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I can't locate the chain link which must be used to separate it for removal. It's been some time since I removed a bike chain, and from what I remember, chains used to have "master links", but evidently no more. Do I need a special tool to detach the chain? Son's bike is a Diamondback Outlook. Hope someone can help!

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Yeah, they generally don't have those Master Links anymore.

For most modern bikes you have to use a CHAIN BREAKER TOOL. See the following link for a picture and general price:

Here is a link to an online How To Guide on how to use a CHAIN BREAKER TOOL to break a chain and replace it:

And here is a link to a short video on the process as well:

It is not an overly difficult repair so you should not have much problem with it even if it is your first time using the tool.

Please comment back here to this page if you have any details to add, have any questions, have difficulty accessing the links, or just require further general assistance and I will respond as soon as I see it.

I hope that was helpful to you, good luck.

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This video will demonstrate how to replace the chain with master link on a Schwinn Airdyne.
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It can be done, but you have to buy chain tool first, it looks like this:

For instructions on how to use chain tool, see this video:

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