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Old 05-05-20, 08:29 PM
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Need New Chain for late '80s Schwinn Le Tour

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Just acquired a very nice but chainless Schwinn Le Tour. I've never replaced a chain before so I'm not entirely sure how to go about choosing the right one. The Q&A section for this Schwinn replacement chain on Amazon seems to indicate it would work.
https://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-SW752...ZDK?th=1&psc=1
Can anybody confirm and/or point me in the right direction if need be? Bike is a 12-speed 52/40 up front and 14/28 in back. Also, a recommendation for a low-budget chain breaking tool would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all!
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Based on description, the chain you linked will work fine. Basic 3/32" chain. (Even though the pic shows a 1/8" chain with master link.) lol
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The chain you buy will probably be too long, so you will have to cut to length with the chain breaker.
Here's a good video on how to size a chain. https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair...-length-sizing
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The KMC Z-51 chain is my go-to for 70ís-80ís bikes. Itís especially good at making the mix-&-match drivetrains you tend to find on old used bikes play nicely.

It might be the right size for the bike already; wide-range freewheel, full-size 52/42 cranks, and if itís got long chain stays, itíll need a lot of chain.

The KMC should come with a (reusable) quick link, so the chain tool wonít get a whole lot of use. Donít get the cheapest one, but you donít need professional grade, either.
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Originally Posted by Ironfish653 View Post
The KMC Z-51 chain is my go-to for 70ís-80ís bikes. Itís especially good at making the mix-&-match drivetrains you tend to find on old used bikes play nicely.

It might be the right size for the bike already; wide-range freewheel, full-size 52/42 cranks, and if itís got long chain stays, itíll need a lot of chain.

The KMC should come with a (reusable) quick link, so the chain tool wonít get a whole lot of use. Donít get the cheapest one, but you donít need professional grade, either.
Is this the chain?
https://www.amazon.com/KMC-Bicycle-C.../dp/B000AOA3PS
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ANY 6-7-8 speed chain will be fine
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Yep, thatíll do.
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I like the Sram PC830 chain, which is for 6-8 speeds. Cheap, yes, but quiet and smooth. I get 5000 miles approximately with regular cleaning. You may want to check out YouTube if you haven't replaced a chain before. I would go to Park Tool as recommended. There are a lot of good and fun channels out there.
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Thanks all for the tips. Been browsing the chain breaker tools on Amazon and seems like all the low to mid price ones have reviews saying they broke on first use, etc. Even though I might not need one to replace this chain, still wanted to get one so I can remove the old chains from a couple other old bikes and replace them. Anybody have any personal experience with a lower-end tool? Park Tools all seemed rather pricey...
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I have this Park chain tool: https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-CT-...8997791&sr=8-5
and I use it in my home shop. I've had this tool for at least 15 years, and and maybe used it 25 times.

Yes, Park Tools are on the pricey side, especially their professional line. One thing good about Park (in addition to their website and instructional videos) is they sell parts for their tools and accessories, in case a part wears out or breaks. For example, I have one of their lower cost floor pumps (PFP-3, I believe) and have had it for 15 years. The valve head sometimes sticks (won't automatically change between Presta and Shrader)and doesn't seal well at higher pressures. But, for $2.99, I can get a new pump head unit and the pump will be good as new!
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Another vote on the Park CT-5. Ive had mine for 5 years, breaks or connect chains about 5-10 times a year. Never had a failure.
Before I got a Crankbrothers M17 multitool with chaintool, I even brought the CT-5 on tours. Good investment.
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