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    do i need a different chain tool?

    I bought a chain tool last night and popped off one of my chains easily enough, but my other bike's chain doesn't want to budge. Do I need another tool?

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    You have not provided enough information to get answers to this question.

    What chain tool do you have?

    What chains do you have?


    Most likely, the problem is not the tool, but I can't say for sure without more information.
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    I don't know if I can answer the second question, but its just a 5 dollar Bell tool from Walmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmik
    I don't know if I can answer the second question, but its just a 5 dollar Bell tool from Walmart.
    How many gears do each of the bikes have?
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    I don't know off the top of my head, but they're different. The one that didn't work has 2 gears in the front, and the one that worked has 3. If you need an exact count I can go figure out what the 2-gear one is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmik
    I don't know off the top of my head, but they're different. The one that didn't work has 2 gears in the front, and the one that worked has 3. If you need an exact count I can go figure out what the 2-gear one is.
    Most 5/6/7/8/9/10 speed chains can all be handled by the same chain tool.

    Some BMX chains are significantly thicker, and require a different tool.

    I suggest you ensure that the chain is sitting nicely in the bottom cradle of the tool (if there are two, the upper cradle is for stiff links) and that the pin is lined up. You may just need to apply more effort.

    Check out this link for info on breaking and installing chains:

    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=25
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    I used a wrench on the handle and couldn't get enough leverage to pop it. Is that normal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmik
    I used a wrench on the handle and couldn't get enough leverage to pop it. Is that normal?
    No.

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    The handle on my Park mini chain tool is probably only about 2.5" long, and I have never been unable to break a chain with it.
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    the links for the chain fir in the tool fine. is it possible the pins are too skinny?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmik
    the links for the chain fir in the tool fine. is it possible the pins are too skinny?
    Not likely.

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    maybe they're just really tight then.

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    by perchance, you aren't trying to push the master link?

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