A chain of events

I used to think that chain repairs were easy; all I needed to carry was a chain tool to extract the odd pin, and a 'quick link' to join the ends together.

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A few days ago step-daughter Charlotte 'phoned. "I'm half way round Bleasdale and the chain has broken .... " so into the car for a rescue mission.

What I discovered later was that as well as being broken, it was also badly twisted. A simple join would achieve nothing.

chain_twisted

So now, when touring, it has to be a chain tool, and a couple of 'quick links' and a small length of chain.

Nick

2 comments on “A chain of events”

  1. Patrick wrote:

    Good photos. Sheldon Brown standard, definitely. A short length of chain won't weigh much either, but only two links seem to be twisted. If you had two 'quick links' I would imagine you'd be okay? I also carry a few Shimano special pins (I forget their proper name) that have a break-off piece after the repair.

    I think the chain is easily the yuckiest part of a bicycle and avoid touching it if at all possible.

  2. Garry wrote:

    Usually there's a bit of slack anyway so you can take out a couple of links with no problem. As long as you can get into biggest sprocket and biggest chainring at the same time, you're fine.
    Chains, in my experience break mostly due to jamming followed by a bit too much force with the pedals immediately afterwards. If jammed in any way, fix, don't force.

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