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Campy 10 Speed Chain Tool Alternatives?????(7 posts)

Campy 10 Speed Chain Tool Alternatives?????Mike Kelly
Apr 16, 2001 6:09 AM
Guys,
Getting ready to install my new Record Drivetrain, but I noticed that it requires a special $60 chain tool to insert the pins. Is this the only way to install these? Also, where can I get this tool at the best price???

Thanks!
Mike
re: Campy 10 Speed Chain Tool Alternatives?????Donho
Apr 16, 2001 1:13 PM
I have had very good success with a small good quality "C" clamp (the one I have been using has about a 4 inch throat). Aassemble the chain on the bike just as the instructions say, but substitute the clamp for the $60 tool. Do one pin at a time. Carefully take up on the clamp until the pin clicks home. A "C" clamp of this size costs about $6 to $8 at your local hardware store. I have actually used the real tool and find the "C" clamp just about as easy to use.
re: Campy 10 Speed Chain Tool Alternatives?????Ken Ross
Apr 16, 2001 2:28 PM
I removed the perma-link with a regular chain tool. Re-assembling the chain old-style, it is working just fine. If you do this make sure that you get the pin in the middle of the chain! I have about 1000 miles on it now and it works great.
re: Campy 10 Speed Chain Tool Alternatives?????JohnG
Apr 16, 2001 7:31 PM
I bought the tool from Total for something like $55. All in all a total waste of money. Go to Home Depot and buy a small $5 vise.... that's all the tool really is.

good luck
JohnG
But then it wouldn't be Campytommyb
Apr 16, 2001 10:07 PM
Sure, you could go to Walmart and buy a corkscrew and open bottles of wine, but it wouldn't be a $150 really cool Campagnolo corkscrew, now would it?
misdirected responseJohnG
Apr 18, 2001 8:05 PM
The tool ISN'T made by Campy.... and yes I do think that Campy bike parts are, in general, superior to the competition.

good rides JohnG
no argument from metommyb
Apr 20, 2001 9:58 PM
I agree completely with your opinion about Campy bike parts. My point was that a Campy tool is not always worth the extra cost, a Campy belt-buckle doesn't hold up my pants any better, and a Campy corkscrew is the ultimate in cool, but really not necessary. I didn't realize that the Campy chain tool was not made by them, mea culpa.