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    Chain Breaker

    i was wondering if there was a good way to break my chain without a chainbreaker?
    household items, of course.

    thanks

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    seriously please help!

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    i dont think there is anything. local bike shop? friends? come on, if your in philly there's gotta be something/one nearby


    or,
    you could use a hacksaw

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    It's not urgent, obviously, so go get yourself a chain breaking tool. They range from ultra-cheap crap $5 things, or something more sturdy/decent from the likes of Axiom or the good folks at Park Tool.

    Unless you don't intend to use the chain again, using anything other than a chain breaker will probably end up in tears. If you don't plan on using the chain again, use anything to break the **** out of it.

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    I used to break motorcycle chains with an angle grinder - it was a one way street though. You could try a pin punch and hammer, but you'd go mad trying to hold everything in place. This is one job where a walk to the lbs might save more time than trying to do it without the right tool.

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    thanks alot.
    no its not urgent, and im technically in the *coughcough* suburbs of Philly.

    theres a guy around the corner who def. has one, but he's not home.
    no matter, i'll wait.
    thanks for the help!

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    In a really bad pinch:

    Cut a small bolt or nail flat. (must be smaller than chain pin).

    Pound a tiny hole in a chunk of flat wood.

    Place chain over wood and gently tap out pin a tiny bit with hammer and bolt/nain.

    Now that one side is sticking out a little bit, place over the little hole in the wood and tap a little more, if you are really, really careful, you can pound out just enough that the pin is still in the back plate and able to work the thing loose.

    If the pin is still attached to the link, you can then put the chain back together with a couple taps with your hammer.

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    I once re pinned a chain with a firehose gasket that I found on the side of the road. It lasted for about 2 miles. Other than that, I have no idea.

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    I bought a chain tool at Walmart, for $3.27. Works like a charm.

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    hammer and nails.

    just get a chain tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GestapoTactics View Post
    i was wondering if there was a good way to break my chain without a chainbreaker?
    Really?! Like, REALLY?!. Worst. Idea. Ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeybikebike View Post
    Really?! Like, REALLY?!. Worst. Idea. Ever.
    So true, might as well buy a brand new chain from the get go. You're going to ruin the current one anyways.

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    Do you still need one? If you're in Delaware county I'll loan you it tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAG410 View Post
    I bought a chain tool at Walmart, for $3.27. Works like a charm.
    Just don't rely on it when you are out miles from help... those things break like crazy. Busted two of them in ~4 uses, crappy Chinese pot-metal.

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    If you want to be able to put it back together: A chain tool.

    If that doesn't matter: Anything else.

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