Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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The Park AK-37 (or whatever) too kit is probably overkill and will have tools you don't need. If you're only working on one bike, or multiples with similar components you only need a few tools which you can buy as needed.
the list varies and is specific to your bike.
Basides basic stuff, you'll need in no particular order
a set of hex keys, including at least 3, 4,5, & 6mm, with 5 and 6mm most important.
a crank puller, of which there are two basic sized, one for square taper, and one for the larger splined spindles. Some models can do both.
a pedal wrench
hub cone wrenches to fit your hubs, a pair is needed for each hub, but often the same pair for front an rear. Many moern ubs don't use cone wrenches, so this might be a pass.
a spoke wrench to fit your nipples. three common sizes of which you only need one or two for now.
Bottom bracket tools, either 2 or three flat spanners for older cup and cone models, or one splined tool for modern internal cartridge style, or a external spanner for external cartridge models.
cable cutters, diagonal cutters will do, but cable cutters do it nicer and reducing the risk of fraying.
chain tool for cutting chains, for closing you need a special tool for Shimano pins, or can use connectors which don't use tools.
Those are the basics, and will cost far less than a kit. There are others, like a gear hanger gauge, but you can cross that bridge when you get to it. Buy them as you go along when you need them.
I'm not a fan of working upside down on the floor, but if you have exposed rafters in your garage you can hang your bike by the handlebars and seat using ropes strung from the rafters. This is the way most shops in Europe work on bikes.
That's it for starters, have fun.
headset tools, either one or two flat wrenches, usually 32mm, or a hex key for threadless.
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