The Garage Files
While some master links are reusable, others like SRAM’s Powerlock are not technically reusable. Check with the manufacturer first.
In any case, buying a new master link every once in a while in exchange for a thoroughly cleaned chain can be worth the minor
cost. Install the master link according to the arrow on the outer plate. The arrow should point in the rotation direction of the chain.
With the master link attached by hand, it is not completely
locked in place yet. Rotate the cranks until the master link is on
the upper part of the chain’s rotation where torque is applied.
With the chain in this position, hold the rear brake and push down
on the crankset to completely lock the master link into place.
With the chain
the chain with a
to your trail