Firstly I'll make the traditional newbie apology for asking too many, no doubt stupid, questions and obviously failing to weed out useful answers from the dark depths of the search forums function.
I have just got my hands on a 1994/5 diamondback ascent and need to do some work on it. Problem is I am in Hanoi, Vietnam and very few bike specific tools are available. I will need to get virtually everything send from home. I am posting here to make sure I don't make any purchasing errors when getting tools and parts together as it is not like I can pop down to the bike shop and I am new to this game.
So, first off I need to service the hubs.
Front is Shimano stx HB-MC30
Rear is Shimano stx FH-MC30
After plenty of confusion as to whether the rear hub is a freehub and cassette or freewheel (caused by a post here stating that all stx rear hubs are freewheel hubs) I am 99% sure that the rear hub is a freehub with cassette (I suppose the part number is a clue...) and I have included a photo.
I have a horrible feeling that they may be beyond repair after noticing the front hub making an infrequent but loud click noise (especially when rotating the wheel backwards) I notice this most when trueing the wheel because it sometimes causes the rim to skip to one side towards the brake pad (note this is random and it is not because the wheel is out of true).
For this first post I hope someone can tell me what size cone wrenches I need to take the hubs apart (and the minimum number).
What tools I need to remove the cassette from the freehub. (again the bare minimum requirement/diy options welcome as I am on a tight budget)
And what tools I need to service the bottom bracket. Not sure which crank puller to go for and can't find a part number for the bottom bracket.
Would I also need to order shimano bearings? And is it wise to order a good tube of grease while I'm at it? (not sure of the quality of stuff found here)
Once again sorry for such a long post, I have spent ages trawling the search function but never seem to find specific answers. It would be very stupid of me to order a load of stuff and wait 3 weeks for it to get here only to find I got the wrong size wrench or something.
PS. can't seem to load Image from computer but the cassette looks just like this one from Sheldon Browns page, except the writing on the lockring says: SHIMANO HYPER GLIDE-C