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Old 11-14-21, 06:35 AM
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Does anyone bring spare chain?

I'm about to make my first chain replacement. My old chain is still working perfectly, butter smooth shifting but stretched enough to warrant replacement.

I'm thinking of putting the old chain in my tool bag as spare chain. Good idea? I've heard of cases when riders broke their chain, it came off the bike and the car behind them ran over the chain, damaging it beyond repair and no longer usable, leaving the rider stranded.
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Every time you posit a scenario that the forum at large believes to be highly unlikely, you push back, saying that we just don't understand your riding conditions. With that in mind, if you think that a chain breaking and being irreparably damaged by a passing car is a realistic scenario, then I think it's a fantastic idea to carry a spare at all times. Maybe even two.
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I usually keep a quick link in my bag but not a full chain. I accept the fact there there are scenarios that just can't be accounted for. If you maintain you're bike well then that's the best plan...just like swapping the chain when it gets too worn. Ride on!
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The only spare anything I have ever carried is a tube and that takes more room in my under seat bag than I like but the chance of a flat is greater than any other breakdown I can imagine. A quality chain and proper chain maintenance makes carrying a chain and chain tool unnecessary IMHO.
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A spare quick link will allow you to bodge a shortened chain and get you home in case something untowards happens and weighs a few grams. That's reasonable to carry. A spare chain, no.

Modern chains with reasonable maintenance do not just break. I mean, at this point you could very well ride a steel bike and carry a wielding machine and a spare chainstay in case your snaps.
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When I ride my carbon bike, I carry a spare steel frame. You know, just in case the carbon frame explodes mid-ride.

For the times when that isn't feasible (people on group rides look at me weird when I ride with an extra frame), I have my wife follow me in the vehicle (don't worry, her hazards are on) with one of my other bikes so that I can swap it out in case my wheels, handlebar, stem, seat post, saddle, pedals, derrailleur, or headset fail.

Now that you mention it, I should probably carry a few extra chains in the back of my support vehicle.
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Old 11-14-21, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
I've heard of cases when riders broke their chain, it came off the bike and the car behind them ran over the chain, damaging it beyond repair and no longer usable, leaving the rider stranded.
That's a new one on me. When I've been with someone who broke a chain or the one time it happened to me I was able to get it fixed with a multi tool chain breaker and, in some cases, a quick link. I don't recall anyone having a chain come all the way off the bike.
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Old 11-14-21, 12:27 PM
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I used to ride MTB in the mid 80's in places with zero support, no road access, and with no cell phone service - obviously. Most of those places still don't have cell coverage due to the remoteness and costs involved.

When we were riding in a larger group, we would have designated assignments for carrying spares. We would have tools and pumps of course, but someone would carry a spare folding tire, a spare rear derailleur, a collection of common nuts and bolts etc. Spare tubes: one time, despite having 10 spares between us, we still ran out on a particularly long and rocky ride.

But I do not remember us ever carrying a spare chain. We occasionally had broken or mangled chains, but shortening the chain and reconnecting with a chain tool always fixed the problem.
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As suggested above, a quick-link/master link is best choice. Chain failures are very rare anyway.
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Nope. Next question?
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How many times did you break a chain while on a ride this year? If you did, then I guess it's wise to take one with you.

A tube is the only spare anything I carry. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't have to have a seat bag. The few hex keys and tools I need will fit well in a back jersey pocket.
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I considered packing a spare chain when I did Paris-Brest-Paris. The thinking was that if some catastrophic chain issue happened, it might be quicker to swap on a whole spare chain than to try dealing with a chain-breaker while brain-dead in the middle of the night somewhere. I can't remember exactly, but I think I elected not to pack it at the last minute. Thankfully, my only chain-related incident was a dropped chain after overshifting the front, which was easily remedied.
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No. I do bring chain repair stuff, tool and size appropriate quick links. Have fixed other people's bikes, never mine.
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
I'm about to make my first chain replacement. My old chain is still working perfectly, butter smooth shifting but stretched enough to warrant replacement.

I'm thinking of putting the old chain in my tool bag as spare chain. Good idea? I've heard of cases when riders broke their chain, it came off the bike and the car behind them ran over the chain, damaging it beyond repair and no longer usable, leaving the rider stranded.
Is this a joke? Just carry a quick link or two and forget about it.
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
I'm about to make my first chain replacement. My old chain is still working perfectly, butter smooth shifting but stretched enough to warrant replacement.

I'm thinking of putting the old chain in my tool bag as spare chain. Good idea? I've heard of cases when riders broke their chain, it came off the bike and the car behind them ran over the chain, damaging it beyond repair and no longer usable, leaving the rider stranded.
I wouldn’t believe that story if I heard it from Mahatma Ghandi and Mother Theresa backed him up.
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I wouldn’t believe that story if I heard it from Mahatma Ghandi and Mother Theresa backed him up.
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One of the times that I broke a chain was on a long distance tour and a local rancher helped me fashion a repair using bailing wire. It almost got me to a bike shop, skipping badly over the 5 speed freewheel teeth. New chains are so flexible and strong, a broken chain is improbable. If anyone is relying on a quicklink on the road, probably practice at home. It isn't as easy as it sounds, especially with the truck backing up for a second pass over it.
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Originally Posted by RNAV View Post
When I ride my carbon bike, I carry a spare steel frame. You know, just in case the carbon frame explodes mid-ride.

For the times when that isn't feasible (people on group rides look at me weird when I ride with an extra frame), I have my wife follow me in the vehicle (don't worry, her hazards are on) with one of my other bikes so that I can swap it out in case my wheels, handlebar, stem, seat post, saddle, pedals, derrailleur, or headset fail.

Now that you mention it, I should probably carry a few extra chains in the back of my support vehicle.
Wow I am impressed! If your wife os too busy do you have a backup driver too? My wife scoffs at me when I make the call of shame for having broke my chain.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski View Post
Is this a joke? Just carry a quick link or two and forget about it.
I might have read it from another BF member who had the experience couple of months ago. Happened in open roads, sparse traffic. Snapped the chain during a climb.

It's hard not to find some humor in the situation, "car ate the chain, w/e". Lucky for him, he quickly found a cab and got home just fine.

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Consider riding with a lightening rod, just in case.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
No. I do bring chain repair stuff, tool and size appropriate quick links. Have fixed other people's bikes, never mine.
I have these too but the car scenario really got me worried.
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
How many times did you break a chain while on a ride this year? If you did, then I guess it's wise to take one with you.

A tube is the only spare anything I carry. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't have to have a seat bag. The few hex keys and tools I need will fit well in a back jersey pocket.
Never my whole life but I've never ridden as hard as recently with lots of out of the saddle pedaling.
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I have these too but the car scenario really got me worried.
How do manage to function on a daily basis when you are so stricken by worry about the most random things?
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Consider riding with a lightening rod, just in case.
Judging by the aptitude of some posters*, I could see that ending remarkably badly...


* Not necessarily anyone in this thread
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never even though about a whole chain before, but I did carry some links in my bag many moons ago, but now only an extra quick link. I personally have never broken a chain on a ride and have only known one person to have chain issues, and it was because he put his quick link on wrong.
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