Bicycle Mechanics - Shortening Chain
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I have this old bike im fixing up, needed a new chain so I went out and bought a pretty cheap one. Anyway to shorten the chain without buying any special tools?
12-08-03, 08:25 PM
If you have a small vice, a hammer, and a pin punch you might be able to shorten the chain. It would, however, be way easier to just buy a $10 chain tool and do it right.
12-09-03, 06:49 AM
...Or, if you are really cheap, get a hammer and an old roofing nail.....
C'mon, now-you need a chain tool!
12-09-03, 10:18 PM
After years of doing this myself, I found my LBS only charges $3 labor to size & install a new chain. The total cost depends upon the quality of chain you purchase. That said, you really ought to own a chain tool. Don
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