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Cheap Chain Tool

edited January 2011 in The bottom bracket
Bought a bargain £7.50 chain tool. Happy days.

Broke cheap chain tool, destroyed expensive chain, need new chain tool and chain.

Lesson learnt.


  • When I read the title the first thing I thought was " Do not buy a cheap chain tool" .
  • ceecee Posts: 4,553
    i did the same once...

    never again.
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  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    Can't you just put a SRAM or KMC link in the chain to replace the one you damaged?
    More problems but still living....
  • amaferanga wrote:
    Can't you just put a SRAM or KMC link in the chain to replace the one you damaged?

    'tis the plan actually. Hoping my lesson has only cost me a couple of quid for the sram link and £7.50 wasted on a crappy chain tool.
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    Not sure my Tesco value one (yes really) cost that much. Works fine.
  • OlliedaOllieda Posts: 1,010
    I paid £3 on ebay (including delivery) about two years ago, never had a problem with it
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    Have used cheap ones in the past, but I've been using a Park chain tool for years now........... lesson learned !
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  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Beware of those made from cheap cast metal. I broke mine whilst attempting to repair a snapped chain miles from home in below freezing conditions, the casting snapped in half! I think the low temperature made it brittle.

    Just bought a Topeak one, seems a lot better. - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
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  • verylonglegsverylonglegs Posts: 3,699
    Buy cheap, buy twice.
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