Bicycle Mechanics - Workshop toolkit Parktools AK37 alternatives.
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08-18-11, 06:08 AM
Considering doing some repair work for others. I'm not looking to tap/face or do advanced stuff, just the usual home repairs for people who cant/wont.
Most of my bike-specific tools are compact travelling style rather than workshop.
The Parktools AK37 kit looks like it will cover all usual functions with workshop style/grade tools.
Are there any other competative toolsets from other brands.
To my knowledge, there isn't any comparable package out there, but that doesn't mean you should buy this one.
While tool kit package deals represent a discount vs buying the contents separately, the savings rarely offsets the cost of tools that the buyer ends up never using.
Most folks tend to work on only one or a few bikes, often with similar components. That means they don't need various tools for freewheels or cassette, bottom brackets, headsets, etc. If you take the time to assess your specific needs, and add up their prices, you might find you can spend less that this package costs.
The other advantage of buying separately is that you can choose the best version of each tool, which may not be the same as what's in the Park package.
08-18-11, 08:25 AM
buy them as you need them and you will be better off.
get a good torque wrench too.
08-18-11, 08:27 AM
What I've been doing is just buy the tools I need as I need them for whatever job on the bike I'm doing. When I first started wrenching bikes a couple years ago, I bought a crank extractor, lockring wrench, pin wrench and a pair the appropriate cone wrenchs that I needed to overhaul the BB, hubs and headset on my specific bike. Since then, I've added a few here and there for different bikes/jobs. Doing it this way spreads out the cost a little and ensures that I don't end up with tools I'll never use. And like mentioned above, you're not tied to one particular manufacturer's offering of tools.
08-18-11, 09:43 AM
+1 on all the above/
08-24-11, 01:33 PM
Hi, you sound as though you quite experienced bike mechanic. I am trying to research a business concept in the area of bike servicing. Are you in the london area by any chance as would value a chat or email exchange. I can tell you more if we can email direct.
Thanks in advance.
truly, piecemealing is best. buy the best you can afford. if you buy the less sturdy tools, be aware of their limitations and work within them.
you get a few pounds ahead then upgrade.
i have been perusing the cyclo brand tools (uk made), but not available through any usa distributors. their site:
cyclo is part of the weld-tite family. i haven't seen a kit offered by them. they have a list of local dealers in england.
best of british luck.
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