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Old 06-18-09, 08:55 AM   #1
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Hozan Lock Ring Pliers

Anyone know of a retailer in Toronto that carries the Hozan Lock Ring Pliers for removing the lock ring on older bottom brackets? I went to four different shops yesterday, they didn't carry ANY lock ring tools at all.

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Old 06-18-09, 08:58 AM   #2
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I always use this one. (Hozan C-205)
With that you're less likely to chew up the outside of the cup. They're like $30-35 from various places on the 'net.

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My advice is to buy a double ended hook spanner. Pliers work well if the slots are 180 degrees apart. They dont work so well if a lock ring has 3 or 6 slots.

I've been very happy with mine...

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Great minds think alike, Jim.

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Yep - I use the Hozan double-spanners, too. Bought 'em back in 1984. Cost me around $14.
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I always use this one. (Hozan C-205)
With that you're less likely to chew up the outside of the cup. They're like $30-35 from various places on the 'net.

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I have this one, too, and love it. I got mine from Harris Cyclery--they machine the inside of the hooks smooth for a better grip.
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Right, I read that they are prone to slippage - that's why I thought the plier was better. I suppose I'll look for the simple spanner. Need to get these projects finished!
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I have the pliers, and they get the job done nicely (for me).
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Anyone know of a retailer in Toronto that carries the Hozan Lock Ring Pliers for removing the lock ring on older bottom brackets? I went to four different shops yesterday, they didn't carry ANY lock ring tools at all.

Hozan C-203
That tool is primarily meant as a headset pliers, although it will work to some degree on bb lock rings. I have one, but for bb lock rings, I prefer the Stein lockring pliers. It's basically a modified vise grip.
Any bike shop can order the tool directly from Stein or through United Bicycle Supply. They are also a source for the Hozan tool.
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I like the VAR lockring pliers. I suppose they won't work well on a three notch lockring, but I've never encountered one.
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seems like park used to sell a lock ring plier. I really liked using them for the security. All I have now is a spanner, it works ok, but you have to be careful. I can't believe two of you have spanner pics ready to post.
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