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    field chain repair

    Okay, you pop your chain.
    You find your pin.
    How do you fix the chain right then and there.
    With most multi tool chain deals it is next to impossible to load the pin to start to press it in.
    I have a shimano chain that has a pin to help get started, but for others.. how do you get it together to get it back in or what is best thing to repair a chain in that situation-product?
    Also, should you just remove that one link that broke for starters?
    thanks

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    One Chain...Two Rocks

    If you don't have a chain-breaker tool, or pliers - laying the the chain on a rock, while you bash the link pin thru, is about the best Flintstone way to do it...
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    A much better way to do it is to just buy a quick link and chain tool. Remove the broken link, install quick link, done. Super easy fix and really inexpensive. IMO, every mountain biker should carry a chain tool with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1362 View Post
    Okay, you pop your chain.
    You find your pin. ...With most multi tool chain deals it is next to impossible to load the pin to start to press it in.
    Did the pin come all way out of the chain? If so, just remove a link like you said.
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    If it came right out just bash it in with whatever you can find and finish it with your chain tool. You'll want to replace it anyway so whatever gets you rolling again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owensjs View Post
    A much better way to do it is to just buy a quick link and chain tool. Remove the broken link, install quick link, done. Super easy fix and really inexpensive. IMO, every mountain biker should carry a chain tool with them.
    That is the easiest way. I carry 2 or 3 connex quick links and have a chain tool on my multi tool. If I break a link, I just remove the link with my chain tool and put a quick link on. I'm riding again in 2 minutes.

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    If you ''pop'' your chain then the pin has broken, they do not just fall out.

    You either carry a new pin or two with you....or you carry a quick link. You don't bother to try to reuse a broken pin

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    just push your bike back home

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    field chain repair

    Always carry quick links and a chain tool. Otherwise you're most likely in for a nice hike.

    Now, to answer your specific question, if you do not have a quick link remove the bent/broken link entirely. The key is, when you push a rivet, dont push it all the way out. Just enough that it is still attached to the outer plate. Reconnect the chain using that rivet. Trouble is, this method leaves about a 50/50 chance of failure. Believe me, I know. Also, it may cause some shifting issues, and limit access to your lowest gear, but it may be enough to get you home and it's better than walking.

    And even if that repair holds, don't forget it is just a "patch". It will break again soon. replace it immediately.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RTM View Post
    Always carry quick links and a chain tool. Otherwise you're most likely in for a nice hike.

    Now, to answer your specific question, if you do not have a quick link remove the bent/broken link entirely. The key is, when you push a rivet, dont push it all the way out. Just enough that it is still attached to the outer plate. Reconnect the chain using that rivet. Trouble is, this method leaves about a 50/50 chance of failure. Believe me, I know. Also, it may cause some shifting issues, and limit access to your lowest gear, but it may be enough to get you home and it's better than walking.

    And even if that repair holds, don't forget it is just a "patch". It will break again soon. replace it immediately.


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    This. ignore the rest of the answers

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    Re: field chain repair

    x2. Break out the busted link, move on, buy a fresh chain later, that chain is toast anyway. My multi-tool has a chain tool as part of. I don't carry the master link-one less thing to lose. I don't break often, but when I do, I do this.
    I did the rock method once. When I was way younger, and invincible and like 5 miles from anywhere. I prefer the tool, thank you.

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