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How to Get a Bike Chain Back on the Gears

Apr 24, 2011 | By Jae Ireland


A slipped bike chain is usually a minor problem while biking, but it could be the symptom of a larger problem. Should your chain slip off the gears often, it could be the result of worn gears, which may need replacement. Of course, a bike chain can also slip as the result of the bike falling and going up steep inclines as well. Should your chain slip, stop cycling and fix it quickly, releasing the tension using your bike's derailleur.


First try shifting and gently pedaling, if that doesn’t work, then follow these instructions.

Step 1  Stop cycling and stand the bike on its kickstand or against a stable surface. Rotate the pedals so they are perpendicular to the ground and out of your way as you work.

Step 2  Grasp the derailleur gear, which is the small knob in front of the smaller gear, and pull it toward the front of the bike. This will release the tension on the chain so you have more length to work with.

Step 3  Lift the chain with your free hand and position it over the front gear. Press the chain down onto the gear so that it lines up with the teeth and becomes secure.

Step 4  Release the derailleur and the chain will snap back into place.

Step 5  Rotate the pedals to ensure that the chain is firmly in place. If not, you'll need to repeat the process by placing the chain with more precision on the front gear.

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