Chain tool on long trip?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by ggemelos, May 19, 2015.

  1. Motomantra

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    This could easily turn into a "which oil" thread, so here goes...
    I'm a believer in using dedicated chain lube. It gets under the rollers (& everywhere else). I go by looks as to when to apply. I got 38K out of my 140 BHP sport bike chain, 34K on the DL650 (it sees more dirt). Others report similar results with WD-40, but that's more of a solvent. Proof that chains are way better now. Lost's chain lube discussions out there, I've said my piece, I'll shut up now.
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  2. Bayner

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    Yeah, the file on a leatherman will work... (Though in ideal circumstances - cold drink in hand, poolside in Bukhara).
    I'm happy to agree that most times a dedicated tool is better than a multipurpose one in many ways, I just don't feel that's the case when used in the context of "a long trip". As I'm sure you've realized one would need something with a little more mass than a leatherman to peen anything over expediently, or be very very patient.
    Hell, just recently I got lazy and broke a big ass DID chain tool by not grinding the pin down first!
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  3. TUCKERS

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    I've heard WD40 gets under the O rings and actually cleans out the lubricant. I know years ago one of my sons was horrified when I was cleaning his skate board wheel bearing with WD40. It will say on chain instructions not to clean an O ring with anything but kerosene. Gasoline is especially no no...it rots the rubber O rings.
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  4. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I took my bike poolside in Bukhara and it wasn't well received. Sitting there in my Speedo trying to file the nubs off the chain on my bike with what passes for a nail file!
    Quick answer.................YES......take your chain tool with you. If you are worried about weight or space leave something else out...like those extra shoes or pound of coffee.
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    Maybe it was the speedo?


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  6. shinyribs

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    OP said "multi year trip".

    Multi year RTW trip? You're gonna need a chain somewhere along the line, and you're gonna hate yourself when you don't have your tool.
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