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Is there an easy way of working out which way round to apply a chain whip to a cassette for its removal? I've taken plenty of them off in my time but always end up having a couple of tries at it before I put it on the right way round.

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If you have trouble with a whip, try the pedros vise whip. It's like a pair of vise grips that grabs the cog instead of a chain. I havn't used a standard chain whip since I picked this up. –  Benzo May 1 '14 at 14:08
Sounds like a good product, I'll look into it. It's not a pressing concern, just a minor annoyance! –  mjsqu May 1 '14 at 14:35

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Not something I do often enough to worry about, but certainly a 'problem' I also have.... One solutiojn that comes to mind is write "Install" and "Remove" in the side of the handle you can see when installing and removing (My luck would be I would get it wrong way round).

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How do you use a chain whip for cassette installation? I've never needed anything beyond the lockring tool. –  jimirings May 2 '14 at 15:45
@jimrings: You are absolutely correct. If one side has "Remove" on it, its natural to put "Install" on the other, you could write "Will not Remove!!!" :) –  mattnz May 3 '14 at 7:49

To quote Park Tool: "Hold cogs in clockwise direction with sprocket chain whip tool. Turn remover counter-clockwise, using a large adjustable wrench, the hex end of another Park Tool sprocket chain whip tool SR-1, or the Park Tool freewheel wrench FRW-1. It will require force to remove the lockring. Expect to hear a loud clicking sound as the locking teeth of the lockring separate."

Though I think actually doing the task enough times would instill it (kinda like how "righty tighty, lefty loosy" gets instilled in your mind eventually, without the little mnemonic).

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Thanks for your answer, however I was looking for a non-technical 'trick' by which to remember. I've done the task several times, but no instillation of the right method has occurred! –  mjsqu May 1 '14 at 12:54

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