Bicycle Mechanics - Super B tools
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03-10-09, 01:27 PM
Chucksbikes.com has a kit for $50, about 1/4 of the price of the park ak 37. The tool selection seems to be comparable. Is this brand of reasonable quality, or am I better off paying more for better tools one at a time as I need them?
03-10-09, 01:36 PM
One at a time will get you a better collection at a more reasonable overall price in the end. I went the "cheap" kit route initially and have had to replace many of them. In the end, it would have actually cost a little less to buy just the needed tools as I learned.
03-10-09, 01:41 PM
personally I would buy the better tools , they are make better and can do the job better. if you use the tools once yes goes with the cheaper ones but then again who uses tools only once ?
03-10-09, 01:58 PM
Most cheap tool-kits can be regarded as disposable. Follow the advice of amassing a collection, as needed, of top-quality tools - whether for bicycle-work or home-repair. Start at the top, and there's nowhere to go but down.
03-10-09, 02:14 PM
Then again, how much wrenching are you going to be doing? I got one and have been fairly pleased. I used it to build up a tandem. For infrequent use, I think the tools give a good starting point.
03-10-09, 02:23 PM
Nothing like grabbing that wrench you bought for bikes (cheap) to perform an emergency repair under the sink <splish-splash>, and having it break!
03-10-09, 02:24 PM
I was going to agree with the posters above, but then I looked at the tool kit...
It seems to be stocked with the tools you need to do most maintenance on a modern bike, as long as you have the right bottom bracket and casette to work with the included spline tools.
However, some of the stuff included is likely of very cheap quality... I am thinking specifically of the 4-size cone wrenches (two sizes per end with stepped openings), and the chain cleaning box.
Further, if the spoke keys and chain breaker are not made to very tight tolerences, they will cause mor eproblems then they will solve.
If I were you I would buy the kit (at $50 it is hard to go wrong) then pay close attention to the tools and replace with better quality before they wear out and start wrecking the bike.
03-10-09, 03:54 PM
LD said it well.
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