Noweight chain tool?

sloe

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My rivet extractor weighs near on 100g, stripped down to its minimum. I really begrudge that, so I've never taken it. And never needed it, fortunately.

But is there some way of just bashing out the rivet of a knackered bit of chain with a rock and a toothbrush or something?

I've experimented with a hammer and a sharpened masonry nail but no joy.

Can then sort it with split links I DO carry.
 
The very lightest chain tool I ever encountered was the Finishline 'Chain Pup'. Easy to make even lighter by removing the alen key 'driver' and the 'Shi**no' shim, taking a hacksaw to the handle and a bit of random filing.

Ive got one. Its lush.
You cant have it.
 
sloe said:
My rivet extractor weighs near on 100g, stripped down to its minimum. I really begrudge that, so I've never taken it. And never needed it, fortunately.

But is there some way of just bashing out the rivet of a knackered bit of chain with a rock and a toothbrush or something?

I've experimented with a hammer and a sharpened masonry nail but no joy.

Can then sort it with split links I DO carry.
Why not go for a multitool like the Topeak Hummer? Contains a chain tool and pretty much everything else you need. You need quite a bit of force to get a chain pin out, so you probably are stuck with using a tool (as opposed to a hedgehog prickle and a beech nut or whatever). Is saving less than 100g that much of a worry? I hear you can make your pump lighter by drilling it too....;)
 

Mr Phoebus

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Chuffy said:
Why not go for a multitool like the Topeak Hummer? Contains a chain tool and pretty much everything else you need. You need quite a bit of force to get a chain pin out, so you probably are stuck with using a tool (as opposed to a hedgehog prickle and a beech nut or whatever). Is saving less than 100g that much of a worry? I hear you can make your pump lighter by drilling it too....;)
LMAO. :biggrin:
 
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sloe

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Location
Banffshire
Well I've just spent three hours, grinding, drilling and hacksawing it down to 30g.

That's 20g/hour.

If I keep this up for 8 hrs/day it'll take about 220 days to get the whole thing, bike, luggage, tools, clothes, down to zero grammes.

So now we know: the Naked Rambler is actually a touring cyclist taken to his logical conclusion !!



Now please, dont anyone write in and say "Oh you can pop those rivets with just a canny flick of a tent peg".
 
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sloe

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Banffshire
I have actually got a sawn-off toothbrush.

Oh the shame....
 

Mr Phoebus

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Originally Posted by sloe
Well I've just spent three hours, grinding, drilling and hacksawing it down to 30g.
barq said:
Wow - I've got to see a photo of that. Can you post a picture of your customised chaintool online?
;) Me too. Please post a very light trimmed down JPG.
 
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