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 Post subject: Essential chain tool
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 4:38 pm 
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I have to give chuckanado all the credit for this one.

On our Black Mountain ride a ways back, I was having chain issues. I use a quick-link chain connector to make the removal of the chain for routine maintenance simple. Of course any of you who have one know firsthand they can be a bit of a PIA to remove and even more fun on the trail.

I was using a rental bike for the ride and the chain broke. I just grabbed a quick link out of my pack, rethreaded the chain, linked it and off we went. No real problem until I heard a click-click-click-click as I pedaled. I had installed the chain wrong on the derailleur and it was threaded under a small tab in the cage rather than over it. Nice noob error on my part. After fiddling with the quick-link and failing to get it to release, Chuck showed me the following tool and now I don’t know how I could live without it. I have one at home and one in the pack.

Take a three inch section of a wire coat hanger and bend the ends to just past 90 degrees making hooks on either end.

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Hook it on either side of the quick-link and make sure you have a bit of slack.

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Remove the quick-link.

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Installation is the reverse order. It sure makes it easier than fighting with a chain on the trail!

You can thank Chuck next time you see him.

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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 6:22 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Essential chain tool
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 6:24 pm 
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Thanks for the props, but I'm pretty sure I read about this on some other bike forum or website somewhere - I just can't remember where. But, yeah, it makes life easier. It's even more handy if you're re-connecting a chain using a chain tool with regular links (no quick-link, PowerLink, etc.).

Just make sure you remember to take it off once you're done with the repair!


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 Post subject: Re: Essential chain tool
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 Post subject: Re: Essential chain tool
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 Post subject: Re: Essential chain tool
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Great idea!

I never seem to have problems getting those links open though....


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