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    best chain tool?

    Seems like there are a lot of options. I had a cheap one from wally world that broke when i tried to use it (and the pin barely moved on a new chain). any suggestions?

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    It's hard to go wrong with a Park tool. But which every brand you buy, get one with a replaceable pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    It's hard to go wrong with a Park tool. But which every brand you buy, get one with a replaceable pin.
    Yep!
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    Ditto!

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    mm: Whichever kind you get make sure you grease the screw threads; it will be easier on the threads and your hands. Also recommend that you get a chain which has a master link so you will only need the chain tool once to cut the chain to length.

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    Park CT-3 as recommended above.

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    I'm fond of the Topeak chain tool for in the seatbag. Mine is closest to the Universal, but not as fancy.

    Park CT-3 is great for home use. But, Park's CT-5C is pretty awful for travel use, IMO.
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    If your work on a lot of chains, a pliers tool is better than a screw type tool.

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    I was impressed with "giant" brand, good price, good tool. easy to tell when the pin is free but not popped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    Park CT-3 as recommended above.
    That's what I use and recommend. I have used some of the cheaper, crappier chain tools in the past. That was a mistake. The three tools if you do a fair amount of wrenching that need to be high quality: chain tool, cable cutter, and work stand (OK, add to that list if you work on old vintage road bikes a good bb toolset, like the Sugino set). Everything else is up to you. For instance, I have quite a few Sette cone wrenches (Pricepoint.com), bought on sale for 99 cents to 1.99 each.

    Now if you are just removing a rusty chain that you are going to toss, use bolt cutters instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycocross View Post
    I was impressed with "giant" brand, good price, good tool. easy to tell when the pin is free but not popped.
    That's not an advantage unless you are working on a lot of vintage (6-speed and prior) chains. For all current chains, you want to completely remove the pin and replace it with a specific joining pin or a master link.

    BTW, my early Park CT-3 came with a C-clip on the screw press that limited it's travel so it wouldn't completely remove a pin. It was the first thing I removed.

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    It's a great advantage when your crappy over-priced sram's masterlink flies apart and you can't find half of it and you need to join your chain in the middle of a mountain range.
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    Park CT-3 for use at home or shop (especially with Shimano chains, IME). CT-5 for trail -- the CT-3 is a heavy bugger.

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    Best , again, ...
    the others mentioned work OK, though Rohloff's puts an Impression
    in the end of the pin
    to re rivet it again.. to reduce the possibility of it coming apart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycocross View Post
    It's a great advantage when your crappy over-priced sram's masterlink flies apart and you can't find half of it and you need to join your chain in the middle of a mountain range.
    If that happens, you can take the time to slowly and carefully partially push out a pin about 1/4 turn at a time so you can rejoin the chain with it. I hope that's a rare occurance and not the routine use for your chain tool.

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    Hillrider have you even looked at the Giant brand tool or do you just like to argue? BTW I didn't start this thread and certainly don't need your chain advice, thanks anyway. I was answering ANOTHER person's question. But great advice on how to destroy your tools
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    i use park ct 3. as stated above if the chain is headed to scrap then i attack with bolt cutters. quick and easy

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    In the US, Park Tool is well distributed, never seen the Giant brand.
    they are not picked up, and inventoried,
    by any distributors that supply bike shops around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycocross View Post
    Hillrider have you even looked at the Giant brand tool or do you just like to argue? BTW I didn't start this thread and certainly don't need your chain advice, thanks anyway. I was answering ANOTHER person's question. But great advice on how to destroy your tools
    As fietsbob noted Giant brand tools are not readily available here so I've never seen one. I wasn't agruing, just pointing out that what you describe as an advantage of the Giant isn't really one. And no, I didn't destroy my chain tool or my chain. Both continue to work well and have for many years. Buy and do what you want.

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    I've never seen Giant branded tools in the US either. Can you post a link to a site that sells them? I am always looking for better tools, and am not married to Park or any other specific brand. My three favorite tools are all from different companies: a Park chain tool, a Shimano cable tool, and a Sugino bb tool.

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    I've never seen Giant tools, either. The Giant shops are kinda out of my way so never venture there.

    Here's the link for it on Giant's website, though.

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...ool/556/38742/

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    Forget buying an expensive chain tool and buy a chain with a bullseye pin. http://share.ovi.com/media/currentre...resident.10383 these are much easier to work with. Other types of pins deflect the chain tool to the side creating friction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Ramsey View Post
    Forget buying an expensive chain tool and buy a chain with a bullseye pin. http://share.ovi.com/media/currentre...resident.10383 these are much easier to work with. Other types of pins deflect the chain tool to the side creating friction.
    That's new to me but the web site has a comment that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement; "The hollow pin is lighter but will fail at the pin." Actually, I've never had any problems using my Park CT-3 or even the cheap Cyclo Rivoli chain tool I had when I first started working on bikes. I've worked on chains from Sedis, Regina, Shimano, Wippermann and SRAM so I don't see it as a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    I've never seen Giant branded tools in the US either. Can you post a link to a site that sells them? I am always looking for better tools, and am not married to Park or any other specific brand. My three favorite tools are all from different companies: a Park chain tool, a Shimano cable tool, and a Sugino bb tool.
    The LBS that I go to has a Giant branded torque wrench. But that's about the only shop that I've seen with any Giant branded tools and that's the only tool that I've seen that's Giant branded.
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    I have been using a couple of CT5 tools for as long as I can remember and they have stood up to hundreds of chains and can't recall ever having to replace a pin (although I keep spares just in case).

    I keep one of them hung on my shop apron all the time.

    These are pretty old Park models so perhaps it is another one of those things they used to make better... we have these as well as a CT3 and CT7 at the co-op and because these are commonly used shop tools we replace a lot of pins due to user error.

    I another person who is not tied to Park Tools and will use what I consider to be the best product at the best price and if you want my Sugino cone wrenches you will have to pry them from my cold dead hands.

    Park cone wrenches are made of cheese.

    My cable and housing cutter was made by Snap On... it is probably the best cable cutter I have ever used.

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