|Our new Park chain remover tool. The rubberized mega handle and precision tooling|
works magic on a chain.
I have Hugh to thank for my new chain remover tool. The Hub and I've been using a Park tool for years, which worked adequately, even though my hands hurt when applying torque with the minuscule t-bar handle, but with the "Park" name I figured it was the best tool on the market. However, according to Hugh there are two Park chain remover tools. The larger version is precision and hefty and I literally pushed the pin through the links without a fret or feeling like a woman weenie! For home mechanics I can't imagine using anything else. Heavy, well-made tools are just that—heavy, with top-notch construction—and best kept at home. The old tool still has value and will remain an integral part of our touring toolkit.
|One side of the tool is a half moon with teeth.|
|The other side presents a stiff-bristled brush.|
|Pristine weather. A lovely ride on the waterfront path. It feels like spring.|
Let it be said. I'm not above letting my local bike shop handle the hard stuff—in fact if I'm unsure I'll happily let them assess or fix my work, but I do like to try when I have the time or inclination to learn. When I'm successful there's an immense sense of accomplishment and I feel like I'm one step closer to understanding the bicycle.
Now, she's ready to roll.
Intervale. Hopefully, it'll steer more riders on this little used but pleasantly paved alternative to the dirt section.
|All smiles. the Trek is ready to roll to work.|