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Expensive Cycle Tools

I’m upgrading my #Bianchi Nirone from Veloce 10 Speed to Athena 11 Speed (The Veloce will go onto another of my bikes to replace the Japanese stuff).

Before fitting the 11 Speed Chorus chain I decided to read the enclosed instructions to make sure I get the pin insertion right.  The instructions say that you must use the Campagnolo tool for 11 Speed chains, the UT-CN300.


Campagnolo UT-CN300
Campagnolo UT-CN300

So I had a look online for the tool and you can imagine my shock at the cost – £121.98.  No way was I paying that so it was a search for an alternative.

A quick check of a review on Road.cc and I found that Lezyne make an 11 Speed chain tool that is compatible with Campagnolo 11 Speed chains and the good news it was only £20.98 from Wiggle.

Lezyne 11 Speed chain tool
Lezyne 11 Speed chain tool

I’ve ordered the chain tool and it should arrive next week, so I will be able to get the bike finished.

I’m a Campagnolo enthusiast, and they are not cheat components, but it certainly adds to the cost if they require specialist tools to fit.  Luckily in this case I was able to find a much cheaper alternative.  I wish there was a cheaper priced set of tools available to remove the Athena Power Torque chainset!




Tickets bought for the 2Magpiestheatre production of Ventoux.

This is a stage play of the battle between Lance Armstong and the legend that is Marco Pantani on Mont Ventoux in the Tour De France in 2000.

The production is on at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre on the 4 March as part of a national tour in February, March and April.  More details