Cyclo Chain Wear Indicator

The packaging is robust and simple, my only negative would be, does it actually need to be made out of plastic as maybe cardboard would be better from a re-cycling point of view. This is obviously a relatively minor thing as on the flip side, the design is pleasing to handle and gives an impression of the product being sturdy and functional

I have used this product before on numerous occasions, as it happens it was one of the first things I bought after completing my City and Guilds in bike maintenance.

I think to anyone with a little bit of mechanical aptitude this tool is intuitive to use. If you’ve gone out to buy a chain wear indicator in the first place, this suggests you would be looking for some sort of reference point as to how worn the chain is. 100% and 75% are clearly stamped into the metal . In addition, common sense would tell you to place the tool in such a way as the figures are the correct way up to read so it is obvious what extent of wear you are looking at.

I think the instructions are very clear, in fact the diagrams on there own are almost sufficient without the text. You could probably add a couple of symbols to the diagrams which would make it even more obvious i.e in figure 3 (b) maybe a cross together with a dustbin/recycle bin symbol to indicate the chain needs replacing, in figure 3 (a) a tick or a thumbs up symbol to indicate it dosen’t. The only benefit in doing this would be to avoid having to have instructions in different languages if you were exporting abroad, otherwise I think there is more than enough information to use the tool properly

I suppose the thing with chain indicators is that you really have to be quite a keen cyclist to bother with one. Chains don’t wear out that often and unless you are keen on maintaining your own bike then you are more than likely to take it to someone else. Also if you know someone who owns one, it is such a quick check to see if your chain is worn you probably wouldn’t think it necessary to buy one yourself. That said, if it isn’t expensive then it isn’t a big issue to have one in your tool box. I would definitely recommend this product to my friends if they were looking for this type of tool. I happen to own another chain wear indicator (Park Tool CC-2) which is at least three times the price and whilst it does give you a more precise measurement of wear, realistically is that necessary? It is also a little bit more complicated to interpret. So in my view, simplicity is best. A sturdy tool that is easy to use and has clear instructions.

As I have mentioned, I already own a cyclo chain wear indicator and since October last year when I started doing some work as a mobile bike mechanic, I have used it on dozens of occasions. When I am discussing what work is needed with a customer on their bike, I have got into the habit of quickly checking chain wear. This can help in giving them an idea of whether we’re talking a quick service with minimal extra costs, or potentially if a new chain is needed, then they are looking at quite a bit more as a new cassette may also be needed depending on what mileage it has done and how many chains the cassette has been used with previously. I think this also gives them a bit of re-assurance that their bike is going to be thoroughly looked at (and makes them think I know what I’m talking about) I have mentioned the park tool cc-2 chain wear indicator which I got as part of a tool set I bought. I suppose you could say that the cyclo chain wear indicator is very simplistic and only gives you an approximate measurement, whereas the CC- 2 is able to measure in smaller increments. I honestly don’t think this is necessary, and for all but the most particular cyclist the information the Cyclo tool gives you is more than sufficient. I suppose my best evidence for this is that the one I have to hand on my bench is the Cyclo chain wear indicator.

In terms of cost, I think that £5.99 is a fairly reasonable price, however there are cheaper ones out there on the market. For this type of chain wear indicator, prices seem to range between £3.50 (Bizman chain wear indicator at Evans cycles) to £6.99 (Park Tool CC 3.2 at Probikekit) In fact the Cyclo one is sold at Chain Reaction Cycles at £4.99. Given that it’s a piece of metal with no moving parts that seems to be quite a wide price range. I haven’t handled the Bizman chain wear indicator, so I don’t know what the quality/thickness of metal is, however £4.99 would probably be my favoured price point to be competitive.

 

Pros

Simple

Good instructions

Robust

 

Cons

Maybe a Pound too much!

More environmentally friendly packaging,

Could you do one that has a 6mm hole drilled in it so you can put it on your tool board

 

Overall rating

8.5/10