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Chain riveting…. do it yourself

Chain riveting is possible? Yes, of course you can. however, we recommend using a suitable chain punch for locking links with a hollow pin (e.g. DID, but also most other brands use this system).

Below is an example of a chain punch and a picture of a locking link with x-rings and chain grease

chain punch

Chain tool in parts:

Chain Punch A : A
Chain Punch B : B
Anvil: C
Punching pin: D

chain punch

My tip is not to use the chain punch to break the old chain, pin breaks then quite easily, you can simply divide the old chain using a grinder.

Fit the rivet link with the o-ring or x-ring rubbers in the prescribed manner (use the chain grease supplied) and finally fit the striker plate as shown above. I have used a different color locking plate for clarity in the photo.

chain rivets

Take the chain tool part B and place it behind the chain, the pins of the link are in the recesses of chain tool part B.

Insert the pin (part D) into chain punch part A with the thin pin facing inwards, so that the widest part still protrudes a little. Take the anvil (part B) and slide it over the chain punch part B. Make sure that the anvil falls exactly over the locking plate of the rivet link, see the picture below. Tighten slowly by hand so that everything is properly clamped.

You use two wrenches to tighten the punch until it can go no further. Check in the meantime that the locking plate goes straight over the pins). When the punch can’t go any further, the locking plate has been pushed far enough over the pins (can’t go too far!).

chain rivets
chain rivets

As a final step of the chain riveting process, the pins must be “punched”. To do this, remove the anvil (part C). Now position the upper part of the chain punch (part A) so that the pin with the notch is exactly on the locking pin. Tighten the chain punch again by hand and check that it is exactly straight.


Then use 2 wrenches to tighten the punch until it cannot be tightened any further. I recommend checking in between to see if the locking pin is evenly “bent”. Repeat this with thesecond pin. You then have the chain nicely riveted without it being too “tight”.


Then make sure you have a good maintenance so you can enjoy your new chain as long as possible. Use a good quality chain spray (spray every 250 to 500 km, note: do this after a ride on a warm chain). Of course you can also choose for convenience and mount a (fully automatic) chain lubrication system.

Are you looking for a good chain set for a competitive price? Have a look at our site to see which set we can supply for your bike.

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