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    Chain Tool: $18 vs $6 ???

    Is there a difference between an $18 Parktools chain tool and a $6 Spin Doctor Universal chain tool?

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4204

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    If you're talking about the larger Park chain tool, yes, there's a difference. The black Park chain tool is bigger and it's easier to turn than a mini tool. But, I would assume they'll both work. If you're talking about the Park mini chain tool, nah, not much difference.
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    the Park won't break when your installing a chain right before a big ride...the Spin Doctor might not break when your installing a chain right before a big ride.

    Buy the Park (or a Shimano CN-23) if you don't want to ever buy another chain tool...the Spin Doctor, like all cheap chain tools, has a limited use life.

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    spend the big bucks, you'll be happier in the long run.
    I've "mushroomed" a few cheaper chain tools. Not cool when you really need chain work done ASAP!

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    Oh sorry, I was talking about the smaller chain tool. A comparable one to the Spin Doc one.

    Im looking for a tool to carry with me and don't want to lug around the larger Park Tools one.

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    Same advice...you don't want a cheap chain tool failing out on the trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by tygger
    Is there a difference between an $18 Parktools chain tool and a $6 Spin Doctor Universal chain tool?

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4204

    Thanks
    I've gone through a couple of the cheapo tools over the years, but the ct-5 keeps going & until recently it was my go-to tool for all chain work. my wife bought me the big park tool for my tool box, so the ct-5 can stay in the pack now.
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    My general rule..

    I'm not rich enough to buy cheap tools (and buy the better one down the road anyways...) Buy the Parl tool, you won't regret it.

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    Chaintools are not the place to cheap-cheap. A broken chain ten miles from the car and a broken chaintool can be serious stuff.

    I'd suggest this - get the Park CT-3 for home use and the Park CT-5 for taking on rides plus SRAM PowerLinks or Shimano pins depending on your chain.

    Those two tools will last you a lifetime.
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    A little off topic...

    What do you guys think of this guy? I'm looking for one to put in my Camelbak. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screamin
    A little off topic...
    What do you guys think of this guy? I'm looking for one to put in my Camelbak. Thanks!
    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4204
    It's probably great. I carry the Park CT-5, it's $5 cheaper, a proven performer and hardly any bigger. Mine is in my jersey pocket.
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    Big fan of the CT-6.

    Quote Originally Posted by Screamin
    A little off topic...

    What do you guys think of this guy? I'm looking for one to put in my Camelbak. Thanks!

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4204
    It's a little heavier than the CT-5, but the form factor when closed is actually smaller, and the handles are much more ergonomic and comfortable when putting serious torque through them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Screamin

    What do you guys think of this guy? I'm looking for one to put in my Camelbak. [/url]
    I use a Crank Bros multi-tool with a built-in chain breaker. It works great, a bit small, of course, but very sturdy. Only costs a couple bucks more than the Park, and easy to fint in a pack or pocket. I'd buy the Park if I was breaking chains all the time, but for the few times I use it the multi-tool works fine.

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    Few cheap ones always cost more then one of good quality.

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