Fixing a bike chain on the street is no harder than fixing a flat tire if you are prepared. Read on…
This article is sponsored by Momentum Magazine and MonkeyLectric. An edited version of the article appears in Momentum issue 50
Your chain just broke, now what? Are you wearing nice clothes that you care about? Probably best to lock your bike and take the bus home. Come back later with your old jeans and we'll fix it then. Fixing a chain is the dirtiest job there is on a bike.
Re-attach the links OK, now feed the chain back onto your sprockets. It helps a lot if you have a friend who can hold the two ends in position while you reattach them. Use the chain tool to push the pin back in (see photo). This is the trickiest part to keep the tool lined up with the pin. Note: if you are putting on a new chain here, many new chains come with a special link that makes the first-time installation possible without pushing any pins in.