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How To Put On A Bicycle Chain

How To Put On A Bicycle Chain

Stuart Dennison at Bikefix in London shows how to solve the common problem of putting on a bicycle chain. This simple video shows exactly how you do it.

Step 1: Hook back on

The easiest way to do this is to hook the chain onto the bottom sprocket and pedal backwards.

Don't try and hook onto the top of the chain ring, always hook onto the bottom and pedal backwards

Step 2: Pedal

Now pedal forwards until it is in the right gear or keep changing gear until the chain pedals smoothly.

Step 3: If it's jammed

Sometimes the chain gets jammed between the smallest sprocket and the frame. In this case, it's a good idea to loosen the quick release and undo the wheel nut to ease out the chain. The quick release is simply opened by pulling the lever. Pull it open so you can loosen the wheel nut on the other side. Now adjust the chain like before.

When closing the quick release, you should be able to close it completely. It should be tight, but not too hard to push. If it feels too tight, loosen the wheel nut by the derailleur. Likewise if it's too loose, then tighten the wheel nut.

Step 4: Final checks

Before you ride away, make sure you are in a comfortable gear. Pedal and change gear on both the rear and front derailleur.