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How To Replace A Bicycle Chain
The chain on your bike wears out over time and eventually you’ll have to replace it. Fortunately, the process is pretty simple – Simon shows you how.
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First thing to do is find out whether your chain is joined together with a pin or with a quick link. If you have a quick link then technically you can remove the chain with your bare hands. Bear in mind though that when it comes to re-sizing your chain, you can only cut it down to the right size with the use of a chain tool.
If you don’t have your old chain to hand, or if you’ve changed your gear ratios and need a new size of chain, we’ve also got a failsafe way of finding the correct chain length for your bike!
It’s best to check for chain wear on a regular basis – leave it to long and it will damage your whole drivetrain.
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Don't remove the pin all the way if you want to use the old chain again!@!!!!!
that made me laugh guy riding bike at beginning with chain break
noticed your logo is a chain after watching this video :)
4:50 looks so fucking easy!!
Sometimes a naturally gifted educator comes along and this guy is it. One of the best.
You provide the best and most explanatory videos, many thanks!
what if you have a rusted chain that you been trying to get off
I bought a 6/7/8 speed chain even though my bike only has 5 cogs on the back. I just couldn't find a 5 speed chain. Should work right? . I can't imagine the chain being thicker because of 1 gear difference. I'll find out in a couple days either way!
One thing that's missing is how you hold the chain in place to insert the pin. My chain's a slippery bugger and I'm damned if I can hold it in place and put the pin in at the same time. It'll be a two man job I think, unless there are some tricks for doing it (other than the old spoke one)
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Thanks for a fantastic, clear and instructive video. Inspiring, reckon I'm in for a long ride today ;)
Im revamping my old mtb and my chain has never been replaced (5 years) is it worth changing the cassette and front cogs as well? equal wear and all that . . .
Should I degrease the chain oil it has been already lubed to the chain? My teammates said that you should degrease it.
Thanks! My dad put a lock on my chain and forgot to take it off before he left. I had soccer practice and didn't have a ride! lifesaver
Thank you for your video. My basic question, is there a specific chain link and pin I need to be looking for or will any chain link and pin work? I'm sorry if someone has already asked this question. Thank you in advance. Cheers.
I installed my new kmc chain 9spd, it shifts smooth, but when down shifting its so choppy and there is a delay. Ive adjusted the rear shifter less tension more tension as needed. But still does the same thing. What am I doing wrong?
tks great info I will try to replace my own chain and will watch your other vids thank you
can one use a SRAM (or other) powerlink with a Shimano chain?
When you buy a chain online will it come with the pin you need to connect the chain together or if not can you just use a pin from an old chain?
Instructions not clear- hand got caught in toaster
y is this showing in US
if only he posted videos without all tools, bike tools can get expensive and not everybody has them
Thank you, it help me a lot
1. Wear nitrile gloves. Filthy oily hands, fingers and nails are repulsive.
2. Don't measure the length of the old chain as it will have stretched! Count the links instead or refer to your note book to know how long the new chain should be. My bikes are all 108/110 links.
3. Don't bother with the Shimano pin, use a quick link instead such as SRAM 9 or 10spd depending on your drivetrain.
4. Carry a few spare quick links just in case your chain breaks, but mine never have so have never had to use them.
5. Make sure the rest of the drive train is spotlessly clean – derailleur jockey wheels, cassette and chain rings.
0:06 Perfect demo
Watch this once through. Then use it step by step and it is as easy as falling off a bike. Thanks again GCN
thanks so much I couldn't figure how the detailed went on until now
This is by far the best bike related tutorial I've seen so far on youtube, great job!
I used this video to install a new chain. The point where I inserted the pin is stiff and jams the rear derailleur causing it skip. Is there a way to fix it?
Would you do the same technique with a mtb
There's a serious error in this video. In the Shimano installation guide, they recommend that for additional strength that the connecting pin be inserted in the hole at the other of the link vs. that shown in this video. The idea is that at the point where the connecting pin is inserted, the pulling force should be on the link's inside plate instead of pulling on the outside plates of the link. Suggest you check out the installation guide. Here's what it says: "As illustrated in Fig.A, we strongly recommend to set the connecting pin in the hole of the outer link on the front side in the direction of travel. The chain’s level of strength is enhanced compared to the method in Fig.B."
This video, plus your other chain fixing vids has educated me and saved my riding life! Many thank yous!