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    Chain whip substitute

    Discovered this works pretty well. It's a standard vise grip c clamp, just clamp it between opposite teeth on one of the larger cogs. Don't overdo the clamping force, but got the job done for me in a moment of need and it's all I've used since. Some minor grinding on the clamp tips would make it even better but I haven't bothered yet.
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    ...or something similar that's actually made for the job.
    Pedros Vise-Whip.


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    You could always make one out of an old chain and some steel plate...

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    just use an old glove.

    been doing it for years, works every time.

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    I love my Vise-Whip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    just use an old glove.

    been doing it for years, works sometimes.
    FTFY^ And yeah, there are other ways to do the job, so? I'll be out riding long before you fabricate a whip or mail order one. Just another trick to add to your bag... relax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    works sometimes
    don't put the cassette on that tight then

    or get a bigger glove

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    don't put the cassette on that tight then

    or get a bigger glove
    You got that right, too tight is one of my pet peeves, but it happens. You could clamp it in a vise too, if you had a vice. Might trash the cassette but you're putting another one on, right? Shop rags work too if the lock ring isn't too tight.
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    Not sure what the big deal is...why not just spend the $15 bucks for a chain whip?

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    my diy whip was free....works every time too & doesn't bugger up the cassette (what if you need to service hub but your cassette is good?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by HitmenOnlyInc View Post
    Not sure what the big deal is...why not just spend the $15 bucks for a chain whip?
    ...because a glove is free.

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    If I were going to buy a chain whip I would probably get a vice whip. Chain whips are always a bit of a balancing act so locking on is good. The wrench and lock ring tool can be awkward too. The vise grip works well for me and I have had no trouble with cassette damage, so I have little incentive to buy or make something else. But to each their own, it's all good.
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    I've used an old chain and a claw hammer in a pinch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    ...because a glove is free.
    I know an old glove is free but I prefer to use the right tool for the job. I have used a glove, rag, an old towel, but the job goes much easier with the correct tool.

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    Chain whip substitute-imageuploadedbytapatalk1358484345.891128.jpg This works well.....single speeders have lots of extra excess chain lying around

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    How do yall use a glove?
    There's something about those long grueling climbs that gets my front end all stiff... And I'm not talking about lockout...

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    Put glove on hand.

    Hold cassette.

    Use cassette tool to loosen lockring.

    Drink beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitmenOnlyInc View Post
    Not sure what the big deal is...why not just spend the $15 bucks for a chain whip?
    That's what I thought when I first read the thread title. While it's great to have MacGyver skills and be able to improvise in a pinch I can't understand not getting the right tool if you have to use it often and it is inexpensive. Redmr2_man mentioned that an old glove is free but so is a scrap of steel and a chunk of old chain. I could never get mine off with a glove anyway because I do like the cassette lockring tight, one of my pet peeves is vibration noise caused by a loose cassette.

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    You can also clamp a length of chain (or old chain) in a bench vise and wrap it around the cassette like the miniature human in the picture above me is doing. If you put the wheel between yourself and the bench corner and rotate the wheel backwards to pull the chain tight it works very well. Leaves both hands free, too. That being said, I have a Pedro's vise-whip and a regular ol' chainwhip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edmorales View Post
    This is elegant in it's simplicity and could be done road or trail side by loosely knotting one end of the chain around a sign post or small tree. Thinking touring/bikepacking here, as I don't know of too many other riders who carry a lock ring tool. I may drill a 3/8" hole through one of the porch posts at the bike house, slip a chain through the hole, nail through the end of the chain. The $15-$40 I saved is irrelevant, if it works well it's one less tool to keep track of. And then there's beer too.
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    Speaking of touring and simple...

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    ^That is awesomely minimalist, I used to carry a Hyper-Cracker which works similarly and has a spoke wrench built in.
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    I think chain whips are shop tools, or neglected bike tools. I have one, but for my bikes its always the glove/rag.

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