Ask a Mechanic | How to Fix Broken Chains in the Field

Welcome to our Ask a Mechanic column where our expert mechanic Daniel Slusser answers your bike maintenance questions. If you have a question for Daniel, please post it on our Facebook Wall or e-mail Daniel directly at daniel.slusser@artscyclery.com. Today’s column includes videos on how to repair a broken chain and how to make tools to help get that job done easily.

Question

I broke my chain on a mountain bike ride and I didn’t have a spare master link with me to fix it. I know that there has to be another way to fix a broken chain but I was hoping to get some good advice from a mechanic on how to do it. From: Sam

Answer

Because this is a common problem for many riders, whether on the road or trail, I made a  couple videos to show how fix a broken chain out in the field. The first one shows the complete chain repair process from start to finish.

To make the job a little easier, I keep a homemade tool with me that helps to hold the chain together while I am working on it. Here is a video on how to make this tool yourself so that you can be ready when the time comes.

Daniel Slusser is a professional bicycle mechanic with over ten years of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HSU and a master’s degree in history from Cal Poly. When he is not riding, wrenching, or writing he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

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