How to Cut a Bike Chain

A broken bike chain can ruin your whole day. Whether you’re out on a leisurely ride or trying to get to work on time, a broken chain can put a real damper on things.

In this blog post, we’ll give you tips on how to cut a bike chain. With these helpful hints, you’ll be back on the road in no time!

  1. Invest in a good quality chain cutter. This is perhaps the most important tool you will need to successfully remove a bike chain. Cheap cutters will not do the job properly and may even damage your chain.
  2. Wear gloves. Cutting a bike chain can be a dirty job, so it’s important to protect your hands from grime and grease.
  3. Using the cutter, remove one of the outer links from the chain. You will need to break one of the pins that holds the link together in order to do this.
  4. Remove any additional links until the chain is short enough to comfortably remove from the bike.
  5. Use a brush or cloth to wipe away any excess grease or dirt from the newly shortened chain.
  6. Using the cutter, reattach the outer links that you removed in step 3. Make sure that they are facing the right direction before you reconnect them!
  7. Check all of the other links in the chain to make sure that they are also facing the right direction before reconnecting them as well.
  8. Once you have checked and double-checked all of the links, it’s time to reattach the chain to the bike. Start by feeding it through the derailleur (the mechanism that moves the chain between gears) and then reconnect it to itself using one of the inner links.
  9. Test drive your bike to make sure that everything is working properly and that there are no more gaps in the chain. If everything looks good, congratulations—you’ve just successfully cut and repaired your bike chain!
  10. If you find that your bike still isn’t shifting gears properly after cutting and repairing your bike chain, take it into your local bicycle shop for a tune-up.


As every cyclist knows, a broken bike chain can really put a damper on things—but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world!

With these easy tips, you’ll be back up and running (or cycling!) in no time.

Allen Joe

Allen is an adventurous and creative individual who loves to explore the open road. An avid cyclist, Allen is always pushing himself to new limits. When he's not cycling, you can find him using his writing talents to share tips and tricks for biking on his blog.

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