Do I need a chainbreaker

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Nakki, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Nakki

    Nakki Adventurer

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    I'm heading off shortly on my first real big trip, trying to kit myself out for any possible mishap, you know murphys law and all that:D

    I've been riding for quite a while butI've never busted a chain before and therefore have never had to fix one, so I'm not completely sure of what I'll need.

    I've got a spare clip type master link that I should be able to fit with a pait of pliars and a set of vice grips, but thinking about it will that only get me out of trouble if I break a chain at the joining link?

    If I break the chain on a non joiner link will I need a Chainbreaker to get the busted link out and fit a new clip master link??

    Am I likely to bust a chain on anything but the joiner link??
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  2. prestonpaul

    prestonpaul What?

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    I carry a chain breaker, a short length of chain (4 or 5 links) and 2 master links, this allows me to replace a damaged section as well as repairing a break.
    I've never had to use any of them outside the workshop but I am a firm believer in the day I don't have them is the day Ill need them :lol3
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  3. DANNOj

    DANNOj Long timer

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    Agree with Paul above. I carry a Ballards chain breaker, a small length of chain and 3 or 4 joiner links.

    I have had to use the chain breaker on the side of the track before, not because of a chain failure, but gearbox failure on the KLX. The gearbox crapped itself, so needed to remove chain so we could free-wheel the bike.

    So don't presume that a chain failure is the only reason you might need one!! There are various possible reasons for needing one.

    Additionally, I always fit my own chain and sprockets so that I get practice in using the tool and shortening & joining chains.

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  4. bikerooter

    bikerooter the hard way

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    Paul is on the money carrying some spare chain for sure and a few (3) master links as well. we rebuilt Killameters chain using 4 riders combined kit. ( make sure one of you has a breaker)
    Use the stuff at home to install the new chain and take the same with you on the trail. Wrap the chainbreaker pretty good cos the little suckers always try to escape in the rough stuff.

    sra
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  5. Nakki

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    Thanks for that, sounds like a chain breaker is in order - I picked up a terra-x one today, now just got to work out how to use it!
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  6. Nakki

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    Thanks for that, sounds like a Chainbreaker needs to go in the kit..............a picked up a terra-x one today. Now just got tot figure out how to use it!
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  7. Nakki

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    ooops double post
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  8. nick g

    nick g Adventurer

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    think of it this way- how much would you pay for a chainbreaker and allied bits and pieces when you are broken down with a busted chain in the middle of nowhere, its getting on in the day and you cant get phone service ?
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  9. W00dcarver

    W00dcarver n00b

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    Thanks a Bunch guys you have convinced me also to go out and buy one and learn and practice with it.
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  10. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    I carry the chain offcut from a new chain, 3 clip links, and a breaker/assembler. Never needed it for me, but others on the rides I've been on have found it extremely helpful. I did too though, because we were all able to keep going.
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  11. GSXR

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    I carrry a compact but solid chain breaker on most rides, along with a length of chain offcut and at least three matching joiner links. Have used it quite a lot over the years, but I seem to have a habit of loosing the pusher pins over time. Might sort that bit of kit out today to make sure it's in order. A point of note is that whilst many common bikes use 520 chain, the DR650 and a few others run 525, so need to get that bit right.

    It's not unheard of for a small stone etc to make its way into sprocket area and destroy an otherwise good chain
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  12. GSXR

    GSXR Trail Rider

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    These Motion Pro breakers are the best out of my bunch.

    As with any compact tool, leverage can be an issue, but there are ways around that

    mp tool.jpg
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  13. wassie

    wassie Life is too short for traffic.

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  14. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    I've only ever needed to fix a chain in the field a couple of times in recent history, never on my own bike. Both times I've been able to break a chain & press on a master link with other stuff I've got in my toolkit, small file & vicegrips, tyre iron, M6 nut. So I don't carry a chain breaker. Always carry a few links incl a couple of master links though.

    One trap for young players is that even in the same nominal size chain some dimensions can vary between manufacturers, eg the pins might be a hair bigger... so make sure your spare links actually fit the chain you have on the bike.

    Cheers
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  15. JMick

    JMick Been here awhile

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    Before I went on my first big ride I made a "must take" list, compiled from what others recommended. I didn't have any chain so I figured there was no point in taking the breaker. Day 4 I flicked the chain off at high speed and it jammed itself up and locked up the rear wheel. I managed to lever it out of the back wheel and get back on the road but one of the links was cracked and close to letting go. I limped into the next town where I rang my local moto shop and got them to airbag me a new chain and a second chain breaker. I had to wait 3 days as the mail only came twice a week. I could have been back on the road after an hour or so if I had carried the chain and breaker. Always travel with them now.

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  16. abhibeckert

    abhibeckert Long timer

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    The joiner is more than strong enough, so it should't fail. Any link could have a manufacturing defect or be damaged while riding.

    All you need is a decent amount of pressure to push the pin out to break the chain on any link, and a similar amount of pressure to push the pin back in. The chain breaker mostly helps keep everything aligned properly, but you can do without it. I've used a hammer and improvised punch (nail), plus some vice grips without any problems to break and re-link a chain (some chains don't come with master links).

    I had a chain breaker at the time but it snapped when I applied tension. Clearly it wasn't strong enough, despite being from a reputable brand.

    I have since purchased a Terra-X breaker and used it several times without issue. I take it on every ride as it's small/light and anything improvised is always a risk.

    Even better than the Terra-X breaker is the tyre levers they're designed to be used with — their sharp angular tips seem far more effective than the traditional round curves on every other lever I've ever used.
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  17. UncleGra

    UncleGra Road Grime

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    Take a small flat file with you, and file the pin flat before you use the breaker.
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  18. Big Willy

    Big Willy Gen. Italia

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    Never tried filing one Unc...I always assumed the pins were hardened. Not the case?
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  19. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    The pins aren't that hard, I've filed an end off with my wee file then pried off the side plate with a tyre lever. The pins have to be soft-ish so they can be riveted. There's a sleeve over the pin then the roller, those bits would be harder.

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    Cheers
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  20. Big Willy

    Big Willy Gen. Italia

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    Good to know Clint and Unc.
    Makes it so much easier to push the pin out if the rivet is ground off.
    Will be carrying a file on my next big one for sure :thumb
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