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    What's on your stand or close at hand

    I have all my tools laying around my workbench, but am only using a few most of the time while I work on my bikes. For example, I keep going to the 8,9,10, & 15mm combo wrenchs allen wrenches and screwdrivers, but I have to keep digging them out of my tool box which has all my other tools (imperial & metric sockets etc). I set one wrench down and it instantly dissappears into the mix.

    In short, I need a more efficient setup. I'm willing to go buy a few select tools to keep right there dedicated for bike use to make my life easier. I may just mount a coffee can to the leg of the work bench if necessary to hold bike tools.

    How can I get the biggest bang for the buck?

    What tool do you reach for 90% of the time?

    What do you keep on your stand or close at hand?

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    All of my allen wrenches are in Bondhus plastic sleeves, keeping them all together and organized. When I'm working, I put my box of often used tools right next to me on a chair, keeping everything close at hand.

    As for getting the biggest bang for your buck, only buy bike tools you need. Keep them separate from all other tools in your garage/shop/workspace.

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    Generic tools:

    4mm, 5mm, 6mm T-handle hex wrenches, same in L-shaped.
    5-14mm sockets, screwdriver-style handle, small ratchet, one extension.
    Small adjustable wrench.
    Small needlenose pliers.
    Diagonal cutter.
    Dremel for cable housings.

    (Harbor Freight/Northern Tool are your friends there).

    Bike specific:

    Hozan lock ring tool.
    Park pedal wrench.
    Park chain whip.
    Cone wrenches.
    Sheldon-designed fixed cup removal tool.
    Shimano and Suntour freewheel tools.
    Park crank puller.
    (and new yesterday, MKS pedal cap wrench)

    Those and all the finishing/polishing stuff...

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    All are where they belong when not in use.





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    My work area is my front porch and when its too hot or too cold it moves inside to my bar room.

    My tools have a mobile home in the form of One large box for the non-bike specific tools and a smaller box for the bike specific tools and the tools (like allen wrenches) that I use most frequently on bikes. That way if I go to a bike ride or to a friend's house to work on a bike I can just throw that one little toolbox in the car or on my rack and I've got all my bike tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    All are where they belong when not in use.


    -Kurt
    What he said.

    The main thing for me has been learning to put everything back in its place - Not just on a hook or in a drawer, but on a specific hook and in a specific spot in that drawer. That way I don't have to search for anything.
    - Auchen

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    my stuff is all over my patio....
    I have some of my dads tools alot of crapsman tools. I wish i could use the good snap on stuff my mom has....

    cudak888 love your set up.... one of these days ill have a setup like that.

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    I do as DRietz suggested, I keep a separate tool box of dedicated "for bike use" tools, and all my bike specific tools (ie. Park, etc). I keep a 6 foot tall tool chest/roll away combo organized with my hand and automotive tools. I don't need to break it open often. The bike tool box is convenient and organized neatly. It's also portable if I must toss it into the trunk. I know I'm stocked.
    It's a Craftsman 3-draw portable tool box. Wrenches on the bottom, hex keys and freewheel, chain tools and screwdrivers in the middle, bearings, patch kit, small spare parts and chemicals in the top. The top shelf is more spare parts and loose temporary items. I keep the items in plastic boxes that I recycled from the Chinese take out restaurant.
    Everything is close at hand, and goes back to their place once done.
    Over the decades, I've learned it's worth the expense to get tools organized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesj View Post
    cudak888 love your set up.... one of these days ill have a setup like that.
    It takes time, dedication, and money - but it is worth every bit of effort in the end.

    Believe me - I broke my back working in this mess:



    Took 2 years, but now it looks like this:



    -Kurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPolishJimmy View Post
    What do you keep on your stand or close at hand?
    A shambles of tools and parts. Terrible.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigPolishJimmy View Post
    What tool do you reach for 90% of the time?
    The one that cannot be found. I'm a disappointment.

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    Perhaps I need a tool box with drawers. I do have a specific smaller box just for bike-specific tools, spoke wrench, crank puller, diagnal cutters, hex set and the mighty crescent wrench. But I find I sometimes need/want sockets and combo wrenches for brake work or saddle swaps where the mighty crescent wrench is just too bulky, those are in my automotive tool box which is over-crowed. Still it seems I only use a few of those tools in the set. I suppose having more tools than fit easily into your tool box is a good problems to have.

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    Kurt, WNG, DRietz, and Keith are highly inspirational.

    We are remodeling our basement, so absolutely nothing is where it should be.

    I ripped out 20+ feet of workbench space last week. It's going to go back in when we are finished, but who knows when that might be.

    I still have my Craftsmen double high next to the stand though. Park Tool stool as well.

    My Grandpa would spin in his grave if I didn't take good care of his tools!
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    Kurt, you must be single!
    Is that an enclosed sun room/patio? My wife would give me a Sicilian neck-tie if I tried that.
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    Adjustable clamps (makes setting up brakes much more manageable), a big adjustable wrench (for un-sticking freewheels) - plus a lot of the stuff others have mentioned.

    Wheel building stuff lives near the truing stand.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WNG View Post
    Is that an enclosed sun room/patio? My wife would give me a Sicilian neck-tie if I tried that.
    I wish it was enclosed as I wanted it to be. The lower half is Lexan; the blinds are wood with white plastic roll-downs behind them. A rainstorm with 35MPH winds yesterday proved that the upper half doesn't work.

    -Kurt

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    My toolbox looks like Kurt's and is mainly dedicated to bike specific tools. Most of my other tools are on pegboard.

    After seeing KRhea's shop in another thread, I'd like to see his response here.

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    I find that peg boards and hooks suit me best, here's an old photo of my setup:


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    I am just as likely to work on a bike away from the basement shop as I am there, so I keep the following in a small tool box. It goes with me outside, to races, to friends houses to work on their bikes, etc. And everything in this toolbox is a dup to what I have hanging on the shop wall:

    chainwhip, shimano freehub tool, campy freehub tool, large crescent (for freehub removal), small crescent, needle nose, pedal wrench, 13-14-15 spoke wrench, mavic spoke wrench, 15mm box end, 15mm peanut butter, full set of hex wrenches, 8mm box end, 10mm open end, small crank puller, chain tool, phillips, small flathead, large flathead, chain pins and tube of anti-seize. I sometimes throw in a socket wrench and 8mm hex for modern campy and sram/truvativ crank removal, so I should probably add that to the list.

    The only things I probably can't do from this toolbox are work on cup and cone hubs or remove bottom brackets.

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    A few things, except my truing stand is on loan "cough"
    "Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day."--Harry S. Truman

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    My workshop is still a freakin disaster zone right now. Been that way for months. I need to get the pending projects OUT of my shop, that would open up a lot of space. I also am about half way to clearing out a rollaway tool cabinet to bicycle only. Not there yet. Included in my bicycle "only" tool box are a variety of generic tools that I seem to need: big pipe wrench, rubber mallet, etc.


    I also need to get the large motorcycle lift table out of the way....

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    My shop isn't going to win any clean shop awards either, but having a place to put things and putting them there goes a long ways. My problem is too many projects running at once, you get one bike torn down, then have to wait a couple of weeks for parts, so you start on another one. Then Sunday rolls around and I am out of town for another 2-3 weeks.

    I buy bicycle dedicated tools and try to keep them together. We are in the process of deciding how to clean up our big mess of my storage container/shop, my wife's 40' storage trailer, the excess from her old bridal business, as well as consolidate things. Right now the winning idea is a dedicated 1800 sf steel building that can be used as a shop and storage area. It will have 12'-14' walls so we can double up on the storage side and have a second floor.

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    [QUOTE][What's on your stand or close at hand/QUOTE]

    Nothing!!! I have three teenage boys and more partialy assembled bikes than Sears on Christmas Eve.

    In their defense...they have without a doubt demonstrated that the garage and basement floor can hold far more tools than any pegboard wall, drawer or tool box........Has any one seen my Allen wrenches?

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    I envy you guys with complete toolboxes/sets/specified areas for bikes. All I have is a metal case jammed with anything and everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toytech View Post
    A few things, except my truing stand is on loan "cough"
    When do you want it back? I still have to build a set of wheels, but there are zero funds currently, thus I am not able to buy spokes. I can come by tomorrow if you want!


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