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Thursday, August 31, 2006

HOW TO REPAIR BICYCLE CHAIN VIDEO

Here's a video I did on how to use a chaintool to take apart or reassemble your bicycle chain. For more info on the chaintool or chain, check out the original post linked below the video. Have fun and ride safe.

If for some reason the video below doesn't work, you can watch direct from YouTube by clicking this link.





Original bicycle chain repair how-to article


Gerry

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

My comment has nothing to do with this post , i wld like to know if its possible for you to make a list of things tht riders wld need to do for weekly maintence. (My bike died on me a long way out and i had to push it back to the repair shop.)

Anonymous said...

Well.. I found it easy to take off the chain. However put it on is quite harder thing to do. It seems that rivet's or link provided with chain rivet tool is too long for my chain and it stuck when I am starting to pedal. I don't know, should I cut it off somehow? Second thing, is it possible to use the rivets which have been already used (in a time of putting off the chain).

Peter.
deshi@o2.pl

Gerry Lauzon said...

Hi Peter,

Chains are not all made equal. Some derailleur type chains are wider than others to accomodate more gears on the rear cluster. You should use the rivets provided with the chain and yes you can re-use the smae rivets form the original chain providing you don't pop it out of the link. I've never managed to put a loose rivet back in when it comes totally off.

Anonymous said...

I was in a bike shop today and was told that taking the chain apart weakens the chain and it was recommended not to do so unless absolutely necessary.

Is this correct?

Gerry Lauzon said...

I've dismantled and reassembled numerous chains on my own bikes and rode thousands of miles without any problems. The only chains that have ever broke on me were on brand new bikes. Chains don't last forever, they need to be replaced on occasion but I have a problem believing that putting a chain together weakens it that much. My 2 cents

Gerry

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the advice appreciate the time out your taking!!!

John B.

Anonymous said...

i accidentley completely removed the pin is their a way i can get it back on or should i take a link from another chain

Gerry Lauzon said...

You'll have to scrap that link.

Gerry

toxikid said...

hey Gerry! your site is the perfect
site about repairing bikes.I've been searching on the internet for the past weeks until i saw your vid on you tube best site yet man!oh and i have one question, where can i get a chain breaker for bikes?

Gerry Lauzon said...

Hey toxikid, thanks for the great comment. Chain repair tools can be bought at your local bike shop or online. Check out Park Tools for more info.

Gerry :)

Nick Annejohn said...

This is a really useful blog, it's helped me out many times.
I've found that when putting pins back in, the easiest way is to tap it in with a hammer (setting the chain on the ground or against the frame of the bike). When the pin comes all the way out, I balance the pin in the right spot and drive the hammer down. Often it just flies off or goes in crooked, but every couple of hits i get lucky and it goes in fine.

Gerry Lauzon said...

Hey Nick, I've never heard of this before, but if it works for you great. I see this also working for folks who are stuck and don't have access to a chain tool. I'll actually try this to see it for myself.

Thanks for the input and great to have you as a reader.

Gerry :)

brado said...

Gerry, your site is very informative and helpful. Thanks! I was recently trying to adjust my derailleurs. I shifted the front gear and rear gear to the smallest gears and my chain is rubbing on the the rear derailleur. My bike is about 8 years old and I usually only ride using the largest front gear (and all the rear gears), so this hasn't been an issue until now. Has my chain stretched over time? Do I need to remove a few links? I assume I don't need a new chain, but I have heard that you are supposed to replace the cogs in the front and rear when you put a new chain on, since the cogs and chain wear at the same rate. Is that true?

sf said...

After reattaching my chain I've discovered that the link I took the pin out of sort of "jumps" on the teeth of the gear clusters. Any help?

Gerald said...

Watch what I do at 0.52 in the video. I move the chain from side to side at the link. Do this a few times and it should loosen that pivot and take care of the chain jumping.

Gerry :)

Anonymous said...

To place a fallen pin back on the chain! Use 1/4 inch masking tape, then tape the fallen pin ( 1/8 from the bottom)to the top of the pin on the chain tool End to End!! Wrap tape around so its sturdy! Place link back in tool, slowly drive pin in. Remove tape with a blade, once pin is 1/2 inside. When money was tight! I came up with this idea and it works !!

Gerry Lauzon said...

Thanks for sharing, I'll have to try it.

Gerry :)