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Another Campy chain question...........GileyD
Jan 30, 2003 4:51 AM
I know this has been answered numerous times before, so sorry for the repetition, but can someone remind me.....

I have Mirage 9sp on one bike, Centaur 10sp on another. Both need new chains shortly.

Can I use my Park Tools chaintool that works fine on Shimano 9sp, or do I need to lay out for a new tool? Is the answer different for 9sp and 10sp??

Jan 30, 2003 5:06 AM
The 9 speed campy chain (your best choice) requires no special tools. The SRAM 9 speed chain will work fine also, but buy the top of the line, not a cheap one. The 10 speed chain is another story.

Campy just changed the method of joining the 10 speed chain. The permalink is dead, now replaced with the HD-L connector pin. A special tool is still recommended to install the new HD-L connecting pin, but you can get buy with a standard high quality chain tool. The complete HD-L chain insturctions are available in pdf format at

Another option for joining the chain is the Wipperman 10 speed "connex" link. They only cost $5 and allow the chain to be assembled and disassembled without tools. You can buy a dozen for the price of a Campy chain tool. A standard chain tool is still needed to shorten the chain.

I can't highly recommend the Wipperman 10 speed chain. I bought a high buck stainless steel model and thought that it was significantly noisier than a campy chain.
Cheers C-40! (nm)GileyD
Jan 30, 2003 6:03 AM
About that Wipperman chain...DMoore
Feb 2, 2003 11:46 PM
You commented that you thought it was noisy. Did you lube it first, or run it with the factory oil? I ask because I recently tried a Wipperman chain, and didn't bother to lube it first. Campy chains always work fine that way, and I didn't think I'd have to do otherwise. The Wipperman squeaked like a banshee, although it shifted fine. I re-lubed the chain, and everything quieted right down.

Unfortunately it jumps on my 11 tooth cog - but that's in a different thread.
oiled frequently...C-40
Feb 3, 2003 7:21 PM
The noise I refer to has nothing to do with lube. I use the same lube on all my chains, a 4/1 mix of mineral spirits and synthetic motor oil. I apply it to brand new chains to get the factory grease off before an inital ride. I lube every 80 miles or less. This mix cleans and lubricates without leaving any buildup.

I used the chain for about 300 miles before removing it. I'm going to give it another try after I get 3000 on my campy chain.