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    I let the dogs out AlphaDogg's Avatar
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    What's your favorite/most used tool?

    My local Performance bike shop moved, so they had a grand opening at their new location. Both this weekend and last weekend, they were giving away $20 of in-store credit to the first 100 people at the store each day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). That's $6,000 per weekend! I went last weekend with my dad and we got $40 of credit. We got a pair of sunglasses, bar tape, and some other goodies. This morning, we went and again got $40 of credit. I got a jersey that was originally $70, marked down to $50 for 50% off. With the credit, that made it only $5. Talk about a steal! But for tools, I was contemplating between a Park CN-10 (cable cutter, $37.95) or a Park FR-5G (SRAmano cassette lockring remover, $8) and a "Spin Doctor" chainwhip. I decided that I wouldn't use the cable cutter all that much (though I have been using the one at the co-op a lot because I just converted to white cables) and got the lockring tool and chainwhip. I will be using them about twice a month to clean my drivetrain. So I scored $105 worth of stuff for only $8 out of pocket (entirely legally too! )

    Tl;dr: If you had to choose one tool that you use/like the most, what would it be?
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    I have a Giant tool. I don't use it much but its got all the essentials if I need to do an adjustment when I'm on the road. I've shown it to my neighbor and she was impressed by all the things it could do.

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    My favorite tool is the one that you use when you need it. The one I enjoy the most is my Park TS-2 truing stand. Used it today BTW. Messing with wheels is almost meditative.

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    I am planning on going to the colorado store tomorrow morning what time did you get there? As for my favorite tool it has to be my nashbar multitool. That multitool has helped me out a lot with adjustments here and there while out riding. I even use it when I am at home because its easy to find (always in the saddle bag).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mondo734 View Post
    I am planning on going to the colorado store tomorrow morning what time did you get there? As for my favorite tool it has to be my nashbar multitool. That multitool has helped me out a lot with adjustments here and there while out riding. I even use it when I am at home because its easy to find (always in the saddle bag).
    They open at 9am. I got there last Saturday morning at 8:30 and there was a line. By the time they opened, there were at least 60 people there. This morning, I got there at 8:50 and there were about 2 people. By the time they opened, there were about 5 people. I think all of the "hype" was last weekend. But if you want to guarantee a spot, you should be there by 8:45.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
    They open at 9am. I got there last Saturday morning at 8:30 and there was a line. By the time they opened, there were at least 60 people there. This morning, I got there at 8:50 and there were about 2 people. By the time they opened, there were about 5 people. I think all of the "hype" was last weekend. But if you want to guarantee a spot, you should be there by 8:45.
    Cool thanks for the advice Ill try to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mondo734 View Post
    Cool thanks for the advice Ill try to do that.
    Good luck! If you need help with anything mechanical, talk to Kurt, the mechanic there. He's fantastic!
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    Not the most used, but my favorite tool is the Park headset cup removing tool I got for $3, it makes the job so nice!

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    Its a toss up between an allen Y wrench or bench top allen key set with long shanks and hex ball on one end. It used to be my 8,9,10 y wrench but It has gone down the list since allen heads are more common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
    If you had to choose one tool that you use/like the most, what would it be?
    Use the most is easy - my 5mm allen wrench.

    My favorite tool might be my derailleur hanger alignment gauge because it's allowed me to, in just a few minutes, fix the shifting on some bikes that had stumped some pretty good mechanics. Anything that makes people think that I'm smarter than I really am is good.

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    lock ring pliers, impact ***, breaker bar. kingsbridge bb tool.

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    Sugino bb tool set.

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    You can't buy my favorite tool at Performance or for $40.
    But get something you know you'll use I went to one of those Grand Openings also once and picked up an extra floor pump
    Also did you look at the fine print on that give away the ones I got were to be used that day!
    It may not be fancy but it gets me were I need to go.
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    Favorite tool is the Chris King hub tool kit. It's made with the precision and quality of all of King's other products.

    Most used tool might be my TS2's.

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    One of my favorite tools is one I use a fair amount for bike work but has all sorts of other uses. Absolutely great for moving things without marring them. I have one in my shop and one in the garage.


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    Ahhhh, a freewheel remover...

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    Bike stand.

    Most frequently-used tools are relatively inexpensive so easier to buy over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
    That'll do it. Just what's needed to snug up a Thompson stem.

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    Poky spoke.

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    A needlepoint oiler with superlube in it. It keeps things working just wonderful. bk

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    Up until I got my new T-handle Allen set and made a nice holder/stand for them my most-used single tool would have to have been my Park AWS-10. It got used A LOT -more than even the CBW-4 & CWB-5. An AWS-10 and the CBW-4/5 get used the most for general working on bike along with a basic screwdriver set (I've got a nice Craftsman 4-in-1 screwdriver that can also convert into a T-handle as well.

    I'm a big fan of my Dualco mini grease guns -I have two so I can use different greases for different things.

    I love my T-handle Allen wrenches though. They make short work of most modern bike chores. Hex-less bikes are the wave of the future although there will probably still be wrench flats somewhere on the bike like on axle cones and such.
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    Park TS 2.2 is my favorite
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
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