Your chain goes through a tonne of stress from twisting over the gears and from the sheer power in your legs, so it’s not surprising that they occasionally snap! So here’s how to join your chain again, regardless of what type it is!

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Here’s 3 ways to rejoin your chain. For this job you’ll need a chain tool, a third hand tool/bent spoke, a shimano joining pin, a master link and a pair of pliers. First off it’s the power link! These are handy as they allow you to snap together a chain quickly in the rain or in a race and are often cross brand compatible. These need two male ends of the chain, and clip together on opposite sides. Pull it tight until it locks together and away you go! The second method is the classic method using a proper chain splitting tool. Doddy likes one’s with two sets of jaws, one set for splitting the chain and the other for removing a stiff link. When removing your chain make sure that the pin you push out isn’t fully removed. Then locate the male end of the chain in the correct place and push the old pin back in with your chain tool. This method can leave the chain with a stiff link which can be remedied by using your chain tool on the second plate and applying a tiny bit of pressure to the driver to push the inside plate away slightly, freeing up the movement. The last method is to use a Shimano joining pin on a Shimano chain. Its much better to re-join a Shimano chain with a dedicated joining pin as it preserves material on the pin and will prove itself stronger for longer. To use the pin you need a male and female end of the chain, use your bent spoke to hold them together before driving the pin through with your chain tool. There will be a large section sticking out of the backside of the chain which needs to be carefully snapped off before you’re ready to ride!

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