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All the bits and bobs re­quired when you want to swap your cas­sette

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One of the most sim­ple wrench­ing jobs you can do to your bike is chang­ing the cas­sette and we have all the kit you need to do it, in­clud­ing B’Twin’s novel ‘chain­less chain whip’

1 SHI­MANO UL­TE­GRA 6800 CAS­SETTE £74.99 Shi­mano’s Ul­te­gra cas­sette is avail­able in five op­tions from a flat­land- or time trial-friendly 11-23 to a more alpine­flavoured 11-32, with the 11-28 all­rounder in be­tween. Do make sure your mech will cope.

2 BTWIN 700 CHAIN WHIP £11.99 BTwin’s novel ‘chain­less chain whip’ rein­vents some­thing you wouldn’t have thought needed any rein­ven­tion. You use it in con­junc­tion with a lock­ring re­moval tool, its pegs slot­ting neatly into the teeth of the small­est sprocket, on seven- to 11-speed cas­settes.

3 HOY HG CAS­SETTE RE­MOVER £19.99 Ex­pen­sive but more con­ve­nient than a sep­a­rate lock­ring re­moval tool and ad­justable span­ner, the Hoy tool has an Amer­i­can ash han­dle (‘in­spired by the velo­drome,’ ap­par­ently) and a steel shaft. It has a pleas­ing look and feel to it, even if we’re not sure that Hoy’s tools ‘share their DNA with the Olympic leg­end’!

4 PARK TOOL CT3.2 CHAIN TOOL £29.99 Solid as a rock, Park’s heavy­weight metal chain tool will cope with ev­ery chain from five- to 11-speed in 1/ 8, 3 / 16 and 3 / 32in sizes. And thanks to its re­place­able pin (slightly dear at £5 per pair) it should give you a life­time’s ser­vice, help­ing to jus­tify its high price.

5 SHI­MANO UL­TE­GRA 6800 CHAIN £27.99 Shi­mano’s 11-speed stain­less steel chain fea­tures zinc-plated al­loy links, with a PTFE (Te­flon) coat­ing for greater life­span. Ex­pect Shi­mano’s usual smooth­ness, though note that this doesn’t come with a quick­link or sim­i­lar. This’ll im­prove shift­ing but make chang­ing the chain a lit­tle bit trick­ier.

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