How To Use A Chain Tool

Many mountain bikers know that it is possible to repair a broken chain. However, many also do not think about the consequences of doing so and are unaware how often they should replace their chains when there’s no need for repairs. Once your bike becomes damaged you’ll want to immediately get yourself a new one in order avoid any more damage or potential accidents down the road. Most mountain cyclists travel with a chain tool for this same reason.

Your chain is composed of three individual pieces, each with their own function. First you have the metal side plates that are kept together by pins called rivets or pins and rollers in between them to allow for a smooth rotation while your bike travels around gears.

It is necessary to remove the damaged link from the chain and replace it with a spare link if your chain should break for any reason. To accomplish this, just connect the two ends of the damaged chain and ride on a shortened chain until the broken chain can be repaired or replaced properly.

You can make a quick fix for your broken chain by connecting the two ends of the damaged link. It may be necessary to ride on it until you have time to repair or replace it properly, though this might not last long depending on what caused the break in the first place.

To quickly re-link and keep riding: just connect one end of each side then reconnect them together again

This step is the most difficult of all, and may require some trial-and-error. Make sure that you have a firm grip on both sides of the chain when pulling it out with your free hand. Be patient while releasing each side plate; moving too quickly will only cause more trouble later down the line. Once one set has been freed from its imprisonment in between two rollers, move to release another until there are no longer any obstructions keeping them together tightly

Time for a tune-up. As your bike’s chain deteriorates, it may come time to reroute the chain through its drivetrain so that you can keep rolling on down the road! If doing this sounds like too much work (and let’s be fair – we know how hard bikes are!), there is one easy trick: buy yourself a new bicycle and get out of here.

Now that the damaged link has been removed and the chain replaced, you are ready to insert a new link or just join links. There is no difference in procedure here: position one of either ends so they fit outside inside each other’s side plates. Now using your tool gently press them together until their pin fits uniformly between both sides’ inner plate space.

If you want to learn how to do this or feel comfortable doing it, having someone demonstrate you and then practising with a chain and a chain tool is the most straightforward method. Following a few instances of watching a professional do a temporary repair on a mountain bike chain and practising on your own, you’ll have no problem at all performing the repair yourself.