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    Re: Winter Workshop

    I removed the chain before with a Dremel cutting tool, it doesn't take long. It is the Chain Riveting tool which is the more important tool to have. Just grind down the end of the rivet through the link on the chain and push it through with a hole punch

    I've used/borrowed the Whale Chain Riveting tool several times - they told me to thump the Whale tool on the chain positioned at the top of the rear sprocket with a 4 lb club hammer, just the once, with the hammer raised parallel to the floor and at arms length as a starting position. They were quite correct, just one thump needed, no need to over tighten the chain. The Whale tool is £87 inc VAT plus delivery from Demon Tweeks about the same price as that one you're looking at on eBay Stuart.

    The other tip given to me was to lay the removed old chain out straight on the floor on top of some card, like a piece of rope, and prior to connecting up the new chain lay the new chain parallel alongside the old one to ensure that if you have to remove some links, you get it the number of links to remove right first time. You are probably cleverer than me and order the correct number of links first, on other bikes, sometimes you have to buy a longer chain and reduce the number of links.
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    Re: Winter Workshop

    Hi Stuart,

    Not used one of those but the Whale is the tool if you have a hard link to rivet.

    Depending on make of chain the link will either be soft (hollow) or hard (solid). The soft links are easy even with a cheap riveter. Hard links are fine with the Whale.

    Cheers, Rob

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    Re: Winter Workshop

    Good advice there Smooth and Rob, cheers....

    I Dremelled my last chain off and the tool I had to rivet it together was one of those 25 quid jobs in the red plastic box..they're pretty shite and not particularly accurate, it's easy for the Anvil part to skite off the Rivet and mushroom it off centre...which is what happened to mine.. it was secure... but I was unsatisfied with it aesthetically...

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    Re: Winter Workshop

    What is it with dealers...my bikes been in for 3 weeks count this weekend...

    Tech sussed out after week 1 the problem was that block connector et al..... he was going on holiday few days after diagnosis if parts werent in before he went he'd fit them on his return, so thot I'd hear something this week.. nought..so emailed for update Wednesday to be told today the parts would be a further 5 weeks.. meanwhile I'm looking to get on with my winter overhaul...and the bikes sitting in a ******* dealers gathering dust !

    Am I expecting too much thinking a phone call would have been warranted...

    As a side issue I haven't asked yet when the parts were actually ordered... 2 months all told ffs...grrrrr...

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    Re: Winter Workshop

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartb View Post
    What is it with dealers...my bikes been in for 3 weeks count this weekend...

    Tech sussed out after week 1 the problem was that block connector et al..... he was going on holiday few days after diagnosis if parts werent in before he went he'd fit them on his return, so thot I'd hear something this week.. nought..so emailed for update Wednesday to be told today the parts would be a further 5 weeks.. meanwhile I'm looking to get on with my winter overhaul...and the bikes sitting in a ******* dealers gathering dust !

    Am I expecting too much thinking a phone call would have been warranted...

    As a side issue I haven't asked yet when the parts were actually ordered... 2 months all told ffs...grrrrr...

    Korean oil tanker?..

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    Re: Winter Workshop

    It is... the Tech is actually spot on when he's on it.. calls me etc... wouldn't have minded a call and option to uplift and return when parts are in tho...

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