Portable chain tool

by stem   July 16, 2014  

Had a bit of a mishap this weekend which left me stranded, and I thought it would make sense not to get caught in the same position again so bought a multi-tool with chain breaker (Lezyne SV10) and some power links.

The trouble with the chain breaker on the multi-tool is that I can't get it to work on anything other than the link pin on my Shimano 105 10-speed chain. I can't see this being useful unless I carry a spare chain around!

Are other brands of chain more easily broken? If not are there any portable chain-breakers you would recommend?

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It's not the sexiest looking tool out there, but the Topeak is pretty good. I think you get a bit more leverage from the grip than with other portable chain tools. I would personally avoid the Park Tools portable tool, I had one cross thread on me in use.

posted by FMOAB [259 posts]
17th July 2014 - 11:11

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posted by stem [25 posts]
17th July 2014 - 11:31

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I've got the same multi tool and never had a problem with it either on my bike (SRAM chains, 9spd) or a range of other people's chains. I find the trick is to hold the multi tool at 90 degrees to the chain breaker as this gives you a bit more leverage than if you hold it straight.

posted by pirnie [217 posts]
17th July 2014 - 12:30

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The Park Tools mini chain brute works well, and is tiny. If it can deal with XT MTB chains without issues, you should do fine.

posted by jacknorell [908 posts]
17th July 2014 - 12:41

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The one I have is an earlier version of the Universal Chain Tool, less bits to lose Smile

posted by FMOAB [259 posts]
17th July 2014 - 13:12

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pirnie wrote:
I've got the same multi tool and never had a problem with it either on my bike (SRAM chains, 9spd) or a range of other people's chains. I find the trick is to hold the multi tool at 90 degrees to the chain breaker as this gives you a bit more leverage than if you hold it straight.

Worked it out! The tolerance on where the link it sitting is basically 0.1 gnatt's chuffs, so being super carefull witht the seating seems to have work. Also I wrapped both hands in a towell to aid traction/reduce pain. Hopefully arm/leg warmers and mitts will suffice when on the roadside. Or I could carry a bar towel around with me...

Cheers all

posted by stem [25 posts]
17th July 2014 - 14:11

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