The chain is one of the most crucial parts of a bicycle, as it’s the part where the force from your body is translated into speed. If the chain slips out of its sprockets, you won’t be able to keep the bike going forward. Luckily, this is an easily fixable situation - if you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, of course. With that said, here’s how you can put a slipped chain back in place:
What does the chain do?
The bike chain is comprised of usually just over a hundred links. These engage with the sprockets at the back and the chain-rings at the front which transfers the force from the rotating pedals to the tyres and causes the bike to go forward. Set up well in ordinary use the cha
in shouldn’t fall off ever. However in real life gears might not be set up quite right or the whole bike gets knocked in a bike rack or similar and the chain can end up dislodging and coming off.
Fixing a slipped chain
The first thing that you should do when you’re trying to reattach a dropped chain is to flip the bike on its side. This way, you can see where the chain is detached.
This makes it easier to provide a better angle for you to pick up the chain and put it back in place. You need to check if there’s any damage to the chain, as sometimes, the chain can come loose due to wear and tear in the links. If this is the case, you may need to find a new chain and or the cogs if the system is really worn. If not, you can simply pick up the chain and drop it back in place.
The chances are that you’ll need the gears resetting after so if you’re looking for help with that that’s something we can do.
Get in touch with us at Boing Bicycles today to see how we can help you.