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    Most complete tool kit around 250?

    I have searched, and all i have found are subjects cantered around CHEAP kits. I have a cheap kit, ad it sucks. everything bends

    I have two FG, and a 1987 Bridgestone road bike, all require normal maintenance, and i perform regular teardowns, lubes, etc etc.

    What would be a good kit to get guys?
    I have a mishmash of tools, but none are up to par with the quality i like, so im open to advice.

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    You asked for it:

    http://www.parktool.com/products/det...=6&item=MK-187

    In reality, the best tool-kit is one you assemble yourself by buying the best quality (ask around) tools there are - as you need them.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

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    if i wanted to buy tools individually, it would cost almost 380.00 for almost all the tools i need.

    If i wanted to buy stuff individually i would. but i dont

    was thinking of ponying up and buying this
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PDLRVS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panthers007 View Post
    You asked for it:

    http://www.parktool.com/products/det...=6&item=MK-187

    In reality, the best tool-kit is one you assemble yourself by buying the best quality (ask around) tools there are - as you need them.
    +1 Assemble them as you need them. Get a really good set of cable cutters and a really good chain tool.

    That Park Tool kit on Amazon has a lot of tools in it that I would not want/I already have. I don't need Park branded screw drivers. I already have a drawer full.

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    First, I'm mostly a lurker, and not a mechanic. But I do some work on my bikes myself. That said, I was looking at this:
    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...8_10000_201540

    It was $269.99 a few weeks ago. But I see now the price is higher. Sometimes Nashbar will have 20% off sales, and I'm waiting until then to get the Park set.

    Another cheaper one is:
    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_10000_201508

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    +1 Assemble them as you need them. Get a really good set of cable cutters and a really good chain tool.

    That Park Tool kit on Amazon has a lot of tools in it that I would not want/I already have. I don't need Park branded screw drivers. I already have a drawer full.
    so do i, but they are worn from years of building cars and stuff. its always good to have fresh screwdrivers around

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    Quote Originally Posted by jformsma@mac.co View Post
    First, I'm mostly a lurker, and not a mechanic. But I do some work on my bikes myself. That said, I was looking at this:
    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...8_10000_201540

    It was $269.99 a few weeks ago. But I see now the price is higher. Sometimes Nashbar will have 20% off sales, and I'm waiting until then to get the Park set.

    Another cheaper one is:
    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_10000_201508
    its 200ish other places

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    I don't need park alan keys either. The nice husky set I got at home depot has done me just fine. In a kit you pay a lot of money for things you can get cheaper elsewhere.

    The advanced mechanic kit has an external bb tool, not sure if you need that. It seems to be LACKING regular old fixed cup and lockring tools. Not sure when it became ok not to have those. The portable kit also lacks those. So I hope all your bbs are external, and that you won't be working on any older bikes, but to me that's a +1 for buying tools as needed. Sucks to know if you bought the priciest track bb around (Sugino 75), you wouldn't be able to install it.

    I rebuild bikes from home for a living, and this set of cone wrenches has served me every bit as well as the Parks would have: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/148...ch-7pc-Set.htm

    I've used both, and they're nearly identical. I've probably overhauled two hundred wheels with these in the past year, and not a lick of damage. Leads me to believe their other tools are probably good too, though I haven't tried them.

    If you have cup and spindle bottom brackets or fixed gears, everyone knows the Hozan is the best lockring tool around.

    Other than that, save some $ and get this: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/148...ch-7pc-Set.htm

    This looks just as good as the park. I'm sure it is: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail.htm...98&hprice=8.98. I have the pro version, but if I wanted an affordable one, I'd go with that over the cheapo Park they put in the kit. The handle looks more comfortable than the park hard plastic.

    I build many wheels, and like the pedros spoke wrenches better than the park ones, and I recommend those anyway. The Park cable cutter is pretty good, but you don't need a park pedal wrench.

    You'll get more bang for your buck if you go a la carte.
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    Buying a tool kit is likely to cost more, since it will have tools you probably don't need.

    I can build up a bike with an integrated headset using very few tools. I need a 4-5-6 Y-style hex wrench, an ordinary 5mm hex wrench, a cassette lockring tool, a BB cup tool, a 10mm hex socket (for the Campy UT fixing bolt), a torque wrench, a 15mm cone wrench, cable cutters, a small screwdriver, a hacksaw, a T25 torx screwdriver (for the new Campy shifters) and a pedal wrench. I also need the Campy 11 speed chain tool.

    Excluding the chain tool that I paid $140 for, the remainder don't cost all that much and several are not bike specific.

    I have a headset installation tool, that I've probably used twice. I got it just before integrated headsets became the most common and haven't used it since 2003.

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    Actually this kit doesn't look half bad. I'm surprised: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/182...--37-Tools.htm.

    All you'd need are cup and spindle bottom bracket tools, and I can't vouch for the cable cutters either way as I've never used them. Their cone wrenches are very good, so I assume their other hardened steel tools are good as well. I'd probably get some Pedros spoke wrenches, at least in red and black. Looks like a nice kit at a nice price to me. Only example of a kit being cheaper, well picked enough, and of high enough quality to recommend over a la carte that I've ever seen.
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    yeah, i deff need bottom bracket tools. Either way i tore down one bike, and put together another one last night with the tools i have. but it took longer than i wanted lol.

    i might just go alacarte

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    Performance Bike has a tool kit that's not half bad. Here's the link to it. I'm not sure I'd spend $200 on it, but when I got mine it was on sale for $120 and there was a 20% off special going on and then I got the 10% store credit thing going on too.

    At ~ $90, it was a pretty good deal. The tools aren't the best available, but they're adequate, and I find that I have what I need most of the time in that box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yokotas13 View Post
    everything bends
    If your tools are bending, then you're not using them right. It takes a certain degree of skill to apply force in this direction, but not in that direction.

    Granted that the tools in cheap kits (at least the ones I've seen) aren't great, but nothing should bend.
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