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    List of tools that are not required but make repair/maintenance so much easier?

    can i get a list?

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    Anyone of those home mechanic packs from Nashbar or Performance will do. I'm pretty sure they've done the research and the stuff that comes inside it are pretty much what you'll need 99% of the time. It also depends on what type of bike you have...mtb? road bike? cruiser? do you have disk brakes?
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    Hmmm...

    Metric hex-wrench set with sizes up to at least 8mm (actually this is pretty much a requirement)
    Chain whip + casette removal socket/tool (not necessary but definitely handy)

    And that should be it for 95% of regular maintenance and alot of install/repair jobs on most bikes.

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    Buy a kit, it is cheaper that way. Search eBay - my roommate got me a pretty good set up for $50.

    A good way to look at it is this. Go find the portable bike tool with the most stuff in it (probably the most expensive) and that would be everything you need plus odds and ends like a pump.
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    A great pedal wrench with a long handle really helps. I use an ELDI, bought from Rivendell or Harris.

    Fourth hand tool really helps, as well.

    It also depends on what kind of bikes you're working on. Good luck.

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    Air Bob

    biketoolsetc.com has something similar but it won't hit the on-line catalog until later today.

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    If I understand the question, you're saying you've got all the normal bike-specific tools, but what other tools do people find themselves reaching for all the time?

    Needle-nosed pliers, rubber mallet, and tweezers. Grease injector ***. A Dremel tool.

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    What I like better than a rubber mallet is a dead blow hammer. Soft face, lead shot inside. Use with care, but it moves things very well without rebound. Vernier calipers, for accurate measuring up to about 6 inches. I have a retro one without a digital guage that is 30 years old and still works great.

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    A church key.

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    long hexs as you get better leverage and theres a smaller chance of rounding the bolts!

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    Just checked OP's most recent thread. Another one-post, ambiguous question followed by about ten responses. Beware the troll, and refrain from indulging his baiting posts.

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    Um, I'm a troll for asking about tools that help wrenching???? Who am I attacking and what kind of outragous questions am I asking???

    My question is...what kind of tools help make the job easier but are not REQUIRED. Like a third hand tool. Not required but makes adjusting brakes EASIER. I'm going to start wrecnching and I want to make life as EASY as possible, that is why I'm asking this question. I already have a PArk AK0-32 tool set and I assume I can do most basic tasks, but I want to buy anything that makes maintenance easier and quicker that is not already included in my tool kit. What kind of troll asks these questions?

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    Hmmm. Good point. My Ignore list just got a little longer.

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    Ok, great. You guys are crazy. I'm asking an hoinest question and just because I don't post here 100x a day and am new I get labelled as a troll. Tell me where I have attacked someone, offered bad advice or exhibited troll behavior. You can't BECAUSE IM NOT A TROLL.

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    Cable pullers, torque wrench, giant cheater pipe.
    Seriously though, threads like these aren't actually very useful - it's much better to acquire tools, especially convenience tools, as you require them or if you perform those tasks frequently rather than attempting to assemble a complete library of specialty tools /before/ you need them or understand their purpose.
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    Doubt the dude is a troll. This place has gotten so bad that I should be calling you guys cynical.
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    Felco C-7 cable and housing cutter. Probably won't find it for sale at your bike store but may be on the mechanic's bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by registered usar
    Um, I'm a troll for asking about tools that help wrenching???? Who am I attacking and what kind of outragous questions am I asking???

    My question is...what kind of tools help make the job easier but are not REQUIRED. Like a third hand tool. Not required but makes adjusting brakes EASIER. I'm going to start wrecnching and I want to make life as EASY as possible, that is why I'm asking this question. I already have a PArk AK0-32 tool set and I assume I can do most basic tasks, but I want to buy anything that makes maintenance easier and quicker that is not already included in my tool kit. What kind of troll asks these questions?
    Then state your original questions better. Easier but not required(saving a trip to the LBS) headset press, fork threading device, torque wrench, frame spreading device(for making old steel frames modern) spoke tension tool, tire/rim tool, bench stand, chain wear tool, truing stand. All you can get by without and all make life easier. I am sure there are many more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vpiuva
    Felco C-7 cable and housing cutter. Probably won't find it for sale at your bike store but may be on the mechanic's bench.
    The Pedro's tool looks suspiciously similar to this. I wonder if they're the same?


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    Quote Originally Posted by peripatetic
    Just checked OP's most recent thread. Another one-post, ambiguous question followed by about ten responses. Beware the troll, and refrain from indulging his baiting posts.
    THis is the second thread where you have been antagonizing this member. What gives? These are perfectly legitimate posts. In fact this is a good thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis
    THis is the second thread where you have been antagonizing this member. What gives? These are perfectly legitimate posts. In fact this is a good thread.
    Yep, I don't get it either. There is nothing trollish about OP's behaviour. This is not your usual Bike Mech thread (most are about a very specific problem or bike part or whatever) but it does fit the theme of the forum and it is kinda fun.

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    To answer the question: one can get by with just an adjustable wrench, but it is nice to have actual wrenches of set sizes. They fit so much better.

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    I'll join this thread too. My candidates are a small magnetic pickup and a pair of fairly large tweezers. The former greatly eases the job of removing loose bearing balls from hubs and the later makes the new ones easier to place in the races.

    A locking hemostat can be used as a pair of small pliers and as a clamp.

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    I agree with most of the suggestions offered so far. Other handy non-bike-specific tools are:
    Vise grip
    Large adjustable wrench
    Good slip joint pliers (in addition to long nosed already mentioned)
    Wire cutters
    Hack saw
    Bench Grinder
    Metric tape measure
    Electric drill and set of drill bits
    Set of metal files
    Screw driver set
    Sandpaper (assorted grit)
    Bench vise
    Gear puller
    Punch set
    Metric tap and die set
    Ice pick (or awl)
    Soldering iron
    There must be more that I can't think of at the moment
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    Bench vise is a must-have.

    Good hollow-ground screwdrivers. Never used for prying, and kept sharp.

    Not necessarily tap-and-die set, but a good set of thread chasers. Taps are designed to cut; chasers are designed to clean and shape.

    Alignment punches (can be used for light whacking in a pinch).

    Good readable metric rule.

    Just about anything from Jim Stein.

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