Master link on skip tooth chain?

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mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
3,238
Rochester Hills, MI
Can't seem to find one. Chain isn't that grubby, but very stiff and needs a good cleaning, but I just don't see a master link.

Any help appreciated.

Mike
 

gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
763
Alameda, CA
Hi,
How old a skip tooth chain? Early ones may not have them. My teens Pierce chain didn't, had to punch out a pin. There are threads about this with some good information.

Good luck,
Gary
 

mickeyc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 21, 2013
3,238
Rochester Hills, MI
Chain is probably original to a '26 Columbia. My other '26 Columbia has a master link on the chain.

Mike
 

tysonk

On Training Wheels
Aug 7, 2019
4
31
Nebraska, USA
I can't find the master link on mine either! I need it off but cannot figure it out. Every link is identical. Do I have to grind a pin down? They look like that were punched on the ends so they can be removed.
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,817
Planet Mongo
That's probably it. Some chains have been messed with on older bikes. Chains break. Master links break and someone "fixes" it the best they can, with what's at hand. They might have spliced the chain together while still on the bike. get a small drift punch and knock that pin out. Chains are easy to get and repair. You should be able to remove two links and replace with a new master link.
 
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tysonk

On Training Wheels
Aug 7, 2019
4
31
Nebraska, USA
Thanks! I'm in a bind right now though with a bike show on Friday. Grinded the pin down and punched it out. Hoping I can put that pin back in for the show and will try a replace it later.
 
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