mechanic starter set
hi everybody! (first post)
i'm a peace corps volunteer in africa (uganda) and i ride a specialized hardrock. no clue what year it is and the only identifiers on it are "double butted 4130" and "crmo chromium molybdenum."
as you can guess riding here is tough; dusty dirt roads, terrible pavement, lots of mud when it rains, and lots of rain when it rains. i'd like to be able to do repairs on the bike myself because ugandan bike mechanics, from what i've seen, tend to just bang on the bike with a hammer. to that end i'm looking to get a set of tools that will enable me to do the following repairs
repack bearings in the headset
repack bearings in the bottom bracket
repack bearings in the wheel hubs, front and rear
replace the cassette or set of cogs in the rear note
replace the chain rings
replace the chain
i anticipate having to repack bearings often because of the dust and mud i ride in. most of these things i've done at one time or another at the local bike shop when i was in college so i'm confident i can actually perform the repairs (and where i'm not i can google). so i'd like some advice on a starter set of tools that i'll have sent to me (weight isn't a big deal). i could google what the particular tool for each job is called and then search for it but i figured someone might have a good catch-all solution. maybe an adjustable flat-wrench? that'd be awesome. also i was hoping someone could maybe tell me a way to figure out what size flat wrenches and etc i need for my bike without taking it apart and using calipers. though i'm considering getting a decent set of wrenches so i can help other volunteers do these repairs...
i have 2 of those little repair kits that people usually put in saddle pouches that have a few allen wrenches, a few spoke wrenches, and one of them has a chain tool (but it's not a good one) hence i can (and do) perform basic preventative maintenance like oiling the brake cables and replacing break pads.
can someone tell me a quick way to figure out whether i have a cassette or cog set? i know on a cog set the smallest cog is a locking ring but i don't know how to recognize that.
cross-posted at adventurecycling so i can get as much advice as possible so plz don't be mad
Last edited by ice109; 05-23-11 at 03:24 AM.