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Old 07-30-18, 09:18 PM
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Please help

I have 0 tools but i am at boarding school and staff might have limited tools and the deralure the hanging thing snapped completely off and is just on the loose chain i was able to ride it 800 or so feet back to the dor but i need it not to be fixed but to somehow still work so my father wont know that i broke it REPEAT i dont need it to shift i just need it to be working again
I dont know if it is fine now though
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Old 07-30-18, 09:29 PM
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How about posting some photos of the broken part.

Many of the new bikes have derailleur hanger that is intended to break under stress, and can be easily replaced for a couple of bucks. However, you may also need a derailleur.

Some people simply remove the derailleurs and wrap the chain around the sprockets to make a single speed. That works on older bikes with horizontal rear dropouts, but is less than optimal with the vertical dropouts that are common on most modern bikes, having almost no fine tuning of the chain tension.

Start with some photos as it will get everyone on the same page.
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Old 07-31-18, 09:19 AM
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Try a bicycle co-op near you. https://www.google.com/search?q=bicycle+co-op+near+solon+ohio&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiDk9Hd0MncAhVKRK0KHVXRBYkQuzEICQ&biw=1366&bih=651 They can help you diagnose the problem and provide some tools and assistance for usually a small fee. Not to say you can't get some excellent help here but we can't provide you with the tools.

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Old 07-31-18, 10:34 AM
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It never hurts to actually purchase a few tools. It probably isn't that big of a set of tools required to replace a derailleur and/or derailleur hanger, and make the necessary adjustments.
  • Metric Allen Wrench Set.
  • Screwdriver Set
  • Metric wrench set, or adjustable end wrench (or both).
  • Pliers
There are some compact multi-tool sets designed for cycling which can be handy to carry with oneself on the road.

Of course, as mentioned, photos will help with the diagnosis.
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