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Old 12-19-08, 08:03 PM   #1
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Park CT-7: Hot/Not Hot?

http://www.parktool.com/products/det...at=5&item=CT-7

I'm taking some links off of a new chain for my new build when my tool breaks.
It's the same chain tool i've had since i got my first BMX toolset years ago (my first ever, actually). Kinda bummed.

Anyway, i'm realizing my 3/32" tool isn't going to work without damaging the links.
I'm planning to call around Philly's shops to see what my options are. I'm leaning towards the Park Tools CT-7 as it's 1) Parks and 2) probably easy to come by.
Before i do, though, does anyone have experience with something they think is better? 1/8" obviously. I'm also looking to spend under $40.

Tia.
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Old 12-19-08, 08:06 PM   #2
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I used to use that and its 3/32" counterpart all the time at Bike Church. The tool is fine but if you don't know what you're doing, the pins will get bent and/or break.
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how about if you know what yr doing?
what then?
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I have the CT-7.. it is very nice, smooth.. does the job.
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Old 12-19-08, 09:00 PM   #7
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that looks obscenely expensive.
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Whooop. Reading comprehension.

What sort of chain is it that a CT 3 would damage the link? If it's a halflink chain throw it away because they're crap.
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no one said anything about a CT-3 or halflink chains.

reading comprehension indeed...
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how about if you know what yr doing?
what then?
then they are a well-made and well-working tool!
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Old 12-19-08, 10:26 PM   #11
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The baddest ass chain tool I've used was given to the shop by an old timer. It looked like a long-handled pair of pliers, with a nub for starting the pin and a longer "tooth" for pushing the pin further. No markings on it.
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Old 12-20-08, 06:57 PM   #12
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I just searched...that Topeak Droid is only like $30. So within the OP's price range...it looks pretty sweet too.

that park tool one is good too, i mean...it's a chainbreaker...it has one purpose.
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you shouldnt have any problem using a standard chain breaker. the one you linked is specifically designed for 3/16" bmx chain. it just happens to, like a standard chain tool, also work on 1/8" chains.
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that tool sucks
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The baddest ass chain tool I've used was given to the shop by an old timer. It looked like a long-handled pair of pliers, with a nub for starting the pin and a longer "tooth" for pushing the pin further. No markings on it.
that tool rocks, except it's very easy to push the whole pin out.
like the park tool one:
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you shouldnt have any problem using a standard chain breaker. the one you linked is specifically designed for 3/16" bmx chain. it just happens to, like a standard chain tool, also work on 1/8" chains.
going to go with "wrong" on this one.

i had three chain tools. only one of them worked on my 1/8" chains. it broke. now i have two. neither of them work on my track chains.
i went to the shop and got a tool specifically for bmx/track chains. now i have three. one of them works on my 1/8" chains. two of them don't.

oddly enough, the two that don't work on my track chains work on my road chains.
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I know you don't want to hear this, but I have tried a number of chain tools, expensive and not, and I stick confidently to my wal-mart special which I have had for years. the teeth that hold the chain broke off, but it works like a dream for me. I even threw on my winter 1/8 with it just fine. Still on the same pin too. $4.96 just saying.
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i hear you. i wound up getting a cheaper one for like twelve bucks because everyone was out of the ct-7.
seems sturdy so far.
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never had a problem with the park CT-5 on 3/32 or 1/8. on ebay for ~$10.

http://www.parktool.com/products/det...at=5&item=CT-5
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never had a problem with the park CT-5 on 3/32 or 1/8. on ebay for ~$10.

http://www.parktool.com/products/det...at=5&item=CT-5
CT-5 is what I use for all my chains. Works great, never had an issue with it.
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have it, use it, love it. simplicity is key
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CT-5 has been all I've needed...Works great with 3/32" as well as 1/8" chains...
The original pin is still holding strong after more than a decade of use...
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going to go with "wrong" on this one.

i had three chain tools. only one of them worked on my 1/8" chains. it broke. now i have two. neither of them work on my track chains.
i went to the shop and got a tool specifically for bmx/track chains. now i have three. one of them works on my 1/8" chains. two of them don't.

oddly enough, the two that don't work on my track chains work on my road chains.
maybe you were using it wrong. i have a ct-6 which ive used on road and track chains. it can be a pain in the ass with the track chains, but it works fine. ive also used a ****ty performance brand chain tool designed for 3/32" chain on a track chain, it worked fine as well.

in what way are these other two chain tools not working on track chain?
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