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    Alternative to Park Tool's DAG-1 Alignment tool?

    Hey everyone.. Just as the title says. What are the alternatives to Park Tool's DAG-1 Alignment tool? I've looked around everywhere and it's close to $50 at just about every site. Sure.. it's a tool which will last forever but I would love to find a cheaper alternative if possible.


    Any ideas out there?


    For some reason I have no luck keeping my hanger straight and I need to get a tool like this our I end up seeing the LBS more than I like too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoSoSwiM
    Hey everyone.. Just as the title says. What are the alternatives to Park Tool's DAG-1 Alignment tool? I've looked around everywhere and it's close to $50 at just about every site. Sure.. it's a tool which will last forever but I would love to find a cheaper alternative if possible.


    Any ideas out there?


    For some reason I have no luck keeping my hanger straight and I need to get a tool like this our I end up seeing the LBS more than I like too...
    Just get the Park. Not sure I have even seen another brand.
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    Blah! thats what I was afraid of hearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoSoSwiM
    Blah! thats what I was afraid of hearing.
    I you need it as often as you say $50 is cheap.
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    I just ordered one myself, managed to bend up my hanger pretty good and can see myself doing it more in the future.

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    yeah... I just hate ponying up that much for a tool. oh well..
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    I have had good luck lining the derailleur up by eye and then bending it to be parallel with the cassette. Certainly not accurate, and I may have just been been lucky, but it's worked 3 times for me in the last 6 months (2 bikes).

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    take the hanger off and tap it into shape with a hammer , it should be flat

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    I Home Depot'd my own with 10mm bolt, a nut, some washers, and a square tube (I used a square towel rod) for a total cost of about $4. It works OK with a ruler, but I'm sure the DAG works better.

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    being a pro mechanic I think the dag-1 is the tool to get.

    and $50 isn't really that much when hangers cost 25 and lbs probably charges 10-15$

    I dunno, I have a few grand in tools so maybe I'm a bit biased but its all about doing it right to me.

    I have seen one that a guy made home made in his machine shop and it worked just as well as the Park but probably took him at least a whole weekend plus he had a machine shop...

    I could also see it being done BCBlur's way and you could get a bit more fancy but is it really worth your time? I think it would be a lot of work to replicate that for $50 but I don't know what time is worth to you.

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    Handy tool if you really ride. Get one.
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    I highly recommend the DAG-1 as well. You might find that you can go for a little while without using it, but when you need it, you really do need it.

    I also actually find that even with a brand new hanger, I can still improve the alignment a bit. I've found that with most frames, the mounting point for the hanger is not aligned as "dead on" as you might expect, so a little tweaking to the hanger can potentially help. The DAG-1 takes care of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalittle
    I highly recommend the DAG-1 as well. You might find that you can go for a little while without using it, but when you need it, you really do need it.

    I also actually find that even with a brand new hanger, I can still improve the alignment a bit. I've found that with most frames, the mounting point for the hanger is not aligned as "dead on" as you might expect, so a little tweaking to the hanger can potentially help. The DAG-1 takes care of this.

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    yeah I agree, most new hangers I put on have to be trued and corrected to the frame

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    Well when my new frame came into the shop the hanger was tweeked already from travel. It's def. still wacked out but we got it as straight as possible while I was in the shop. When I got the bike together the shifting was still off because we didn't get the hanger perfect... But this is always my luck with hangers.
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