Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    284
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Tool kit for DIY'er

    I am looking for a good starter tool kit and would like to know what you guys would recommend. I pretty much just need tools to work on my single speed and only that for the most part. I just started cycling about 4mos ago and I like to do everything myself if I can or have the tools to do it. So far I have bought a Parktool bb spanner wrench, Parktool crank arm puller, a couple of Parktool double ended cone wrenches and a Parktool bmx style freewheel removal tool. I do know that when it comes to tools, you get what you pay for because I am a engine machinist and own my own cylinder rebuilding equipments and know how it is to spend twice as much just to get the job done right when I could've done it right the first time with the proper tool. Basicly I'm just looking to add or buy a kit for working on my single speed. Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    New Rochelle, NY
    My 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
    Posts
    18,194
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    You have the basics covered, except for a pedal wrench. At some point you'll want a spoke wrench, and if you ever go fixed, a lock ring tool, and chain whip (you can make your own).

    If/when you replace your headset that will involve a number of tools, but the specifics depend on the headset.

    Don't go out buying tools until the job comes up. Parts change every year or two, so a tool that makes sense today could be obsolete before you ever use it.
    FB
    Chain-L site

    An ounce of diagnosis is worth a pound of cure.

    “Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”, George Carlin

    “One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions” - Adm Grace Murray Hopper - USN

    WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    2,464
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd suggest that you continue on the path that you are on; buy good quality tools as you need them. Kits will tend to have a lot of either duplicate or unneeded tools. A set of ball-end metric hex L-wrenches, a metric socket set and some screwdrivers are generally useful; you likely already have these from your engine work. A good set of cable cutters is a wise investment.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    284
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    You have the basics covered, except for a pedal wrench. At some point you'll want a spoke wrench, and if you ever go fixed, a lock ring tool, and chain whip (you can make your own).

    If/when you replace your headset that will involve a number of tools, but the specifics depend on the headset.

    Don't go out buying tools until the job comes up. Parts change every year or two, so a tool that makes sense today could be obsolete before you ever use it.
    Thanks for the advices and I do have one of them universal spoke wrench. I'll be upgrading my fork and headset soon so what kind of tool do I need for removing the crown/race on the fork? Oh and this is a 1" threaded fork.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    284
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dsbrantjr View Post
    I'd suggest that you continue on the path that you are on; buy good quality tools as you need them. Kits will tend to have a lot of either duplicate or unneeded tools. A set of ball-end metric hex L-wrenches, a metric socket set and some screwdrivers are generally useful; you likely already have these from your engine work. A good set of cable cutters is a wise investment.
    Thanks, I will look into a nice set of cable cutters.

  6. #6
    jyl
    jyl is offline
    johnliu@earthlink.net jyl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Portland OR
    My Bikes
    61 Bianchi Specialissima, 71 Peugeot G50, 7? Peugeot PX10, 74 Raleigh GranSport, 75 Peugeot UO8, 78? Raleigh Team Pro, 82 Peugeot PSV, 91 Bridgestone MB0, 92 Bridgestone XO1, 97 Rans VRex, 92 Cannondale R1000, 94 Bridgestone MB5, 97 Vitus 997
    Posts
    2,890
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Crown race is usually slid onto the fork steerer tube and tapped down to snug the crown, just a friction fit, it comes off with some gentle tapping. Headtube races are also tapped in.

    A work stand is very useful, though it has to be a good one. A cheap stand is frustrating and will eventually drop your bike or dent a tube. Alternative to a work stand is to hang ropes or straps from the ceiling and suspend the bike.

    Don't forget the tool kit you carry on the bike. Lots of threads on those. Some of those tools can do double duty at home, light duty anyway, like chain tool, spoke wrench, etc.
    Your signature contains too many lines and must be shortened. You may only have up to 2 line(s). Long text may have been implicitly wrapped, causing it to be

  7. #7
    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    West Village, New York City
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    17,566
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

    Tom Reingold
    New York City and High Falls, NY
    noglider's ride blog

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •