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I bought the cheapest chain breaker, XLC 10EUR, and its head got loose on the first try (maybe due to my poor handling or it is not well-done product).

I was on the journey and had to get it so did not have time to investigate for better long-term option. This reply raised the issue again, here.

The shop-keeper said that he used some very expensive tool because it "is much better in everything but for great price tag". Which durable chain breaker would you suggest to replace XLC? And if you have tips not to break it, please, do not hesitate to contain.

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I'm very happy with my Park chain tool CT-5. I haven't had it long enough to say if it's durable, but it seems to be very solid and well-made. In general, you can't go wrong with Park Tool products; I have several of them and like them. –  Neil Fein Feb 16 '11 at 5:10
    
I agree with Neil, park tool products have always worked well for me. I actually bought the park tool starter kit, which has almost all the tools you need to maintain bikes. –  Benson Feb 16 '11 at 23:36
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I use a park tool breaker in the shop, but when I'm on the road it's nice to have something very small and light. The Cutter Shorty is a packable bike tool that includes a chain breaker. While not quite as easy to use as a park tool, it's perfect for packing with you. That and a spare master link, and you're set.

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why would you choose a Cutter Shorty? It is a good idea to have a chain breaker with master links but what is the main intrinsic factor? Is it the weight, size or something else? Look I can get a chain breaker with a cheap chinese multitool, see my reply. I don't like its size and feel it a bit bloated but it is cheap and seems durable. Don't you need anymore tools in a multitool? –  user652 Feb 17 '11 at 3:55
    
I found the Shorty really inexpensively on chainlove.com. It was cheap and is well built. I really don't like cheap tools, because if your tool breaks on you, you're hosed. I think it's worth looking for something high quality with all the features you need for a reasonable price. I can't definitively say cutter's stuff is best, but it's certainly good. –  Benson Feb 17 '11 at 21:27
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I second what Neil suggested. I have had that one for years and it has worked flawlessly. A plus is that it is small enough to fit in your pack, so when you need it on the trail you have it.

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Park Tool manufactures tools for professional bicycle mechanics, so you can expect a quality product from them. But you should not be afraid from unknown brands or used tools.

I also suggest reading this article: The difference between a good chain tool and a cheap chain tool

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