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Old 11-08-05, 01:17 AM   #1
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Stein Mini Cassette Lock Tool

Anybody ever use one of these cassette tools ?

I just got mine from Harris Cyclery. Expensive little bugger but I was suprised how small and light it is.
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Old 11-08-05, 08:19 AM   #2
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Yep, got one. It's a good idea to have a bit of a practise before having to use it out on the road as it's not immediately obvious. Oh yes, watch the old paintwork.
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I've got the Next Best Thing 2 (click "Hard to finds"). Works well, small and lightweight. I think it's also easier to use than the lockring tool - chain whip combo.

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I thought I could use it in place of my regular lockring remover/chain whip tool...but really, the Stein tool should only be used as a backup emergency tool. I stripped some of the splines off the tool and scratched my paint trying to take off a frozen cassette. Make sure your lockring isn't on too tight before you go on tour!
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I thought I could use it in place of my regular lockring remover/chain whip tool...but really, the Stein tool should only be used as a backup emergency tool. I stripped some of the splines off the tool and scratched my paint trying to take off a frozen cassette. Make sure your lockring isn't on too tight before you go on tour!
Or that you aren't dealing with a freewheel and turn the stupid wheel the wrong way You can really get a lock ring on tight with one of those.
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I used the Stein tool along with fibrespox on my summer tour. I did one road side repair with the Stein tool, my second time using it. Its a bit messy on the side of the road but it did the trick. The entire job took about an hour to unload the bike, remove the cassette and replace the spoke and then put everything back together. As i said its a bit messy but i feel its better than carrying the other tools.

I used the fibrespox when i was too lazy to fix things properly right away, did a fast job on the side of the road and used the Stein tool at camp.

just about every other touring cyclist i saw thought the tool was pretty cool , even a few of the bike shops were impressed with it. Yes, I think I showed it to everyone that would let me.

Two concerns i had with it:
a) A few small peices that could be lost easily, so i was very careful whenever i used it.
b) when locking the cassette back on, how tight is tight enough/too tight?

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Two concerns i had with it:
a) A few small peices that could be lost easily, so i was very careful whenever i used it.
b) when locking the cassette back on, how tight is tight enough/too tight?

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When working at home, I always tighten the lock ring on so that it makes no more than 3 clicks (listen carefully you'll hear them), usually less. It doesn't do much other then hold the cassette in place so it doesn't need to be too tight. And I know how tight is too tight
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When working at home, I always tighten the lock ring on so that it makes no more than 3 clicks (listen carefully you'll hear them), usually less. It doesn't do much other then hold the cassette in place so it doesn't need to be too tight. And I know how tight is too tight

Ouch, in that case I went way too tight, many more clicks. Nothing bad has happened yet, I am keeping my fingers crossed.
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Ouch, in that case I went way too tight, many more clicks. Nothing bad has happened yet, I am keeping my fingers crossed.
Getting it on too tight won't hurt anything but it will make it almost impossible to get off in the field. When you have a chance remove the lockring, put it on snug (not too tight) and see if you can remove it with the tool. If not, loosen it a little and try again.
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