I am going to be building a bike for the first time this winter. Can you please recommend a good tool kit to complete the build? If a tool kit is not necessary, do you have any suggestions on specific tools?
FYI: I am building up a 2006 Felt F3c with DuraAce. The wheel set is still undecided. Let me know if you have any suggestions for $400 range.
2004 Litespeed Siena, 1996 Litespeed Obed, 1992 Miele (unknown model), 1982 Meile Uno LS.
My dad has the best tool kit, he's a TV repairman.
I prefer the do it yourself toolkit. For a bike build you'll need:
Metric allen keys. Ones with the ball end on the long side will make your life easier. You won't need anything larger than 8mm
appropriate crank/BB tools
appropriate cassette lockring tool
#1 & #2 phillips screwdriver
1/4" flat screwdriver
Nice to have but not mandatory:
pedal wrench (I rarely use mine anymore- new pedals can be installed and removed with the allen keys)
third hand tool (I pretty much only use mine for the front derailleur)
In addition to that, you'll need some grease, a bag of rags, and some patience.
You'll also need someone to face your head tube and press in your headset cups- unless you're building a lot of bikes it's best just to get the LBS to do this for you IMO. My shop presses them in for free (I wouldn't try asking if you just bought all the parts online though)