Look Ma, No Hands!
- Nov 11, 2019
Ok, I thought I would be able to figure this out, but since this is the first time removing a chain of any kind, I wanted to get some clarification before I start, and possibly break something. I need to remove the chain from a Skip tooth from a Hornet for maintenance and cleaning. I believe I have found the master link link, and I also have a brand new Park Tool CT 3.2 chain tool.
- The first issue is what direction should I be applying pressure from the pin of the park tool? there is a slightly longer side and a shorter side (see Photos).
- Does the pins on the chain link itself move out individually, or does the whole link with both pins have to move out as a whole and both sides have to move?
- It seems logical that they would have to come out separately, because otherwise I wouldn't think the tool would work, as the backside won't allow the whole link to move as its holding it in place.
- The Park tool shelf does not seem to fit a skip tooth. According to the directions, The shelf is supposed to go in the middle section of the chain, not on the outside, but its too wide to fit the narrower sections of the chain. It fits the standard chains just fine. Does this matter, or can I just use the shelf as support on the back side?
- How much pressure should I apply before I break something and am probably doing it wrong? In my experience, many times if Im applying a great deal of force, then Im probably doing it wrong and am probably breaking or about to break it. But Sometimes it just takes a good amount of force.