Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Camp Hill, PA
Bikes: Too many to list here check my signature.
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I do not understand wat you mean by tool kits from the original manufacturer. IMHO for bike spefic tools like cone, brake, HS, BB tools Park makes the best tools for the money. there are better ones Campi, Stein, VAR but those are more shop and frame builder tools.
the tool kit itself it really depends on what you expect to be doing. chances are you just need basic Allen and combination wrenches, some wire cutters and screwdrivers.
basically you just need the tools you would use for fixing a flat or replacing a cable. unless you are going as a mechanic for your team than you need HS and BB tools for what your team uses.
for charity rides or as our team mechanic I just took my 4 drawer Craftsman tool box wiht most of my tools crammed into it. but it either stayed in the van or hotel room.
if you intend to work in a 'pit' or neutral support vehicle mechanic all you need is a good Y wrench, pair good slip joint pliers and small screwdriver. you only have seconds to do something, if you have to dig for tool it is not worth doing. the racer may never catch up and you need to stay with the pack. I left a girl almost crying along the road once, but the USCF Official told the van driver to GO!
Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,
Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SOLD, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape