Bicycle Mechanics - which kit
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this may be a tired subject, but...
or something comparable for under $100?
i already have multiple adjustable wrenches, scredwriver, wrench and socket sets.
thanks for your expertise
from a 1960 Schwinn to 2005 Bianchi
and planning on 2 conversions of 80s road bikes
should i just piece it together?
read some very different opinions on this
01-29-09, 08:01 PM
I don't recommend that people buy sets of tools - whether cheapies or top-flight. One is bound to encounter duplication, as well as ending up paying for tools one will never use. I advise people to buy tools as they find them needed. Or with foresight - look at the bicycle(s) one will be working on and analyze what will need to be serviced, and go from there.
I don't recommend that people buy sets of tools
+1. Start with a good set of allen wrenches to do basic tune ups; then pick up more specialized stuff tools as projects dictate.
01-30-09, 10:01 PM
In general, I agree with the above. However, in the special case where you can pick up a relatively minimal bike-specific tool kit for a low price (e.g. $35), it's worth considering as long as you will be making use of most of those bike-specific tools. I was able to do so with a Sette Torx ST-21 tool kit for under $35, but I wouldn't buy it for the current $47 price.
So far, I've used the chain whip, cone wrenches, pedal wrench, bottom-bracket tool, cassette tool, crankarm puller and chain tool from the kit; the allen wrenches, screwdriver, and tire irons have come in handy as well, but you'd probably want better quality ones for "shop" use. In any case, I've used all but one or two of the tools in the kit, so I got good value for my money. I've been working on 1990 through current low-to-mid-end mountain bikes, mostly with square-taper BBs, and all the wheel hubs I've overhauled have been standard Shimano models.
Additional tools I've found to be essential are a pair of beam-type torque wrenches covering the full torque range on bikes (you can use more expensive TRs, too, but make sure they can apply torque in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions), metric hex-key sockets in short and long lengths to fit the TRs and my ratchets, a Torx T-25 socket for disc brakes, and a good cable/housing cutter.
good food for thought. thanks for all the feedback!
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