Cyclo Chain Wear Indicator
Once again I was really pleased to receive another great Weldtite product through the post. This was even better as a Cyclo chain checker was one of those things that had been on my want list for a long time, but I just hadn't got round to buying.
This is one of those kind of tools that is extremely useful to have around so you can keep on top of chain wear, and if you catch a worn chain on time you can prevent having to also buy a new cassette at the same time. My friend who works as a mechanic for a Pro cycle team in Belgium says that he always changes the chains first before they have time to wear out the expensive cassette. So a great way to save expensive wear and tear! I've lost count of the times I've had to replace the rear cassette on my training bike as I've just rode it until it wore out!
It is simplicity itself to use, just place it on the chain and use the gauge to determine wear, if it's approaching 1% then it's new chain time! As it's metal I will expect it will also last a lifetime.
I was not so keen on the packaging though I am afraid. There is no need really to have it attached to all that plastic(?), it could easily be attached to a nice recycled / recyclable display card, which could also be printed with the instructions. But that's only a small grumble!
So in summery
Cyclo chain checker
+ Very simple to use
+ Well designed
+ Should last a lifetime
+ Save replacing expensive cassettes
- Plastic packaging not environmentally or aesthetically friendly