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#1 of 6 Old 04-02-2011, 07:25 PM - Thead Starter
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I posted this to my little group on facebook, thought it might be useful

set of good quality metric allen wrenches. I buy Craftsman brand generally, quality matters in tools you will use a lot.

Screwdriver set, including a smaller phillips

small set of metric combination (open end and box end) wrenches

3/8 drive metric socket set. I also have a set of 1/4 inch drive I like a lot because they are small and some 1/2 inch for the occasional big jobs with a breaker bar, but 3/8 is the starter set Knife

diagonal cutters

vice grips, god love them

rags, lube, solvent, grease, motor oil for chain

 

Now, some special tools you need just for a bike -

able cutters (don't try to cut cables with your diagonal cutters) -

lock ring tool to remove the splined lock ring on your rear cassette -

some cranks require a special tool to tighter the 2 halfs together, for shimano it's just a simple plastic thing -

a tool to remove bottom bracket cups, shimano makes a cheap one -

some sort of tool to press out chain rivets. Park makes some nice ones,

I have a big one for the toolbox and a little guy that I carry on the mountain bike or winter bike. If you train with a fixed gear in winter, Its not a bad idea to carry one and know how to use it, fixed gears can break crains that's all I can think of for a basic set, what am i missing??

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If you're going to have a lock ring tool for the rear cassette, don't you also need a chain whip tool?

 

Bike repair stand.  I think that you've mentioned you also just tie two ropes to the ceiling and hang your bike from those while you work, but I love working on my bike when its up in my Park repair stand.  So much nicer than fiddling with it on the ground.  Even if I'm just cleaning the muck out of the crevices.

 

2 sets of brushes, one for the frame and one for the drivetrain.

 

I think you hit the big ones.  I'm also a big fan of the 'Zinn and the Art of road/triathlon bike maintenance' books for those of us who are not mechanically intuitive.

 

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I have the park consumer stand, it sees a lot of use


 

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I have a park, but now that my Guru has this big flat-ass carbon seatpost I cannot get it to grip. Should I sell it or you guys got any ideas?

 

btw this is great. I've been starting to build up my tool inventory AND learning how to use them, I tore down and put together my bike for both legs of it's journey to Vegas last week and I didn't screw too much up. Apparently did lose or damage a spacer, so the front end made noise and turned me into a downhill pansy. But other than that, it survived.  Although I don't know how many trips this box will survive, MAN they are rough at UPS

 

Next step is to learn to take the cables off (and put on) so I can ship in my smaller hardshell case and bring on an airplane methinks.


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You mention craftsman. Most of my "normal" tools are craftsman but most of my bike stuff is Pedro Brothers or Park - any comments? (except OMG Ron has TOOLS?!)


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Park consumer grade is fine for the kind of infrequent use that that any of us put bike tools through.  I have sockets that are 35 years old, but bike tools almost all become obsolete because of equipment changes, so they just need to be decent.  The one exception is a floor pump, my first silca is still pumping since 1985, though the new ones are junky.

 

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