chain tool

Chain tools are impressive looking little pieces of engineering genius. Most chain tools consist of a bracket on which the chain lays across and is held in place, and a pin that is threaded in through the chain. This type of chain tool can be very compact and another perk is the ability to push the pin out of the chain far enough to break it without pushing the pin entirely out of the chain making reassembly of the chain a breeze. Some have better handles than others and many have replaceable pins. They often get ruined by hasty mechanics who try to break the chain before it is properly aligned in the bracket. What's the rush, people? The alternative tool is a large fast working wrench-type chain breaker that looks something like a tool for breaking chestnuts. The chain is aligned within the tool and a simple squeeze on the handle breaks the chain. This latter design is great for breaking but makes reassembly almost impossible as the pin is removed every time. Alternatives to chain breakers include hacksaws and angle grinders.

chain tool Tutorials

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Fix a Damaged MTB Chain

Breaking a chain is everyone's worst nightmare but in reality it only slows you down if you don't have the tools and know-how to repair it. This informational video shows you how to repair a...

Part chain
Tools chain tool
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Sizing and Installing a Mountain Bike Chain with Master Link

A mountain bike chain is the most important component of the drive train. It takes the bulk of the stress and should be changed regularly. As it’s used, it stretches. A chain wear indicator can...

Part chain
Tools chain tool
Company: KMC
Type: Repair Tutorial
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DIY How to Make a Bike Seat Lock

This is a DIY video on how to make a saddle chain lock.

This will help prevent anyone from taking your seat when your bike is locked up, and it is easy to make with a couple of spare parts...

Tools chain tool
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Install a SRAM Bike Chain

Chains are where you can get a lot of grit and just plain dirtiness accumulating so it’s something you should clean and maintain on a regular basis. If you need to install a chain, remember to get...

Company: SRAM
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Stop External Bottom Bracket Creaks and Remove Cranks

Taking off crank and eliminating creaks:

This video will deal with external bottom bracket styles. You will need a chain breaker, bottom bracket puller, 8mm allen, 4-5-6 mm allen, a...

Company: Park
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Install a Shimano Chain

Chains are where you can get a lot of grit and just plain dirtiness accumulating so it’s something you should clean and maintain on a regular basis. If you need to install a chain, remember to get...

Part chain
Company: Sunlite
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Bike Tools to Bring When You Ride

Local bike mechanic from Citizen Chain in San Francisco, Sasha, goes through the tools he carries with him when he rides.  

These...

Company: Lezyne
Type: Repair Tutorial

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