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.

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

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Image 1/2: Notice how the derailleur becomes almost vertical in the second picture when compared to the first. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: Note: You may need to wiggle the tire and chain around in order to create enough slack. Image 2/2: Remove the tire from the bike.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Note: If the master link matches the one pictured in this step continue with the instructions, if not skip to the next step. Image 2/3: With pliers squeeze the two pins together so that the chain comes apart. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/3: With a plier press the two pins together and remove the clip. Image 2/3: Once the clip is removed the chain should easily come apart. Image 3/3: 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.

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Image 1/3: Note: If you don't know which gear your bike is in place the chain on one of the middle gears. Image 2/3: Thread one end of the chain through the derailleur from top to bottom so it is in the shape of a 'S'. Image 3/3: Next place the chain on the back gears, making sure that it is threaded through the guide.
  • 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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Image 1/3: Grip the chain on both sides of the master link and pull. Image 2/3: Grip the chain on both sides of the master link and pull. Image 3/3: 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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Image 1/3: Use a plier to slide the clip back into place. Image 2/3: Use a plier to slide the clip back into place. Image 3/3: 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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