When you started to invest in bike tools, did you throw down 289.00 for the AK-17 kit, or did you buy piecemeal? I worked with a guy for a short time with the whole kit, never got the chance to use every tool in it. But it was fairly nice.
Now that I have to work on my own, I am trying to figure out: Is it more cost effective to buy each piece as I need them, rather than the whole kit? Don't they jack up the price for each piece? I haven't had time to crunch the numbers.
In the kit, you pay for some stuff like the chain cleaner which will probably break, and some other stupid stuff like screwdrivers. I do like the brake wrenches, but you could probably tape an 8 MM and a 10 MM Sears together and there you go. I do want the tri- hex wrenches, though. Much faster than my Autozone sets.
A friend of mine has a nice set, he used to be a bike mechanic. He's very anal, which is the only way to be with bikes. He has about 6 personal bikes in his basement.
I noticed his set didn not contain 389 pieces in a huge box, it appeared that he had the most commonly used tools.
I do a lot of retro classic bikes now, steer clear of post 1990 shimano index and the stuff I need to go to bike-college for... Reading the Park Tools website gives me a headache. Right now, I can handle pretty much everything except wheel builds.
Thoughts? reccomendations? I'm targeting the major stuff right now, it just kills me that a bottom bracket tool that looks like a piece of stamped steel costs 20.00. This guy has campy cone wrenches, I mean how cool is that? Ebay has not produced anything amazingly noteworthy.
He's helped me out a lot, my speed has increased tenfold with better tool organization. I don't have a tool-board, because I work in my apartment. We built a stand out of steel pipe, and it rocks!! I like it better than a Park stand. He taught me how to true wheels, and other stuff.
I just feel guilty hitting this guy up for info all the time, he has a kid and works 60 hour weeks, so I hit his garage for an hour once in a while, and try to bring him bike stuff for his kid.
It's great, though to have a mentor who can pass it on. The sad thing is he got divorced recently so he has no time to ride all his beautiful bikes that he built. Like most folks now, he's probably struggling to make ends meet.
So any vet advice much apprec. Trying to pique the brain of a full-time bike shop mechanic helps too but it's not easy. They get burned out.
I've read all the Sheldon Brown stuff and watched videos...
Things are going fairly well, though, sold a beautiful 21" Univega today to a nice middle aged woman who actually knows how to shift a friction shifter. This was a needle in a haystack. The bike ran great.
You know what the best thing is? These "bike boom bikes" are now getting back into a second bike boom.
After being forgotten, they are getting a second chance... This Univega was given to me by this mechanic guy, who was going to eventually put his kid on it, but he'd have to wait 5 years for him to grow and the bike was in the way. I'm sure you've all been through that scenario.