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Mar 2, 2016
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I once thought it was a good idea to try out big toe bails on my BD Snaggletooths, then go back to the little ones. Now I want to get the big ones back on there so they fit on my ski boots. Is there a magical bail-changing procedure that doesn't involve snapping tendons, putting a dozen holes in my hands/gloves/crotch, and generally making me want to buy two pairs of the same crampon so I never have to do this again? Todd Anderson
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 6, 2011
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Mar 2, 2016
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Something analogous to a really large set of retaining ring pliers would be ideal. Even if you had a set of larger needlenose pliers, you might be able to place them inside of the toe bails, and then open the pliers. That might give you the extra leverage that you need to stretch the toe bail off.

On a semi-related note, what do you think of the Snaggletooths? Good option as a do-it-all neve-ice-mixed-alpine crampon?
Gavin W
Joined Feb 19, 2015
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Mar 2, 2016
basket hitch a sling through the bail, pull to the side. Jon Rhoderick
Joined Jul 21, 2009
823 points
Mar 2, 2016
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Basket hitch a sling or a hank of webbing around the bail giving you a loop to pull on. Hold the crampon with a leather glove in the other hand. Jason Todd
From Cody, WY
Joined Apr 21, 2012
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Mar 2, 2016
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Just used a girth hitch instead of a basket hitch. Thanks everyone! Todd Anderson
From Seattle, WA
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Mar 2, 2016
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I shove my large bastard file in there and use it as a lever. jon jugenheimer
From Madison
Joined Apr 24, 2006
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Mar 2, 2016
A pry bar makes it basically no effort. Connor F-M
From Lafayette, CO
Joined Apr 9, 2012
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Mar 2, 2016
jon jugenheimer wrote:
I shove my large bastard file in there and use it as a lever.


I'd be careful about that. A small dent or nick in the bail will act as a stress riser and can somewhat increase the risk of breakage. It happened to me.
Gunkiemike
Joined Jul 29, 2009
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Mar 2, 2016
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I use the strap that is already on the crampon. I pin the crampon on its side between my feet with good shoes on. Thread the strap through the bail and pull up on it. Works great at removing and reinstalling toe bails. Sunny-D
From SLC, Utah
Joined Aug 2, 2006
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Mar 2, 2016
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I put a small dent or nick in the bail every time I mix Climb. Good thing i swap out new pons almost every season. jon jugenheimer
From Madison
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Mar 4, 2016
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Use your ice tool, easy to leverage off Brandonian
Joined Mar 22, 2015
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Mar 4, 2016
Clamp the toe bail in a bench vise, then move the crampon relative to that. Had to do this on the Lynx, those suckers are hard to swap. GregMiller
From Louisville, CO
Joined Jul 23, 2012
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