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Old 08-04-08, 03:50 PM   #1
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What is the best Chain Tool to buy?

I need to clean/fix/remove my chain (the bikes chain that is) and I want to do it myself but I want to make sure that I get a Tool to remove it. I looked around and I believe the tool is called a Chain Tool. So my question is....what is the best one according to thy knowledge and Why? Your answer is much appreciated.

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Old 08-04-08, 03:56 PM   #2
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I don't have vast experience, but Park Tool is a good brand. Everything I have bought from Park is well-made.

Personally, I have some chain replacing coming up, and I am going to try using my pricey Topeak Alien II multitool. I have never used a chain tool before, so I figure I may as well get used to the portable one, in case I ever need to use it on the road.
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Old 08-04-08, 04:11 PM   #3
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Here you go:

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...l.aspx?sc=FRGL

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Rohloff 3/32" Chain Rivet Tool Your Price: $160.94
Or you can spend $30 on a Park ct-3, or $15 on a ct-5. All will break a chain. I've got a $5 chain tool from nashbar that works, though I suspect someday it'll break, it's working fine now.
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Old 08-04-08, 04:34 PM   #4
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And then there's also the Campagnolo tool. http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=de...=30&SKU=TL9011

I'd get the Park CT-3. Just be sure the punch is long enough to knock the pin all the way out, and skinny enough to go through a 10-speed. chain.

When pushing the link pin out be careful to keep the tool's punch and the link pin lined up straight at all times.

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Old 08-04-08, 04:53 PM   #5
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I recommend the CT-5 minitool from Park. There are both removal and loosening shelves, and the metal is filleted at the edges.

Be wary of the cheaper chain tools - they can break from stress concentrations due to unfilleted edges.
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Park's CT-3 is pretty much an industry standard will last long enough to be an heirloom. The Campy or Rohloff chain tools mentioned above are excellent if cost is no object but are overkill.

BTW, the CT-3 has the "loosening" shelf too even though current chain makers are horrified if you use it.
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Old 08-04-08, 06:56 PM   #7
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Park CT-3 gets my vote. You can also get a new chain with a removable piece so you don't need a tool to remove it. Look up SRAM or Wipperman chains.
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i got a pedro's and its been good to me
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Also, I believe Park just made a newer, even better chain tool for twice as much. From looks, it just seems more ergonomic.

On the other hand, I have used a $3 Wal-Mart chain tool that worked with taken-care of chains. Then I tried to tackle a rusted chain and those things snapped like a crappy chopstick. I went through 2 of them before buying that Park beast.
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Park CT-3 gets my vote. You can also get a new chain with a removable piece so you don't need a tool to remove it. Look up SRAM or Wipperman chains.
One thing that you can be sure of, you will be able to get replacement drive pins for this tool into the next millenium ;-)))

Every now and then someone will badmouth the CT-3, but it's almost always because they assume that the tool will "self_center" on the link pins and they end up bending one. They are NOT self centering and you do have to take a few seconds and make sure you have it lined up. If you do this and crank slowly, a drive pin will last a very long time. I'll bet I've removed at least 500 link pins since the last time I replaced a drive pin in mine.

And, yes, you can use this tool on 10spd chains.
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Park CT-4 FTW.

CT-3 is obsolete.
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Park CT-4 FTW.

CT-3 is obsolete.

Not true. CT-4 is just a new tool. CT-3 is still available and it does not say anything about being "obsolete" on Park Tool's site.
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Not true. CT-4 is just a new tool. CT-3 is still available and it does not say anything about being "obsolete" on Park Tool's site.
The probably might even share the same pin, in case that was what the original commenter was talking about. It looks the same in the pics.
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The probably might even share the same pin, in case that was what the original commenter was talking about. It looks the same in the pics.
Nope. The new CT-4 uses a different replacement pin (Park #775). The CT1, CT2, CT3, CT5, and CT7 all use Park #CTP pin. That CTP pin has been around for a while ;-)
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To be honest, for what you need to do a cheap Spin Doctor Chain tool works just fine. I used the one that came with my Spin Doctor Kit today 3-4 times... worked like a charm. And you shouldn't be removing your chain enough to need one of those super-heavy duty chain tools.
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Of couse a titanium coated, italian leather grip, weight-balanced variety.

Me, I got the $5 variety, don't take my chain off often enuff to justify the "nice" kind.
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FWIW, I just validated my use (and previous purchase) of the Topeak Alien II. It worked like a charm to adjust the length of my new chain last night. It only takes a minute to use, so I'm glad I had that on hand rather than running out to purchase a Park variety that will see only a couple minutes of use per year.
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The "secret" to using any chain tool is to be sure the tool's pin and the chain's pin are lined up properly before applying any pressure. A few seconds care will assure the tool lasts a long time and the chain is shortened/removed/installed without damage.
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The "secret" to using any chain tool is to be sure the tool's pin and the chain's pin are lined up properly before applying any pressure. A few seconds care will assure the tool lasts a long time and the chain is shortened/removed/installed without damage.
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Not much magic mojo in chain tools. The cheaper Xmart variety will get you there but they have been known to break.

Think about where you will be using the tool. If at home only then get one of the bigger ones, they are easier to use. If you need one for the road, the best one I have seen is the Park CT-5. Of course the chain tools on the multi-tools will probably work just fine if that is what you have.
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A finishing nail and a rock. It will work on older chains.

But this may help. See the links.

http://www.parktool.com/repair/byreg...mageField2.y=5

This is cool

http://www.parktool.com/repair/
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