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Starting with someone holding the bike with the front of the bike to your right proceed as follows. Shift the rear derailleur down so that it lines up with the smallest cog on the rear. Shift the front derailleur to the smallest cog on the front. This will give you the least resistance to thread the chain. Starting at the rear lay the chain over the rear cog teeth and holding the arm of the derailleur down so that the idler gears are one above the other thread the left end of the chain to the right side of the top idler gear and down through the cage. proceed with the end of the chain to the left side the the bottom idler gear and down . The left end of the chain you just threaded will now meet the right end of the chain which you are about to thread. Don't let the left end slip back the way you came. Take the right end of the chain and thread it through the cage of the front derailleur and over the smallest gear on the front proceeding to your right. It should be sitting in the teeth.Pull the right end of the chain down and arouind to meet the left end of the chain. Since you are asking how to thread the chain I am assuming that it is apart in one long length and not in a continuous loop. Use a twist tie to hold the two ends of the chain together for now. Shift the front derailleur to the largest outside gear taking care to lift the chain off the teeth of the small gear and place them on the large gear as you are shifting. Shift the rear derailleur to the largest inside gear(cog) on the back wheel taking care to move the chain again as you shift. The chain should be in a continuous loop with no twists in it that goes as I described through both derailleur cages and over the largest gear on the back and the largest gear on the front. Now the tricky part. You may need someone to help. You have to pull the chain with your left hand to move the rear derailleur cage all the way forwardand with the twist tie removed bring the right end of the chain all the way back to the rear along the left end of the chain to measure how long it would be joined up in that position. Note where the chain would meet if tight. You will have excess chain on one end. From where the ends meet give yourself two links on the excess end of the chain and where the ends will join now is the correct length. You will need a chain (break) tool to force the pin out on the excess end of the chain to remove the excess length.You have two choices for joing the chain. You can buy a pin that you can join the two ends with and when it is forced through to the mark on it with the tool you then snap the end off with a pair of pliers or you can buy a joiner link that comes in two halves that fit through the holes on opposite sides of the chain and then snap together. The forward action of pedalling will make the final snap to hold the link on. If you decide on the latter method you will notice that you will have to remove another pin from the length to get the side plates off the chain and expose both holes. This is a complicated explanation and if you haven't done this before and you don't have a chain tool it is far easier to get a bicycle shop to install a new chain as the actual chain has to be a direct match in manufacturing to properly fit your bike. If you decide to do this yourself, take the old chain in and get a new one. Make sure it hasn't been shortened as the old chain has probably been stretched and the proper method of measuring the new one is by using the bike itself not just laying the new one and the old one side by side. Good Luckand hope this helps.

Posted on May 18, 2009


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