Originally Posted by zvenkruspe
It has to work. Otherwise ppl would need new chains with every new tire change
You just break the chain and use a new master link assuming the chain is still good. It is recommended that you replace the chain along with a sprocket change but if the chain is still pretty new its not a big deal.
If you can't get it off without breaking the chain. Just grind the master off with a dremel or something (the correct way) and get a clip type master for a couple of bucks that can be put on with hand tools. If you dont have access to said power tool, a chain breaker is going to cost less so just do it the right way if thats the case.
I know you are just trying to save money but if this costs to much then affording proper maintenance on the bike is going to be hard for you. Not trying to be a dick or anything.
But no one removes a wheel in the way that has been mentioned when you take it in for service, thats something you try to do in a rare circumstance at home lol.