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    Neat alternative to a chain whip

    I saw a mechanic using this gizmo -- a hyper handle -- last week and decided to buy one. It fits over the smallest cog in the cassette. Seems like any chain whip I see these days still uses an 8-speed chain which is hard to use on an 11-speed cassette. I had a hell of a time swapping cassette last weekend for a hilly ride. He also sells drivers that you can click into a socket wrench.

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    I use a vise-whip. Designed by Zinn.

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    I use Feedback Sports cassette pliers. Great tool. I am not affiliated with them.
    https://www.feedbacksports.com/shop/cassette-pliers/

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    I have the Zinn/Pedro's vice-whip and love it, but honestly just about anything is an improvement over a standard chain-whip.

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    I made my own chain whips back in the 80's out of 1/4" steel plate and used 7 speed chains. (Back then, you needed two chain whips to disassemble freewheels). They still work well for removing lock rings.
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    That Stein company tool looks nice, but I can't seem to find anyone that has it from their website. Guess I'd need to get it from QBP through a local shop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    That Stein company tool looks nice, but I can't seem to find anyone that has it from their website. Guess I'd need to get it from QBP through a local shop?
    Just call him or email him. J. A. Stein Company - Tools For Bikes

    From what I can tell, he's a one man operation. I think he makes the tools himself. I like supporting outfits like that. He was nice to deal with. I asked him how long he's been in the bike tool business. There was a short silence, and he said 'oh, like forever'. He sent me a paypal bill. I bought Campy and Shimano drivers from him as well. They fit on a 3/8 socket wrench.

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    Nice, I see he makes a version of the Hypercracker, which has been one of my best purchases ever.

    Pamir Hypercracker, the mini cassette removal tool that is sadly missed.

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    guess I'm a luddite or just cheap...use a piece of old chain and vise grips to hold the cassette while loosening the lock ring.

    not elegant, but it works.
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    I work on bikes and the shop has a number of different types but my personal favorite is the Abbey tools unit.
    https://www.abbeybiketools.com/colle...-it-chain-whip

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    A large towel!

    That's right. A large, thick towel. Wrap it around your cassette, and then grip the cassette with your hand tightly. The towel will prevent the cassette from moving as you loosen the fastening ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waspinator View Post
    A large towel!

    That's right. A large, thick towel. Wrap it around your cassette, and then grip the cassette with your hand tightly. The towel will prevent the cassette from moving as you loosen the fastening ring.
    Still costs more than my diy chain whip made with a portion of throwaway chain, piece of leftover wood trim and a screw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    guess I'm a luddite or just cheap...use a piece of old chain and vise grips to hold the cassette while loosening the lock ring.

    not elegant, but it works.
    Same. I am too cheap.

    Along the too cheap lines - I also made with scrap chain and a piece of angle iron.

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