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How to Take a Chain Off a Bike Without a Tool

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author image Cecilia Harsch
Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.
How to Take a Chain Off a Bike Without a Tool
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Checking your bicycle chain periodically can give you a heads-up to potential problems. Bike chains can wear out over time and possibly break if you don't maintain them properly. Sheldon Brown of Harris Cyclery suggests visually inspecting the chain for link wear, as well as build up of dirt and grease. Should either of these issues affect your bike chain, it is necessary to remove it for cleaning or replacement. You can accomplish removal without a special tool.

Step 1

How to Take a Chain Off a Bike Without a Tool
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Lay the bike onto a solid work surface or the ground with the chain side down. You might need to remove the pedal from the crank for the bike to remain stable as you work.

Step 2

How to Take a Chain Off a Bike Without a Tool
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Drill a 1/8-inch or 1/4-inch hole through a small block of 2-inch-by-4-inch dimensional lumber with a drill and wood drill bit. Without the hole, the block of wood would impede the removal of the rivet from the bike chain link.

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Step 3

How to Take a Chain Off a Bike Without a Tool
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Place the wood block behind the chain link, lining the drilled hole up with the rivet you want to remove from the link. Place a small nail punch the size of the rivet or smaller or a small nail on the head of the rivet.

Step 4

How to Take a Chain Off a Bike Without a Tool
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Tap the punch or nail with a hammer to drive the rivet from the bicycle chain. Do not completely remove the rivet from the chain link.

Step 5

How to Take a Chain Off a Bike Without a Tool
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Pull the bike chain apart where you loosened the rivet. Take the bike chain off the bike.

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