Best Chain Tool....

Discussion in 'Cycling Archive' started by Tosspot, May 13, 2015.

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    Tosspot Guest

    Just been down my LBS in search of a chain tool that will handle half
    link chains, no joy, *but* he uses one of these;

    http://bbbcycling.com/accessories/workshop-tools/BTL-55

    It's awesome! I had it in my mucky mits and it will be on order very soon.


    Previously he used one of these;

    http://www.xlc-parts.com/produkte_detail_en,4539,9358.html

    Which he highly reccomends because of the alignment pin. Since Halfords
    to one for 20 quid, I'll be picking that up tomorrow.

    Like torches, You can't have too many chain tools...
     
    Tosspot, May 13, 2015
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I've only ever used one type [1]
    http://simplybearings.co.uk/shop/product_detail.php?products_id=20027666
    but its limitations are starting to show. The adjustable anvil of more
    sophisticated designs is pretty much a necessity for modern chains,
    which require some luck as well as judgement with the Rivoli.
    So which to buy, I wonder ... maybe
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131504066773
    ;-)


    []1 I had a plier type tool in my workshop, but its use was often
    followed by tweaking with the Rivoli to get the link spaced correctly
    so I hardly bothered with it (although if I was spending all day fitting
    identical chains it would probably have seemed like a good idea).
     
    Rob Morley, May 14, 2015
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    Dennis Davis Guest

    ....

    Blimey, I've had one of those since the last millennium. It's
    definitely showing its age now. I've now got one of these for
    splitting chains:

    http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/park-tool-ct-32-chain-tool-5-11-speed-and-single-speed-chains-prod31299/

    I tend to use a quick link for joining sections of chain. It's much
    quicker than attempting a good job of joining sections of a modern
    narrow chain[1].

    I like Park tools. All the ones I've used seem very well made. So
    I'm currently thinking of getting one of these for my carry-around
    kit:

    http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/park-tool-ct-63-folding-chain-tool-with-peening-anvil-prod32052/

    [1] Of course, in the good ol' days, we always bought Reynolds
    chains for our five-speed bicycles. And carefully saved all the
    cut sections of chain. Eventually all the cut sections were
    joined and long enough for a "free" new chain! Those days ain't
    coming back :-(
     
    Dennis Davis, May 14, 2015
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    Tosspot Guest

    For occasional use they are fine, but the size makes them uncomfortable
    to use (also I don't have full movement on all fingers of right hand)
    and since I always seem to be fitting chains, a decent one is nice.

    I have the older park tool one, which is good, and a shimano one, which
    I didn't like, 3 or 4 cheapie ones, and unknown portable one I don't
    like either...you get the picture...
     
    Tosspot, May 14, 2015
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    Clive George Guest

    I used the Rivoli until I had a go with a Park CT-5. The Park was way
    easier to use, and is small enough to carry with me.
    Fortunately I don't have that many chains to fit :) I only ever push
    the pins out these days - snap links for the joining.
     
    Clive George, May 14, 2015
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    Sam Wilson Guest

    Renold chain? Different company from the 531 people.

    Sam
     
    Sam Wilson, May 14, 2015
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    Dennis Davis Guest

    Yup, you're right. I think I meant these people:

    http://www.renold.com/Company/CompanyInformation/History.asp

    I was obviously confused. Not too difficult :-(
     
    Dennis Davis, May 14, 2015
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    Sam Wilson Guest

    They're easy to confuse. I particularly remember the chain people
    because as a child we used to pass the rather striking (for the time)
    Renold Chain building near Manchester Airport.

    Sam
     
    Sam Wilson, May 15, 2015
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  9. For further confusion, add the Reynolds Metals Company (USAnia), and stir.
     
    Dave Larrington, May 15, 2015
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    Rob Morley Guest

    And Reynolds Composites, which although a USA manufacturer of carbon
    fibre parts is owned by Reynolds Technology Ltd. (formerly TI Reynolds
    531 Ltd.)
     
    Rob Morley, May 15, 2015
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