Which chain whip?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Smoothhound, 27 May 2008.

  1. Smoothhound

    Smoothhound New Member

    Hi Folks,

    I'm about to get some new wheels for my commuter bike and I've decided to fit them myself. I'm a relative newbie and I always find the choice available in every cycle component a bit bewildering, usually I find some patient googling/forum surfing clarifies things. I had thought that I'd made all the hard choices for this project, but I'm now looking at chain whips and have drawn a blank. I've got an 8-speed chain and looking at wiggle I can find 9 speed and 10 speed chain whips and a few "not mentioned" speed chain whips. Is there really that much of a difference or will any of them fit? :smile:

  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    they'll all be fine. Any old chain whip will do, just get the cheapest you can find. Lifeline or BBB will possibly be cheap
  3. woohoo

    woohoo Veteran

    I hate to say this but I've been using a chain whip that is designed to remove car oil filters, which I think I bought from a Poundland or some such outfit. It's a bit agricultural but works (well it does on Shimano 7,8,9; not tried it on Campag yet).
  4. Mr Celine

    Mr Celine Discordian

    I use one I made myself with some old chain and an iron bar.
  5. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    me too!! it works on all cassettes, even 10 speed dura ace :sad:
  6. k-dog

    k-dog New Member

    A 10 speed one could be a poor investment as it might not work on something older - the chain wouldn't fit over the teeth of the cassette.

    Park make a very nice one if you have too much money or any other one will do the job.
  7. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

  8. OP

    Smoothhound New Member

    Thanks everyone, the cheapest one I can find it is ;) The Mike Dyason one looks fairly solid for a fiver
  9. bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Crosby Merseyside
    I'd have a length of pipe handy to slide over the handle of the whip ... sometimes they can be a bit stiff and the extra leverage helps . Putting the splined sprocket remover in the vice when attached to the wheel ( horizontally) allows you to get 2 hands on the whip can be a good idea too. Sorry for the gratuitous advice only I spent about 2 hours trying to shift one the other day.
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