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How to replace a bike chain

7 STEPS

Is your bike chain warn, slipping or giving you problems while you ride? Don't worry, replacing your bike chain is a snap.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Step

Take a few pictures of how the chain wraps in the derailleurs and cogs of the wheels

Step

Clean the bike chain

Use a clean rag with a degreaser. Lightly wrap the rag around the chain then rotate the pedals in reverse to slide the chain through the rag

Step

Place the chain tool on the chain

Turn the handle to start forcing the pin out of the chain entirely

Step

Now, remove the old chain

Step

Route the new chain in through the derailleurs and cranks

Use the chain tool to push the new pin through the chain link

Step

Apply a small amount of oil to the rag and smear down the chain

Step

Run the chain through the various gears of the bike for 30 seconds