Bicycle Mechanics - Pro Shop tool on budget
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02-10-09, 12:52 PM
Any suggestions of where to buy a full shop tool kit for the best price.
I am in need of a truing stand, dish guage, tension meter, cone wrenches, freewheel removers, headset press, bearing press.
My main work will be vintage bicycles.
Any tips appreciated. I'd love to get all I need for under 3,000$
02-10-09, 01:30 PM
ask around town at other bike shops. they probably know of one going under. bike shops go under all the time.
02-10-09, 01:45 PM
That shopping list can be had for under 1k at full retail.
truing stand, dish guage, tension meter = 300
freewheel removers = 20
headset press, bearing press = 300
02-10-09, 02:15 PM
Is this for a hobby? How often will you be using your tool set? The more often you use it, the more you should invest. I have a light hobby of fixing bikes, and I'm doing fine with a bike stand and a truing stand that are less than professional quality.
Check the sales on nashbar.com. I see they're currently having a sale on tools.
02-10-09, 05:51 PM
The question about purchasing a tool-kit v. buying the tools you need one (or 3) at a time was just gone over exhaustively in this thread:
I suggest you read it before you buy.
02-10-09, 08:31 PM
How about this... Park Tool's MK-187. Not for a person on a budget though. I drooled when I saw this for the first time :)
02-10-09, 11:18 PM
You would be paying for the Park name on many of the tools there. Such as screwdrivers, hex-wrenches, and box-wrenches. You can find equal (or better) quality at your local Sears store - for less money.
02-11-09, 05:37 PM
If you can find a shop that will sell you wholesale, the whole, everything but the kitchen sink, park tool set comes in around that price.
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