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Tool lust...

Post by jam bo » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:14 pm

I’m a sucker for a well designed tool and flush from a PPI payout I just ordered one of these off the back of the bikepacking review. Surprisingly reasonable $5 international postage too.

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http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/wolf-to ... bo-pliers/

Anyone else a fool for a well designed tool...

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:37 pm

I like that. Looks well thought out and not complicated for the sake of it or to simply appear clever.
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Re: Tool lust...

Post by voodoo_simon » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:45 pm

Saw that earlier today and it’s very tempting. Will wait until pat day...

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by firestarter » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:49 pm


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Re: Tool lust...

Post by jam bo » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:49 pm

I needed a set of link pliers anyway, 10 spd ones I could just about do with my fingers but 11spd ones are even harder.

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by ScotRoutes » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:44 pm

Nice.

I could have done with that last night when one of our group managed to snap his mech hanger. Luckily I had spare 9-speed link and managed to get him single-speeded.

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by whitestone » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:04 pm

I saw the review this afternoon and thought it looked like a well thought out piece of kit.
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Re: Tool lust...

Post by voodoo_simon » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:15 pm

Sold out in black already :shock:

edit pedal addiction in the UK are showing stock, but they're also showing as having 99 black/green in stock, so I doubt its live stock

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by polarcherry » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:38 pm

Nice and $5 postage is great if you don't get hit for £8 + vat customs

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by BigdummySteve » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:51 pm

Oooo that’s nice, although I have a nice pair of KMC link pliers I wouldn’t take them out.

I did read a tip that you could open quick links by threading a shoelace through the link and pulling in opposite directions, never tried it though.
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Re: Tool lust...

Post by bearlymoving » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:06 am

BigdummySteve wrote:I did read a tip that you could open quick links by threading a shoelace through the link and pulling in opposite directions, never tried it though.
Seems to work: https://youtu.be/z4aHi7jxY2I?t=40s

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by BigdummySteve » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:09 am

Couldn’t help myself :-bd
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Re: Tool lust...

Post by BigdummySteve » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:19 am

jam bo wrote: Anyone else a fool for a well designed tool...
It would appear so :-bd
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Re: Tool lust...

Post by mat_swan » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:50 am

I did read a tip that you could open quick links...
If needed- put quick link on chainring, move one side of the quick link over one tooth so the quick link sticks out making a triangle, then hit sticking out roller in the direction of the quick link with a multi tool/hammer/rock depending on desperation. I have used all three options and they all work assuming you can find the right shaped rock.

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by ScotRoutes » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:04 am

mat_swan wrote:
I did read a tip that you could open quick links...
If needed- put quick link on chainring, move one side of the quick link over one tooth so the quick link sticks out making a triangle, then hit sticking out roller in the direction of the quick link with a multi tool/hammer/rock depending on desperation. I have used all three options and they all work assuming you can find the right shaped rock.
The bike last night had one of those chainring-mounted trouser protector rings on so that standby didn't work.

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by Moder-dye » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:31 am

Am I missing something for needing this on the trail? Why would you need to open a split link on the trial?

If the chain snapped you'd just be putting in a new split link wouldn't you? And possibly be better with a chain link extractor to remove and damaged links?

The only time I've needed to split the chain is when swapping one or putting a new one on.

Carry a chain link extractor anyway and split links for any issue on the trail. And that's been needed twice when my chain snapped.

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by Dave Barter » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:39 am

Am I missing something for needing this on the trail? Why would you need to open a split link on the trial?
Possibly. I've had many a long swearing session on the trail trying to get split links off. Especially when cold or the chain is covered in poor show. I've had to do this when rear mechs been damaged and a singlespeed bodge is needed.

At the moment I carry a small set of pliers to help but a toll like this would make life a lot easier
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Re: Tool lust...

Post by Moder-dye » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:17 am

OK maybe I am missing it and one day I'll think damn, if only...

I'm certainly not dissing the tool and I'd certainly use it at home, but more likely to use chain link extractor out and about.

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by firestarter » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:25 am

But dave wouldn't you just split the chain and use a new split link, I must admit I'm a little confused too. Looks a well made little tool though but as said above not sure of its requirement in the bike bag

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by nedrapier » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:42 am

I did read a tip that you could open quick links by threading a shoelace through the link and pulling in opposite directions, never tried it though.
I've got a 12" length of gear cable in the tool box for this. Probably worth the 3 grammes to take it out with the bike tool kit.

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by mat_swan » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:07 am

The bike last night had one of those chainring-mounted trouser protector rings on so that standby didn't work.
Hmmm. I've made it work with a freeridey style big-ring-replacement bashguard, can't say I've tried it on something with a trouser protector.

Hang on, do you mean one of the chain cases that runs half the length of the chainstays because that would certainly make it more difficult! I wonder if you could achieve the same effect on the cassette

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by BigdummySteve » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:48 am

If your particularly accident prone or unlucky you could set up a single speed and then put the additional chain back on with another quick link.
That way a derailleur mishap could delt with in a minute using this tool in the field.
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Re: Tool lust...

Post by ianfitz » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:59 pm

I’ve replaced all my quick links with whipperman connex links.

They open and close by hand really easily. Just rotate to 90 degrees and slide.

Not cheap but work well. One has been through 5 chains now with no stretch.

Edit to add that does look like a well made tool :-bd
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Re: Tool lust...

Post by Moder-dye » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:06 pm

Sorry to de-rail the topic, but if your derailleur :???: totally knackers and you have to take it off which is the best sprocket to fit your chain to?

On a 2x10 Smallest as it isn't likely to 'fall' up and you at least got the small chainring too?

Just thinking if you fitted it single speed to another bigger sprocket is it likely to slip off?

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Re: Tool lust...

Post by ScotRoutes » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:19 pm

Whichever gives the best chainline - and allows a taut chain.

In our case it was middle ring of a triple. Wasn't a bad ratio either.

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