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Hi all, new to the site and to bike maintenance in general, so forgive me if this is a novice question. I was riding my bike around town earlier today when the chain slipped off of the back gear. Now it has two "knots" in it where it curves back in on itself, and I have no idea how to get it back to normal. Any advice or techniques you guys can offer me will be much appreciated.

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#2
If the chain never came off the bike, it is just a matter of playing with it until you get it untangled. If it is really tight and hard to untangle, you may want to remove the chain and then straighten it out, but that should be your last result. I have never seen a chain that can't be untangled while still on the bike.

If you need to remove your chain, you will need to look at it carefully. Some chains have quick-connect master links that allow you to remove the chain without a chain tool. If your chain does not have a quick-connect master link, then you will need a chain tool to remove the chain.

BTW, your photo links are broken.
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Oh, sorry about the broken image links. And you were right, I just had to keep fiddling with it and just logically thinking which way to turn it next to get the next "knot" out. It was like a bar puzzle that leaves your hands black and greasy. Thanks for the advice, friend!
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