Introduction: Make a Chain Whip on the Cheap
Hello all! This is my first Instructable and while it's not a really difficult one, it's one that a frugal bicycle mechanic can easily appreciate.
- An old pair of pliers
- A second pair of pliers
- An old bike chain
- Chain breaker
Step 1: Destroy the Old Pliers
Ensuring that your old pliers are easily taken apart like the one in the photo, use the other pair of pliers to remove the bolt.
Step 2: Break the Chain
Using your chain breaker, or a borrowed one if you're cheap like me, break your old parts-bin chain and create a 20 or so link chain. Ensure that you leave the pins in the outer plate of the end links. This will make putting the chain back together easier.
Step 3: Attach the Chain to the Pliers
Using your hammer, your 20 link chain, and one of the arms of your broken pliers, pound the pins at the ends back into their adjacent outer plates, attaching one end to the bolt hole in the plier arm. This is necessary because you won't be able to fit your chain breaker around the plier arm to replace the pin.
Step 4: Done!
In using your new Chain Whip, place it on a cog of your cassette/freewheel being removed that allows the head of the plier arm to grip a link of the chain whip. This will prevent damage to any of your cassette/freewheel's teeth.
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