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Old 09-28-12, 08:10 PM   #1
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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