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post #1 of 28 Old 01-24-2019, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Chain riveting tool loan needed - Albuquerque NM

Does anyone in the Albuquerque, NM area have a chain rivet tool I can borrow?

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post #2 of 28 Old 01-26-2019, 11:00 AM
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The Stockton tool from Cycle Gear works well. I've changed 1/2 dozen chains with mine. I think I got it on sale for $29.99. If you own a chain drive, you need one.
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You can also get a screw type master link where all you need is a 10mm wrench. No more chain press or rivet tool needed and it permanent if you are the sort that doesn't trust clip type master links.

Simply tighten the nuts off until they snap (yes they are designed to snap off) off and you have a perfectly installed link.
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You can also get a screw type master link where all you need is a 10mm wrench. No more chain press or rivet tool needed and it permanent if you are the sort that doesn't trust clip type master links.

Simply tighten the nuts off until they snap (yes they are designed to snap off) off and you have a perfectly installed link.
I'm going to try that on my next chain.

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You can also get a screw type master link where all you need is a 10mm wrench. No more chain press or rivet tool needed and it permanent if you are the sort that doesn't trust clip type master links.

Simply tighten the nuts off until they snap (yes they are designed to snap off) off and you have a perfectly installed link.
Good idea. Wonder if it's OK to mix manufacturers? I ordered a DID chain, but they don't offer a screw-type master link. Only EK and BikeMaster, as far as I can tell.

I'm not keen on buying yet another special-use tool that I'll only need once every ~3 years, even if it's only 40 bucks or so.
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You can also get a screw type master link where all you need is a 10mm wrench. No more chain press or rivet tool needed and it permanent if you are the sort that doesn't trust clip type master links.

Simply tighten the nuts off until they snap (yes they are designed to snap off) off and you have a perfectly installed link.
I love these, but you're not supposed to tighten the nuts until they snap. You're supposed to tighten them until they won't turn, back them off enough to check that the plate is on all the way, and then grab each with a plier and snap at the weak points of the studs.

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Good idea. Wonder if it's OK to mix manufacturers? I ordered a DID chain, but they don't offer a screw-type master link. Only EK and BikeMaster, as far as I can tell.

I'm not keen on buying yet another special-use tool that I'll only need once every ~3 years, even if it's only 40 bucks or so.
I wouldn't recommend mixing manufacturers. There is no guarantee of fit. Better to find a local friend who's willing to help you out, or pay a reputable shop to rivet the new chain.

I won't go back to non-screw type. It is so much easier, only a couple dollars more for the option, and gives me peace of mind.

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Good idea. Wonder if it's OK to mix manufacturers? I ordered a DID chain, but they don't offer a screw-type master link. Only EK and BikeMaster, as far as I can tell.

I'm not keen on buying yet another special-use tool that I'll only need once every ~3 years, even if it's only 40 bucks or so.
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Harbor freight will permanently loan you a chain breaker for $16.

https://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-...ker-66488.html

It's not the best, but it works.
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Someone local offered to let me borrow his, so I should be set. He has one of the nicer tool sets (Motion Pro) so we'll see how she goes.
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I dug the catchy tune in the video. Makes me wanna use that type of link in my soon to be replaced chain!
I suppose at replacement time it's the same as other links? Simply grind off the bit sticking out and use a drift pin to push the link out the back side?
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