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    trackheads tool

    anyone familiar with this tool?


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    combination chain whip and lockring spanner.
    plus what looks like a pedal wrench

    never owned one, but heard good things
    Almost is only for horseshoes and hand grenades.

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    edit,
    just looked at the link,
    it does pedals and track nuts
    nice
    Almost is only for horseshoes and hand grenades.

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    What about this one.... EAI Kerin tool!
    $120(ouch!)
    http://harriscyclery.net/site/itemdetails.cfm?ID=1409

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexi
    anyone familiar with this tool?

    honestly, i wouldn't use a wrench like that on track nuts. get a proper 6-point wrench.
    every scar has a story

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    ooooooh
    i like the chainless whip idea,
    thats slick, and no flex.
    if only i could spend 120 on a track tool
    Almost is only for horseshoes and hand grenades.

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    I believe this is an old VAR tool. No longer made, although they show up from time to time. It has a lockring pick on the end with the cog chain wrap, and the other end has both hub nut and pedal threads. It was stamped metal and not very good on your pedals, and the pick didn't grab lockrings very well.

    The one from EAI is limited because it doesn't connect properly on a reasonably wide range of cogs. It can scrape up a steel cog if you're not careful and if you use an aluminum cog, it can shear the point right off. The rest is an OK casting but not great. Personally, when I'm doing mechanic at the track, I have a stubby SnapOn ratchet with the appropriate socket that works just great. And I have a pair of VAR lockring pliers (from www.businesscycles.com) that is the best way to handle lockrings -- it works on the toughest ring and on all the weird ones that other wrenches don't fit. The lockring pliers are thin enough that you can usually get the lockring off without taking the wheel off the frame; then kick the pedal hard with a backpedal and let the bike chain loosen the cog. There's also those Park pin tools that are not much more than a piece of bent wire -- they work really well for all but the worst lockrings and are the best for a messenger bag repair. I did find a neat thin chain tool that slides into a piece of 1-1/4" PVC pipe; with a glued-on PVC cap on the bottom and a loop on the top to hang on a belt or keep it upright in a tool bag, it keeps oil from cogs from getting on other stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonFixed
    What about this one.... EAI Kerin tool!
    $120(ouch!)
    http://harriscyclery.net/site/itemdetails.cfm?ID=1409
    a buddy of mine has one of these... only worth it for the geek value...

    and the "whip" part won't fit anything bigger than a 16 tooth...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gally99
    a buddy of mine has one of these... only worth it for the geek value...

    and the "whip" part won't fit anything bigger than a 16 tooth...
    I have one too, for most track racing applications a 16 is as big as anyone uses so they work well. But, yes, it is a lot of $ but it's a cool tool, works fantastic and weighs a ton, it is super heavy and durable. If only it opened beer bottles too

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    i had no problem opening beer with the lockring part...

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    problem solved, I'll give it a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonFixed
    What about this one.... EAI Kerin tool!
    $120(ouch!)
    http://harriscyclery.net/site/itemdetails.cfm?ID=1409

    Nice! But wtf? For a tool?
    "I can't go on, I'll go on..." —S. Beckett

    "Ta det lungnt." —Dungen

    blah blah blah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexi
    anyone familiar with this tool?

    So has anyone tried it? I need a lockring tool for my Dura Ace lockring and this could do double duty for pedals too. Don't care about the whip, I already have a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldskoolboarder
    So has anyone tried it? I need a lockring tool for my Dura Ace lockring and this could do double duty for pedals too. Don't care about the whip, I already have a good one.
    I have it.
    it was only 12 bucks and it works just fine as a travel wrench, but the handle isn't long enough for it to be used full-time tool. it's good for securing and removing new cogs and lockrings but it sucks for removing (pre)existing ones/stuck lockrings. that little nib combined with the shorter handle just didn't give me enough leverage without slipping.
    that is all.
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    i have this jethro tool by surly. Fits on my keyring and is quick easy access when i need to change a flat, tension or take my front wheel off, plus, it's got a handy beer opener on the other side. Yay.

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    gotta love tools that include bottle openers.
    i think pedro's actually makes a tool called the beverage wrench.
    what has bicycling come to...
    bikes=beer?
    or
    what they should do, is make a beer opener+ pie cutter.
    every fixie's dream tool
    Almost is only for horseshoes and hand grenades.

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    I have a Dura-Ace combined chain whip and lockring tool which works well.
    It has a spring holding the end if the chain on the chain whip that makes it really easy to use.

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