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What if my chain snaps while out riding?

Sah1990Sah1990 Posts: 49
edited June 2010 in MTB beginners
I'm off to Cwmcarn in a couple of weeks and I'm just getting some bits together for the trip.
I have just brought a new Gerlet hydration pack and Maxxis Minion front tyre.
I still need to get another spare inner tube and a chain tool.

I was just wondering what I need to fix a broken chain while out riding? If it happens.
Thats the Chain Tool I was going to buy, but what else would I need to fix my chain?
Its a GT Avalanche 1.0 2009 with a 9 Speed Cassett.



  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Take a powerlink with you as well, and a couple of spare chain links. All you need really.
  • Sah1990Sah1990 Posts: 49
    Powerlink's such as these; ... 30505#dtab

    Cant find spare chain links on Halfords or CR.
  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Yeah you won't find links - they are not essential - it's just a means of keeping the same length chain in the field - you'd only really have them as left overs from new chains.

    Powerlink - your LBS would be a good shot - just get the speed for you setup.
  • cavegiantcavegiant Posts: 1,546
    If you have chain snaps often the strongest chain out there (from the big three) is the KMC x9, I have not been able to snap their superlight, but snapped my last SRAM almost weekly.
    Don't get me started on weak as censored shimano....

    A powerlink is all you need, a chain tool will also help if you need to remove a mangled bit of chain.

    Snapping chains is quite rare unless you put power in while shifting or are a giant and like to ratchet.
    Why would I care about 150g of bike weight, I just ate 400g of cookies while reading this?
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