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Old 05-15-11, 05:07 PM   #1
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Chain tools- who carries one?

I currently don't have one, but if I ever get around to acquiring a SS, I think that I should get one.
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Old 05-15-11, 05:21 PM   #2
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I keep one on me, along with a spare master link. It is a part of my multi-tool.

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I carry one, except if I switch bikes and forget to grab it, which increases the likelihood of having some sort of chain issue.

Mine is part of a multi-tool as well:



It's not as complete as the Park but it's adequate for most stuff. Along with a chain tool, it has a 5mm hex key for adjusting brakes and derailleurs. It also has a spoke wrench, and a standard screw driver which works on derailleur limit screws.

In addition I carry an emergency spoke kit and another mini-tool with more hex keys/screw drivers which I already had.

Note: An extra master link is a good thing to have too since it'll save you from having to run a chain that's too short.

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Old 05-15-11, 06:10 PM   #4
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I carry one though I've never used it on the road. I've used one at home because the chains come a bit too long and I take out two full links.

If I ever buy a new multitool I'll get one that has a chain tool, but I've been riding for the last 6 years with a $10 department store multitool and a $5 dept store chain tool which are separate. The $5 chain tool has worked fine for me when I've used it at home, IMO unless you're a mechanic and will use the thing a few hundred times, it's all most people would need.
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Old 05-15-11, 06:10 PM   #5
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the parktool IB3 has one but there is not many times that I had to use it =)
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Always carry a proper chain tool... the combination tool and spoke wrench one is quite nice
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The last two times I was on the trail I came upon a rider in need of a chain tool. So I bring my along from now on whenever I'm on the trail. Don't feel I need it on my daily commute to work cause its pretty much a non-issue. But I do carry some twist ties just in case.
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I carry one. I haven't even opened the package.
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I always carry a little cheapo one. Only used it once on the road, to fix some guys chain he had rejoined incorrectly at home with his chain tool he was not carrying.
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I just got one today. I bought it so I could get the old (and very rusty) chain off a $15 bike I want to rebuild. I assume I should get one (or more) master links because getting the pin back in the old chain was a Royal pain. I'm not going to use the old chain, I just don't like small parts floating around my shop unattended.
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I carry an old Ritchey CPR-14, which has a chain tool. It is my talisman to ward off chain failures. And a spare SRAM link.

I needed one, once, and had it with me, was glad I did, still carry it even though chain failure was a once in two decades experience.
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I keep one on me, along with a spare master link. It is a part of my multi-tool.

+1 I've got one of these for my main commuter and have a couple of the Park chaintools for my other bikes. Snapped a chain 50 miles out on a century a few years ago. Over 50 years cycling between the 2 of us and neither had a chaintool. Wont go to the end of my driveway w/o one now.
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I have the Park MTB3 tools on my MTB. For my commuter and roadie bike, I use a Spindoctor by Performance bicycle. I recall getting it on sale for a really low price something like under $15.

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I carry an old Ritchey CPR-14, which has a chain tool. It is my talisman to ward off chain failures. And a spare SRAM link.

I needed one, once, and had it with me, was glad I did, still carry it even though chain failure was a once in two decades experience.
Right on about the SRAM quick link. Definite ride saver. I have an Alien tool that has a chain tool too. But have not needed it ever. I'm afraid if I took it out of my road kit, I would need it...
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I carry one though I've never used it on the road. I've used one at home because the chains come a bit too long and I take out two full links.
I carry one just in case, and I actually had to use it once too. I was hammering up a steep hill, and shifted, resulting in chain suck, and a couple of very bent links. I was lucky that I had the chain tool and an extra piece of chain that day!
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i have one i use all the time.

don't carry it on the road though.

haven't needed one while riding in 30 years.

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My multitool has one too, but I don't know how to use it..
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I carry a Park CT-6, and have never used it for a road side emergency. I have, however, used it to change a worn chain during a four month tour. It's well made and folds beautifully, but is heavy as hell.

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I always carry a small chain tool on me plus few extra chain links.
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I have a Topeak multitool with chain breaker. I've only ever used it once, at home, when putting on a new chain. Every now and then I use my saddlebag tools for routine bike maintenance at home, just to make sure they work (and I know how to work with them) if/when needed on the road.

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My multitool has one too, but I don't know how to use it..
Same here. I've been meaning to learn, actually. I wish there were classes around here for bike maintenance... I'm not really good with online learning.
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getting the pin back in the old chain was a Royal pain
you're not supposed to push it all the way out.. it's best to actually leave it so it's like 90% of the way and then use pliers to get them apart.. makes it a lot easier to put the chain back together
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My multitools have chain tools, but I have never had to use them (two different bags depending on the day so two different multitools so I don't have to remember to move it back and forth). Wouldn't know how to use the chain tool if I needed to, although I'm sure I would figure it out if I was stuck on the side of the trail.
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Not during commute or errands in the neighborhood. On other, longer rides, yes.
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I have one on my multitool, and I have had to use it a couple times on my commute. Also used at home on occasion as well. Like others who have posted, I carry a Powerlink as well.
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