Call me The Breeze
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Corbyville Ontario
Bikes: 2004 Litespeed Siena, 1996 Litespeed Obed, 1992 Miele (unknown model), 1982 Meile Uno LS.
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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
- chain breaker
- cable/housing cutters
- #1 & #2 phillips screwdriver
- 1/4" flat screwdriver
Nice to have but not mandatory:
- tire levers
- 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)