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    Tool(s) for chainging rear cassette

    Just wondering what tool(s) I need to remove and install a rear cassette cluster.
    Would something like this is all I need?

    http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-FR-5...3832582&sr=8-2

    Do I need a chain whip as well? Can I get away without one?
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    You don't absolutely need a chain whip, but you do need a means of holding the cassette from spinning backward while you turn the lockring. You can improvise a chainwhip with a section of old chain a and a lever bar, or if you have a large pair of pump (Channellock) pliers, you can wrap a few inches of chain around a sprocket to protect it, and holding it with the pliers.
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    Link didn't work for me.

    You'll need the compatible cassette tool and a chainwhip for cassette removal. Installation doesn't require a chainwhip.

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    You might be able to get by without a chain whip by using a thick rag/towel to grab the gears with your hand and hold them in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mondoman View Post
    You might be able to get by without a chain whip by using a thick rag/towel to grab the gears with your hand and hold them in place.
    If that works, the lockring was on too loose. Torque on the cassette lockring should be 20 to 35 foot-pounds, depending on brand ( http://parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=88 ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by |3iker View Post
    Would something like this is all I need?

    http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-FR-5...3832582&sr=8-2
    In all the discussion of chain whips (which I agree with - you either need one or need to finesse something similar), don't lose the idea that you need the proper tool to engage the cassette lockring. The FR5 you linked to works with most cassettes, but not Campy.

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    Making a chain whip is a piece of piss. You just need a length of plate (about 3mm thick) long enough to work as a lever, a bit of old chain, a drill and a chain tool.

    If the bit of plate is wide enough, you can also grind it down to the right size to go inside the cassette body to engage the slots in the double cup (left-hand thread, IIRC), allowing you to overhaul the internals.



    A nice trick is to pump the ratchet full of grease to make it almost silent. Works a treat if your pawl spring is strong enough.

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