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Tool for Campy C-10 HD-L Chain?(6 posts)

Tool for Campy C-10 HD-L Chain?Velocipedio
Jun 27, 2003 5:09 PM
Campagnolo says only to use their tool to connect the HD-L chain, but is that bs, or can I just as easily use my Park CT-3 chain tool?
re: Tool for Campy C-10 HD-L Chain?Rusty Coggs
Jun 27, 2003 5:43 PM
I use a park mini toool to break it and a connex link to put it back together.
Well, here's what happened to me.........Izoard
Jun 27, 2003 5:47 PM
I switched to the new chain in March of this year, but not before having problems using my Park tool with the new Campy pins. I broke two pin posts because I couldn't hold the chain and the pin steady enough.

Once the guide post is broke, forget it. The Campy pin is not going in the chain.

By chance I had a few Dura Ace pins left from an old DA chain when I ran Campy 9spd. It looked like the same size as the new Campy pin, but the guide post is welded on.

Long story short, I used the DA pin to link my new Campy 10spd chain. I have raced/trained numerous times on steep Colorado climbs (Magnolia Road outside Boulder) with this setup with no problems on two different bikes.

I purchased a few extra DA pins for about $5 at Excel as opposed to $12 for the extra Campy pins+links. I have not purchased the new Campy chain tool and have no plans to do so.

I'm sure the Campy chain tool will make the Campy pin insertion easier, but not as easy as installing a DA pin with a Park tool.
the trick to using a Park chain tool...C-40
Jun 28, 2003 5:06 AM
The new HD-L pin is easy to install with a Park chain tool, if you drape the chain over the BB shell, not the little chainring, to eliminate the tension on the chain.

The guide pin slides in from the left side of the bike and the Park tool will push the HD-L pin in with no problem. The pin has a stop that prevents it from being pushed in too far. You have to watch for the end to become seated against the outer plate and then quit pushing the pin in. The snap-ring stop on the Park tool won't provide the appropriate stop depth.

If you prefer to have your chain removeable, the smart thing to do is use a Wipperman Connex link. Be sure to install it with the slot in the sideplate facing toward the back of the bike, when the link is on the lower section of chain. Several folks have found out the hard way that this link can be installed backwards.
re: Tool for Campy C-10 HD-L Chain?Welshboy
Jun 28, 2003 11:52 AM
I wish I'd known about some of the above tips first but having bought the Mk2 tool I'm delighted with it. It is a typical Campag product i.e. a work of art!
re: Tool for Campy C-10 HD-L Chain?ukiahb
Jun 28, 2003 3:51 PM
I just changed my chain recently and closed the HD-L link very carefully w/ a CoolTool and followed C-40's advice to have no tension on the chain. No problems so far, though I'm going to carry a SuperLink and the CoolTool for awhile just in case...