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Old 06-02-11, 08:16 AM
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Recommended chain breaker tool?

It seems the contemporary chain breaker/rivet tools don't stand up to those C&V chains. I just broke my relatively new VAR unit opening up a Raleigh Sports chain, and I picked up that one after finding my Park tool kept getting its pins bent. So, what's your chain tool of choice?

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I bought the Park CT-3 and, at the same time, bought three spare pins. I'm sure there are better chain tools out there, but my LBS owner uses one so I figured it was good enough for me.

I've become a fan of the Power Links on SRAM chains.
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Old 06-02-11, 08:21 AM
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I have the junk one from wal mart. 3/4 of the fins broke off already. I was eyeballing



But at 60 dollars.. I'm not breaking chains that often to warrant it.
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After breaking 3 wallyworld specials I bought the Avenir Pro Chain Tool:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...WK9GRNM6K71ADT

It's ok and much more pleasant to use, but i suspect the plastic ratchet will eventually bite it. If that happens I intend to use a regular 1/4" ratchet with it. One thing I do differently now is on basket case project bikes where I have no intention of reusing the chain, I use the angle grinder. Cuts through a rusty old chain like butter and no wear & tear on the good tool.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
I bought the Park CT-3
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I've become a fan of the Power Links on SRAM chains.
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I have this $4.23 Avenir tool and I've used it hundreds of times - yet to break the pin. (Knock on wood)

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I just have one of the Park mini tools. It's always worked fine for me, but then again I don't use it all that often.
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I've been using a little Park CT-5C for a few years now and haven't broken or bent the pin yet.

I'll concede that sometimes I wish I had something beefier, but this one's never failed me.
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I've been using the Part CT-2 for about 15 years and love it.


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on a related subject how do you put the pin back in if you pop it completely out?

I always pop my chain pins out so that the pin is still held in by one of the link's outer plates...if the pin comes completely out I usually just toss that link rather than go through the headache of pressing the pin back in
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox
...if the pin comes completely out I usually just toss that link rather than go through the headache of pressing the pin back in
I believe that is the best method. Cut your losses. Trying to put a pin back in can drive you effin' nuts.
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Have been using a couple of Park CT5's forever and have yet to damage either one... and they see nearly daily use.

The same tools at the co-op get beaten to death and most of this stems from operator error... the shop grade tools use the same pins so if you use them incorrectly you will mess up those pins just as easily as this is the weal link in the tool.

My CT5 is pretty old and think that this has something to do with it... Park's quality used to be much better.
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I have a Park CT-5 and had problems with it on my Sedisport chain. It was having a hard time fitting the chain for spreading the tight joint after putting the chain back together. I haven't broken it yet though. I still have a couple of the old style Cyclo tools (IIRC); those work fine on the Sedis chain.
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The local volunteer joint has a few of these Sunlites that work well.

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Originally Posted by auchencrow
I have this $4.23 Avenir tool and I've used it hundreds of times - yet to break the pin. (Knock on wood)

I've had this as well since the early 80's. Yes, I've broken those guides but still, 20+ years, I've only had 2 of them.
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I got mine from Ebay. It was listed as an old English brand I can't recall yet. Same model pops up time to time and I find that it works fine. Heavy, thick, and ugly but I think it signals a good tool.

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It's this, Cyclo Rivoli

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this looks like the Ravoli tools I got in the early '90s still use them, but with a cheater bar.

Originally Posted by auchencrow
I have this $4.23 Avenir tool and I've used it hundreds of times - yet to break the pin. (Knock on wood)

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I think I have a pedros and it's done its job very well. I've used a few of the really cheapo ones as well, and they simply suck. The pins break and the handles arent long enough to get any leverage on those really nasty old chains that we run into all the time on our C&V pieces of poop
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox
on a related subject how do you put the pin back in if you pop it completely out?

I always pop my chain pins out so that the pin is still held in by one of the link's outer plates...if the pin comes completely out I usually just toss that link rather than go through the headache of pressing the pin back in
Take the chain off, clamp the chain in a bench vice, with the offending link poking out. Get your channel locks, align the pin in the right hole, and then squeeze like hell. Retrieve pin from opposite side of workspace, try again. Repeat until the pin is in the outer part of the link.
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Neal,

I bought two of these Nashbar chain tools for Christmas, one for me and one for my nephew, and we are both convinced it is the best we have ever used. Relatively cheap at $13. Although I've noticed those who have rated it did not like it. I've probably used it 20-30 times with no issues.
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Originally Posted by -holiday76
I think I have a pedros and it's done its job very well. I've used a few of the really cheapo ones as well, and they simply suck. The pins break and the handles arent long enough to get any leverage on those really nasty old chains that we run into all the time on our C&V pieces of poop
My solution to nasty old chains is a little bigger than a chain tool...

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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox
on a related subject how do you put the pin back in if you pop it completely out?

I always pop my chain pins out so that the pin is still held in by one of the link's outer plates...if the pin comes completely out I usually just toss that link rather than go through the headache of pressing the pin back in
Luck? I had one pop out and after bending one set of outer plates put in the length of chain I had just removed, and was luckily able to get the pin back in that one. Such a pain!
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Park CT-5 here...works just fine.
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Been using the little one on my Topeak Alien 2 multi-tool and so far it's done a solid job. Probably worth getting a dedicated one, but for now, it's filling the role I need it for.
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