virtually eliminating the chance of a QR link coming apart.

quick release chain tool

YBN have come up with two chain tools to make the process of both assembly and dis-assembly even easier. On the left is the CLP -102 for securing a QR link. You can lock the link home in seconds. It also enables lateral access eliminating the need to engage the chain vertically from below or above, which can be quite awkward. It works on the opposite principle to the QR link release tool: pressure on the handles translates into outward pressure on the plier jaws.

quick release chain tool

To lock the QR link make sure the rivets and aperture are lined up and fitting snugly.

quick release chain tool

Insert the tool accordingly.

quick release chain tool

Moderate pressure will snap the link home.

quick release chain tool

The CRP-101 makes opening the link particularly easy. The finely machined jaws slip neatly into position.

quick release chain tool

The lateral access make positioning a breeze.

quick release chain tool

Moderate pressure will collapse the link. Taking this link design apart is virtually impossible to achieve without this tool.

quick release chain tool

quick release chain tool

If you need to quickly remove the chain for any reason, these tools make the job of assembly and dis-assembly trouble free.

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Richard August 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM

you can do it without the specific tool – set of eagle beaks can do it. take the chain off the chainrings to make it slack and then press down with the eagle beaks on opposite ends of each plate and it will pop open

Nigel Jarman August 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Where you can actually buy one of these “updated version of YBN’s QR link” ?

I had a google but didn’t come up with anything, is there a particular model number to search for ?

I had one of their previous ones models on me!

As such, I’m after something a bit more robust..

Glenn September 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

That will depend on your local market situation I guess. There is a similar model available from “Clarks” (Clarks Chain Connector Link) on the Chain Reaction site when I did a search. I don’t know this company, but I would not be surprised if they sourced from either YBN or KMC. KMC also have a model available there. But the closest to the QR link featured here is by Clarks.

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