Chainbreaker was published by Shelley Jackson of New Orleans, LA with #4 as the last issue of the zine. An Anthology book of all four issues and 131 pages of new material was published by Microcosm Publishing entitled The Chainbreaker Bike Book: A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenance in 2007.
Future issues were not released due to Hurricane Katrina destroyed all originals and materials for zine-making. Shelley quickly lost momentum and did not have copies of her own zine for a period.
Chainbreaker focuses on bike culture, tricks, repairs, and the general love of bicycles. Shelley worked as a bike mechanic in NOLA for several years at French Quarter Bicycles and Plan B. Issues have given readers tips on fixing flats as well as general maintenance of one's ride. There is also information about the Plan B bike project in New Orleans which is run by volunteers and open to the public. Shelley discusses her experiences with being a woman cyclist as well as a bike mechanic and the harassment that goes along with both.
Ethan Clark was also a heavy contributor to each issue detailing his bike exploits across the world, frequently in comic format.
Shelley also published New Orleans...My Love which was about her experiences in Post-Katrina New Orleans and A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenance which is a user friendly diy guide to fixing your bicycle.
Chainbreaker is one of the twenty zines featured in the book Stories Care Forgot: An Anthology of New Orleans Zines, edited by Ethan Clark, with an introduction by John Gerken, published by Last Gasp in 2006. The book reproduces work from the zines and also included individual editors' experiences of Hurricane Katrina. Proceeds from the sale of the book went to grass roots groups working in New Orleans. cell phone number lookup