Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Top Tip: How to fix a bicycle chain

We know that there is never a good time for your bicycle chain to break. That's why we've pulled together some a step by step process to get you back up and cycling in no time!

You will need:

- A chain tool (a hammer and pliers will work just as well if you don't have a chain tool)

Get it fixed:

1. The best place to fix your chain is outside in the street or in your garage. Set up your bike and get all of the tools you need so you can get started. It's probably best you don't wear a suit and tie either, it's going to get messy! Fixing a chain is actually one of the dirtiest jobs you can do on a bike.

2.  Flip your bike so you can get to the chain easier and take a look at the broken ends. It is likely that one end will be damaged and will need to be removed.

3. Next place the chain tool into the spot  you need to disconnect. You'll actually need to remove two segments of instead of one at the damaged end so you can successfully re-attach the chain back together.

4. Turn the screw on the chain tool and start pushing the pin out of the chain, but be careful to keep the pin on the chai tool lined up. They like to move around a bit so it might be a little tricky!

5. Now you need to re-attach the chain. Feed the chain back onto the sprockets. Then use the chain tool to push the pin back in. Again the tricky part will be to keep the links in line.

6. Once the pin is in, the link that you've just attached is going to need a little adjusting as it will be stiff. Work it back and forth until it loosens enough to go around the gears.

7. There you have it, you've just fixed your bicycle chain!

Of course if you do have any problems, our Hub Team will be happy to help. Just call 01242 231 690 to chat to us about your bike repair and we'll get you a repair slot booked.