Introduction

Whether your chain is too big or broken, this guide will help you get your bike back on the trail.

Parts

No parts required.

Begin loosening the tire by turning the quick release handle.
  • Begin loosening the tire by turning the quick release handle.

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Gripping the rear derailleur, pull the arm back, away from the front of the bike. Notice how the derailleur becomes almost vertical in the second picture when compared to the first.
  • Gripping the rear derailleur, pull the arm back, away from the front of the bike.

  • Notice how the derailleur becomes almost vertical in the second picture when compared to the first.

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There should be enough slack, in the chain, at this point to remove the tire from the bike. Note: You may need to wiggle the tire and chain around in order to create enough slack.
  • There should be enough slack, in the chain, at this point to remove the tire from the bike.

  • Note: You may need to wiggle the tire and chain around in order to create enough slack.

  • Remove the tire from the bike.

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Locate the master link along the chain. Note: If the master link matches the one pictured in this step continue with the instructions, if not skip to the next step. With pliers squeeze the two pins together so that the chain comes apart.
  • Locate the master link along the chain.

  • Note: If the master link matches the one pictured in this step continue with the instructions, if not skip to the next step.

  • With pliers squeeze the two pins together so that the chain comes apart.

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Note: This step is only for chains with a master link clip. With a plier press the two pins together and remove the clip. Once the clip is removed the chain should easily come apart.
  • Note: This step is only for chains with a master link clip.

  • With a plier press the two pins together and remove the clip.

  • Once the clip is removed the chain should easily come apart.

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Once the chain is separated, remove it from the bike by pulling one end.
  • Once the chain is separated, remove it from the bike by pulling one end.

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With the new chain, place it on the current gear that your bike is in. Note: If you don't know which gear your bike is in place the chain on one of the middle gears. Thread one end of the chain through the derailleur from top to bottom so it is in the shape of a 'S'.
  • With the new chain, place it on the current gear that your bike is in.

  • Note: If you don't know which gear your bike is in place the chain on one of the middle gears.

  • Thread one end of the chain through the derailleur from top to bottom so it is in the shape of a 'S'.

  • Next place the chain on the back gears, making sure that it is threaded through the guide.

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To reassemble the chain bring both ends of the chain together so that the pins on each one lineup. Grip the chain on both sides of the master link and pull. Grip the chain on both sides of the master link and pull.
  • To reassemble the chain bring both ends of the chain together so that the pins on each one lineup.

  • Grip the chain on both sides of the master link and pull.

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If your chain does have a master link clip replace the link around the two pins. Use a plier to slide the clip back into place. Use a plier to slide the clip back into place.
  • If your chain does have a master link clip replace the link around the two pins.

  • Use a plier to slide the clip back into place.

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Conclusion

Once your chain is back together, you are ready to once again, hit the trails.

Jacob Rickman

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