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Keep ‘Er Clean and Safe with Velo Gold’s New Chain Keeper Tools

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Velo Gold CK2 quick release chain keeper tool

Bike-specific tools are great when they make maintenance easier, and even better when they do double-duty and protect your bike too. A chain keeper does both- For those who travel regularly, its the best way to keep your chain tight and in position to prevent in-transit damage to your frame. In the shop chain keepers make it easier to clean the bike and drivetrain by replacing the rear wheel, thus providing plenty of space for working hands.

Velo Gold Bicycles is a full service shop in Fort Worth, Texas that also offers custom machining services. Shop owner Joshua Clark is now producing Velo Gold bicycle tools and accessories, which are all hand made in his garage workshop. Clark has just announced three different chain keeper tools, including one for mountain bikes with 12mm rear axles.

Get your peepers on Velo Gold’s keepers below the break…

Velo Gold CK1 chain keeper tool

The CK1 is Velo Gold’s simplest chain keeper and the most universal. It works on all bikes with standard dropouts and any axle width, as it only clamps to the drive side. This model holds the chain with a single-slot fixed position roller, so it does not offer the ability to shift gears while cleaning and tuning your drivetrain. The CK1 is made of 6061 aluminum, and comes with either a polished or knurled grip finish. Either option sells for $65 USD.

VeloGold CK2 quick release chain keeper

The CK2 is a more deluxe model ideal for professional or home mechanics. The quick-release unit works as a travel spacer or chain keeper with a mobile roller that allows the rear derailleur its full range of movement for easy ‘wheel-off’ drivetrain maintenance. The CK2 fits both 130 and 135mm rear ends with no need to disassemble or switch parts around and includes a good quality skewer (Velo Gold’s website actually states “We despise crappy skewers!”). The CK2 is available in 6061 aluminum with a knurled grip for $85, or in a cheaper Delrin model for $65.

Velo Gold CK3 Chain keeper for 12mm rear axles

Not forgetting the off-road market, Clark has created a chain keeper for mountain bikers too. The CK3 is a chain keeper device that fits over a 12mm axle. Its large handle allows you to easily pull the chain into position and slip the axle through. The CK3 is made of Delrin, and the handle can be customized with knurling, grooves, steps or thread patterns. The CK3 sells for $30, and a full-length travel spacer version is on the way.

Clark is already working on other designs including derailleur alignment tools, so keep an eye on Velo Gold as their tool line expands. All of Velo Gold’s tools come with a lifetime replacement warranty against wear and tear or defects.

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Antoine
Antoine
8 years ago

Verry intersted about the OFF-ROAD products, possible to get additional pictures ? Mounted for instance ?

And do you SHIP to France ?

Tom
Tom
8 years ago

Gorgeous stuff. Spendy, but possibly worth it, given the apparent lifetime quality. Having recently gone 1 x 11, I would recommend a 12 x 142 model with a 3- or 4-inch diameter, to keep the chain further from the stays, and the derailleur flexed into a more upright position (issue caused by the small front chainring, when compared to the 42t on a 2x system).

Springer
8 years ago

The CK-1 is not only a blatant copy of the Butter b1, they are also charging a $5 premium!

SNIPE-HUNTER
8 years ago

@Springer, I’m pretty sure that the b-1 has some different design features, and it’s a rip-off of previous chain keeps

Dave B
Dave B
8 years ago

The cheapest chain keeper I know of is a scrapped rear freehub with an old cassette or rear hub with a freewheel still attached. Clamp it in the dropouts and hang the chain over any cog you wish. Usual cost? Free.

Mike Bechanic
Mike Bechanic
8 years ago

I’m with Dave B on this one. Go by any shop and get an old hub and cassette and bingo, you’ve constructed your very own lightsaber.

JOSHUA CLARK
JOSHUA CLARK
8 years ago

Dang! Thanks for recognizing one dude’s hard work. The CK2 is purpose built. It’s compact, smooth, and it’s convertible from 130-135 without tools or disassembly. I’ve been working super hard to bring handmade widgets to YOU. I, like many mechanics, have made a variety of chain keepers throughout the years; now, I’m very happy to offer totally dialed in chain keepers with bespoke options. someone once said “don’t knock it ’til you try it”

Adam
Adam
8 years ago

Your chain wants to be free! Gotta let it hang.

Chris L
Chris L
8 years ago

If you can’t figure out how to make one of these on your own then maybe you shouldn’t be working on your bike in the first place. An axle, some washers and lock nuts and you’re good to go. I will give these guys credit in that this is the sweetest looking chain keeper I’ve seen! Makes me want to check our their other tools.

ononecog
ononecog
8 years ago

yeah…. we can all go to the hardware store and buy a nut a bolt and make our own ….

but in the day of 5,000 dollar plus bikes. what do u want to see your mechanic use?

bk
bk
8 years ago

Ononecog, I’d rather know my mechanic was clever enough to come up with his own contraption than know he spent a bunch of money on somebody else’s.

John
John
8 years ago

I had a Pedro’s tool like this that I picked along the way, made primarily of plastic, long since binned. These look like they are far better built. Looking around, there is a similar tool to the CK1 (or b1) from a company named Krek that has an actual cog vs. just a sleeve or track, available from various sellers on fleabay. The CK2 looks like it could be a nice little tool to have for shipping road bikes, but I’d like to see how they’re accounting for that 5mm difference between rim brake QRs and disc brake QRs. It would be nice to see a similar tool purpose-built for 142×12 thru axles.

JOSHUA CLARK
JOSHUA CLARK
8 years ago

@John. The CK3 IS purpose built for 12mm axles. The CK3.5 will be available soon; it’s the travel version of the CK3. I own and operate a bicycle shop, and I’ve been hand making small batches of these in my garage machine shop. To me, making tools with the purpose of improving existing versions(which every tool maker does), or creating new solutions, is simply a way of life. I work hard, long hours to produce products that people can enjoy for a long time. Sure, I’ve tossed tools in the bin, made new ones, or purchased better ones because I want to use really nice tools that work right. That being said, I’m not going to stop. I’ll continue to produce stuff that I want to use… So, to all the haters that have undermined my efforts by posting discouraging comments and encouraging others to do the same, thanks… now, back to work!

Julio
Julio
8 years ago

Support your local bike shops, we all love bikes and we all ride them!!!! It was great to meet you @Joshua #velogold #bikeshop. I have been telling all my friends about your awesome shop, very neat place(handmade carbon saddles, chain keepers, local trails, CX racing, chain lubricant clinic, old friend half bike hanging outside the building and my favorite… Bikeshop tour.also Tks Justin for showing me the map on the iPad. And y’all can reach me at Julio.mena@bikebarn.com and I’ll be happy to show you the bike trails in my area. Julio Mena Spring tx strava user, SBCU fit technician, cat 2 tmbra 7th overall, assistan manager at bike barn champions.

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