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  • Masterlink Pliers (small trail version?)
  • Premier Icon TimCotic
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    I’ve got the Park Tools MLP masterlink pliers for home, but I wondered if anyone has heard of a smaller, more portable (but still reliable) version carrying around in yer Camelbak?

    Cheers for looking. 😀

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    You could buy a cheap/generic version of this leatherman style and use a dremel/file a couple of indents into the plier jaws to grip the chain rollers – i may even try that on my leatherman style if i can find it

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    For taking a link off?

    Premier Icon mattsccm
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    Use kmc links and your fingers?

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    dont dismantle your chain while your riding ? i find my fingers get stuck when ever i try

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    I carry a bit of bent coathanger wire that works pretty well – certainly better than cold fingers on a muddy chain. I know at least one person who intends to use brake cable but not sure he’s ever tried it when out & about

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Chain breaker and spare link? You’ll still need a chain breaker and you could probably carry about 50 links for the weight/bulk of a quicklink tool.

    Premier Icon iainc
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    ^^ +1, hard to imagine a situation where you would ever need to undo a quicklink on a ride…

    Premier Icon cruzcampo
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    Wipperman connex link and a spare one in bag. Finger on and off. Best link in the land.

    Premier Icon devash
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    Another recommendation just to use the KMC ones. You can undo those easily just using your hands with a bit of practice.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    ^^ +1, hard to imagine a situation where you would ever need to undo a quicklink on a ride…

    Trying to work out why, every chain related problem I’ve had ends up needing a chain tool to tidy it up before fixing.

    Premier Icon yorkycsl
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    somafunk,

    I did exactly the same as you. I bought a cheap camping mini tool (trekamtes) & just ground a small groove in the jaws, works a treat & also managed to repair a mates flat pedal that had all but disintegrated on a big lakes ride at the bottom of NanBield, got him going again thankfully.

    Premier Icon iain1775
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    Another recommendation just to use the KMC ones. You can undo those easily just using your hands with a bit of practice.

    Not 11 speed you can’t
    And maybe OP doesn’t want to remove a link but install a new one if chain breaks, 11 speed you really need the tool as they are a right bugger to do by hand

    An option though is to use a 10 speed link on an 11 speed chain, should work just as well, at least as a ‘get you home’ solution

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Any link should just click into place if it’s on the top chain run and you stand on the pedal.

    Premier Icon deadkenny
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    KMC I think vary. There are some that are easier to undo even on 10 speed than others. Some are also not reusable (though I’ve reused them), and some are.

    Anyway, as said I can’t think trail side why you’d undo them unless you’d screwed up the length initially.

    At home, I use some wire crimps. No need for specialist expensive Park Tools stuff when there’s often an option you have lying around the house anyway and that doubles as another tool 😉

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    11 speed you really need the tool as they are a right bugger to do by hand

    Fit the link on the top half of the chain, hold the back brake on and press down on the pedal, link pops and is fitted.

    Premier Icon bramblesummer
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    http://cyclenaturel.com/2015/02/13/tips-tricks-unclipping-a-quick-connect-chain-link-with-a-spoke/

    Crude, but if you carry pliers in your bag (like a Leatherman) then it’s a lightweight effective method.

    As for putting it back on, as already said, join it as best you can, hold the back brake and push down on a pedal.

    Premier Icon Pawsy_Bear
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    why carry more stuff in your camlbak? Chain splitter and spare link, maybe but why faff trying to undo a link? Quicker to fit new link. TBH I haven’t even had to do that with 11 speed in the last 2.5 years.

    11 speed are easy as MS above says

    Premier Icon yorkycsl
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    Pawsy_bear

    For me personally it’s not a weight issue carrying said multi tool gizmo, I don’t have it in the camelbak when riding locally moors dales Dalby stuff but I do in the lakes or other rocky big days out.
    I’ve had to chop tyres make patches after slitting them & all manner of running repairs other wise it would of been game over & a very long push home.

    I fondly remember a snapped carbon seat post (many years ago) & we fashioned a splint from a branch & ok it was a bodge but we kept on riding.

    Premier Icon TimCotic
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    Thanks for the ideas gang. I’ve never been able to open powerlinks with my fingers and I haven’t achieved any reliable results with needle-nose pliers either.

    I’ve ordered the real cheapo Lifeline master link pliers from wiggle. When the arrive I intend to reduce the length of the handles to the minimum that will still allow them to work.

    Why did I want to undo the link on the trail? Because I got a branch caught in my mech and broke the mech-hanger with the chain still attached. I wanted to try to single speed it as an emergency but in the end I just removed mech & chain and pushed and free-wheeled for a few miles.

    PS. Have you noticed that KMC chains are great value, but the separate powerlinks are about 3.5 times the cost of SRAM?

    Premier Icon STATO
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    I fondly remember a snapped carbon seat post (many years ago) & we fashioned a splint from a branch & ok it was a bodge but we kept on riding.

    A normal person would have just put the broken bit in the frame and have finished the ride by the time the boy-scouts had fashioned their small rudimentary lathe.

    Why did I want to undo the link on the trail? Because I got a branch caught in my mech and broke the mech-hanger with the chain still attached. I wanted to try to single speed it as an emergency but in the end I just removed mech & chain and pushed and free-wheeled for a few miles.

    Which is exactly why you carry a chain tool, a chain tool which you would need anyway to shorten the chain is fully capable of re-joining said chain.

    Premier Icon iain1775
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    PS. Have you noticed that KMC chains are great value, but the separate powerlinks are about 3.5 times the cost of SRAM?

    Cheap blister packed ones from Ebay from Taiwan, I’ve used them for years, fraction of the price but you need to be prepared to wait a while for shipping, £2.50 each

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KMC-Missing-Link-11-speed-Chains-For-Shimano-Campagnolo-Silver-/201066194596?hash=item2ed07aa6a4:g:4CEAAOSw6BtVUcfF

    Premier Icon cruzcampo
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    Wipperman connex links are reusable 😉

    Premier Icon iain1775
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    So are the KMC 11 speed ones, despite what they might say, just tricky to remove compared to 8/9/10 speed

    Premier Icon yorkycsl
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    STATO

    Normal person eh… the post snapped on a 6 hour ride half way in & have you tried riding with a seat just sticking out of the frame, Normal … you might need to take a look at your self my friend but thanks all the same for the comment eh.

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