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22nd January 2013 #1
Quality Chain Tool?
I bought a cheap chain tool off eBay a while ago and it only managed to unlink and relink a chain twice before the pin broke off. It was cheap and obviously poor quality. I'm looking to buy a new one, and will also use the opportunity to purchase a quick link.
What chain tools do you use and recommend?
22nd January 2013 #2
Nathan I use the Park CT4.2 Master chain tool. It's a quality piece of kit with a replaceable pin. It's too big for a saddlebag so out on the road I carry a Lezyne Chain tool. It's smaller and does the job quite well.
22nd January 2013 #3
22nd January 2013 #4
Oh how I laugh when I look at my best chain tool. It cost £2 when I bought a selection of tools from Mike Dyason a few years ago. Supposedly good only for 8 speed chains, it works successfully on 9 and 10 speed links, has been dropped, soaked, used as a hammer, lost and found, trodden on, borrowed and returned and generally abused since about 2000. What a gem.
22nd January 2013 #5
Thanks for the replies.
Park seems to be the way to to go then! I'll invest in one.
23rd January 2013 #6
I'm with Mike....my modestly-priced and unbranded chain tool has been doing sterling service for years!
23rd January 2013 #7
I was seduced into buying a Campagnolo chain tool which like all their equipment is a triumph of engineering design and as it should be at the price is a joy to use, works perfectly with silky smooth precision and seemingly no effort. I'm sure it will survive the nuclear holocaust unscathed but is it worth 10 cheaper tools? The one on my Top Peak multi tool works adequately albeit with less grace.It's not your destination that counts, it is the glory of the ride. (apologies to Edward Monkton)
23rd January 2013 #8
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i think the trick with these tools is getting everything in line. to that end i have recently bought a chain tool made by tacx. not expensive but it is designed to hold the links in a way that makes it difficult for the tool to be out of line. i have not used it yet, but im hoping it makes the job easier than with its predecessors. i think i bought it from parker international who also sell park and campag tools so you can compare on their site perhaps?
23rd January 2013 #9
I dont know the make of my chain tool Ive had it since the early 70's and it works with everthing up to 10 speed not used it on any 11 speed stuff yet
24th January 2013 #10
I had a chain tool for years that was cheap but functional every thing was great till my son used it to shorten his moped chain
will look at the park tools and then prob buy something cheaper