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Old 08-04-09, 10:40 AM   #1
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What tools do I need for this bike?

Here are the specs for my 2004 Bianchi Axis.

I got some birthday money and I want to spend it on some tools for doing some overhaul and maintenance. Maintenance would definitely be first priority over replacing parts. I really haven't played with bikes since I was a kid so I'm looking forward to getting my hands dirty. I don't have a huge budget (<$200) so I want to get the most important tools at the best price.

I don't require a bike stand.
I don't require any general purpose wrenches, screwdrivers or allen keys and I think I have a couple of cone wrenches at home.
I already have a torque wrench.
I do want to get a chain cleaner so that's part of my budget.

Things I think I need:
1. Chain Whip
2. Spline Lockring Tool
3. Crank Exractor/Puller
4. Bottom Bracket Tool

Questions:
Does my bike require any particular special version of the tools 2-4 above?
Do I really need a special chainring tool for removing chainrings? Can I make do with something else? I figure I can clean the chainrings well without having to remove them.
Do I really need a special pedal wrench?
How useful would it be to have a wire cutter and 4th hand tool?

Also my wife has a Giant hybrid bike which I think might have a freewheel and so I might need a freewheel remover.

Thanks for any help,

Jonno.
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Old 08-04-09, 12:18 PM   #2
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You haven't told us what components are on your bikes.


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Old 08-04-09, 12:31 PM   #3
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I'm sorry I thought this link which I provided in the original post would provide enough info.
I'll paste the specs in below just in case it's a problem for someone to get to.
If this list isn't detailed enough then I'd need some detailed instructions how to get more specific.

Components:
Component Group: Cyclocross Mix
Brakeset: Avid Shorty 6 brakes, Shimano 105 STI Dual Control levers
Shift Levers: Shimano 105 STI Dual Control
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105, top-pull/clamp-on
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
Crankset: Sugino XD-500D, 26/36/48 teeth
Pedals: WTB MP250 Stealth
Bottom Bracket: Cartridge, 107mm spindle
BB Shell Width: 68mm English
Rear Cogs: 9-speed, 11 - 32 teeth
Chain: Shimano CN-HG53, 1/2 x 3/32"
Seatpost: Bianchi alloy, 26.8mm diameter
Saddle: WTB Rocket V-Comp
Handlebar: Deda Elementi Piega
Handlebar Stem: Deda Elementi Linx
Headset: 1 1/8" threadless Tange Aheadset

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IMO, it's a bit premature to buy tools before anything needs to be fixed or serviced.

When you do need tools (assuming you have the full compliment of allen wrenches etc.), the first ones you're likely to need are a pedal wrench, a chain tool (unless your chain has a master link), and tire levers.

I have the Park chain cleaner and it's a lot of fun.

I've always wanted a Fourth Hand.
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The Park Tool 4th hand - or Cable-stretcher - is the best of the lot. I have a Hozan and a Pedros - which is the same as a lot of imports - and the Park one holds well and is the easiest to use. The Hozan is great, but it's really a 3rd hand.
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I got a big discount at Nashbar so I went ahead and got myself a basic toolkit and a chain cleaner.
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Most mechanics warn against that - myself included - as they contain tools you'll never use, and cheaper quality tools that will need replacement. They break or wear out. What is suggested is buying the very best quality available AS YOU NEED THE TOOL.

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