How do I replace a chain?

If you have the tools, replacing a chain can be pretty straightforward. What’s not mentioned in this video is something we highly recommend, which is that you replace your cassette at the same time. This doesn’t apply to single speed bikes. Chains and cassettes wear together, so as the pins between the links wear down – what makes your chain stretch – the cassette ends up changing shape as well. A new chain on an old cassette isn’t going to fit as well as it could. It will also wear out faster. So most of the time, you’re going to want to do the replacements together.

We did not make this video – GCN did. We just think it’s a good example and walkthrough.


If you’d like to change your chain yourself, we can sell you the tools you need. We’re also happy to do the replacement for you in our repair shop. We carry Shimano, KMC and SRAM, but feel free to contact us if you’re looking for something specific.

Chain replacement is pretty straightforward, but were happy to take care of it for you!


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