I found this aphorism regarding basic tools jotted in the page margin of a radio service manual from my long-ago Motorola days. I translated it to english, so I hope it makes sense:
"An open-end adjustable wrench makes a better hammer than a hammer makes an open-end adjustable wrench."
So, if you only have money for ONE tool, you now know which one to buy.
Here's more truth-
Never use pliers where a wrench is intended.
Always grease your threads never grease your,(BB spindle), flats.
Sumanitu taka owaci
A tool I am never without is my pocket comb. After using "irons" to pry my tire off the rim when changing a flat, I stick my comb in there and "zzzzzip," off comes the tire. My comb is very gentle to my tire beads.
And I really like those jazzy dark streaks in my hair...
Last edited by LittleBigMan; 03-30-01 at 11:50 AM.
The best tool in terms of cost of tool/cost of damage tool can do if used incorrectly just has to be a little plastic spoke key.