A broken derailleur cable can occur without warning, leaving you with two options: Walk home or ride back in the hardest gear. However, there is a third, more desirable, option.
Use this hack to set up your bike as a single-speed—utilizing a more rideable gear—to get home and even continue your ride without hammering your legs.
Best Bike Hacks: How to Ride after
a Broken Derailleur Cable
Step 1: Identify broken cable.
Step 2: Loosen derailleur cable bolt.
Step 3: Remove cable from housing and shifter.
Step 4: Thread remaining cable into derailleur’s cable stop.
Step 5: Manually (by hand) move derailleur to position over desired smaller cog.
Step 6: Tighten derailleur cable bolt.
Step 7: Coil leftover cable so it does not dangle.
Step 8: Continue your ride with a single speed.