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    chain whip?

    do i really need a chain whip to remove my casette? could i simply use a lenght of old chain instead? is so, is there a special technique to this DIY method?
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    Yes, you can use an old chain to keep the cassette from spinning. Just "mount" it on the large cog and secure it. Standing on the other end works... so does clamping it in a vice.
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    Clamping the last link or two with a pair of vice grips makes a reasonably effective chainwhip. Beware that this could probably damage your cog where the vice grips hit the teeth. Real chainwhips have another little section of chain to transfer this force down to the saddles between the teeth. There is greater surface area down there and it also prevents the bar of the chainwhip from unexpectedly slipping off and in between two cogs on your cassette (which would probably bend the crap out of them).

    Clamping the cassette very carefully in a vice will probably also work, but again is not the healthiest thing to do to your cogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacG
    Clamping the cassette very carefully in a vice will probably also work, but again is not the healthiest thing to do to your cogs.
    Why would you do that? Ever? The homemade chain whip is far superior to this method. If you put on end of the chain in a vice and then use the other end to whip round the cogs, there should be no ill effect at all.
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    Old chain section & vice grips works for me.

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    If you plan on taking off the cassette often, it wouldn't be the worst investment to buy a real one, but as other people have noted vice grips and an old chain work fairly well. I think you can get one at Nashbar for $8.

    I used a home made one for quite some time, and it worked, but I sometimes had a harder time getting leverage than with a real one. I was also a little concerned about accidentally damaging the teeth of the cassette with the home made job. That would, of course, be a bigger deal if I could afford nice cassettes.

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    I made two of them from a piece of bar stock from home depo and an old chain. The bar stock was about 5 bucks. Just drill 3 holes in the bar stock, fix about 5-7 links loosely to the first two holes and a long legnth to the third.

    Having two is great because you can grab the cassette/freewheel while its still on the wheel.

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