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Chain tool for touring

mariposa2010-12-21 01:16:56 +0000 #1
I'm in a dilemma about which (size) chain tool to buy.

I'd like to have one that can go on tour with me, when I'm *way* out from civilization. So, natural preference would be for something that is compact and lightweight.

But my mechanic says the compact/light ones don't always work well...or at all. She says get a bigger one and just put up with the heavier weight.

Thoughts here?

Specific brand recommendations?

If you have one that is smaller/lighter *and* works well, of course that would be the ideal!

Thank you...

Mariposa
OakLeaf2010-12-21 01:24:41 +0000 #2
I'd say use a SRAM powerlink chain and carry a couple of spare powerlinks. That way you only need the chain tool to get the chain apart, not to reassemble it. The chain tool in a multi-tool should be plenty for that (although I've never used mine, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt).
Thorn2010-12-21 01:46:41 +0000 #3
We take the compromise....we carry a light one and a couple of Wippermann-type chain links. The theory is that if the chain breaks, we'll pop out the bad link and use the wippermann link to patch the chain.

The chain tool doesn't have to be great--just good enough to pop the rivet.

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