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Old 01-10-08, 01:31 AM   #1
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OT: $100 giftcard to Rockler. Any ideas?

Totally off topic, but maybe you guys have some ideas. My grandparents sent me $50 giftcards for my birthday and Hanukah, but they're to this fairly large company called Rockler. They mostly sell woodworking stuff (wood, tools, hardware) but they have some little gadgets that work for just about anything.

I don't do too much with wood, and when I do I use my school's shop. I mostly do bikes and I'm getting into sewing. I thought these couple things might be good to have:

Petzl headlamp

Saddle angle gauge

Any other ideas? I was hoping maybe for some stuff like 15mm wrenches or other cycling-usable tools, but no luck.
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Old 01-10-08, 01:48 AM   #2
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I love Rockler. I was actually just there earlier today picking up some micro-mesh for some metal polishing.

a few useful things i know rockler has:
digital calipers
magnetic parts tray
if you're into shop aprons, they've got a decent one
I always end up buying rare earth magnets for no good reason, other than they're pretty cool.
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The headlamp is a good idea. My gf got me one for xmas. Good for reading in bed when she wants to sleep.

I was going to suggest a vise, but the ones they have look pretty sucky for bike use.
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that petzl headlamp sucks, dont waste your money. i would go for the calipers for sure. it seems like the type of place that would have a dremel tool, those are always useful. why the **** do you need to know the angle of your saddle?
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that petzl headlamp sucks, dont waste your money.
Does it really? I was looking forward to it the most.
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that petzl headlamp sucks, dont waste your money. i would go for the calipers for sure. it seems like the type of place that would have a dremel tool, those are always useful. why the **** do you need to know the angle of your saddle?
I was going to suggest a Dremel too, but I couldn't find any on their site. Maybe they have some other headlamps?
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I've checked this one out before. Already have a few different rotaries, so didn't look into it too much. but if you don't have a dremel, it's definitely not a bad idea.
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I has dremel.
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I don't have any suggestions, but I will say that Rockler rules.
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that petzl is 'okay' but no where near as nice as their newer versions. I have mine around as a back up when I am camping, but this is the one I like much better: Petzl Tikka XP
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If you don't have a caliper already, that's what I'd get. I have a set (not from Rockler) and it's one my most used bike tools. Especially when working on older bikes.

also:
magnetic tool holder:
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2048

peg board bits and pieces
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2524

Boeshield - good for chains
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2380
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Does it really? I was looking forward to it the most.
yeah, its got 3 bull**** little led's, its a joke. there are plenty of good choices out there for headlamps now and that one is just kind of an outdated for as expensive as it is.

i use the princeton tec eos and its bad ass, it has a 1 watt LED, 3 brightness settings (the brightest one is pretty damn bright) and an IC that regulates the power coming from the batteries (a lot of headlamps say they have like 16 hours of battery life, but only 3 hours of it will be bright enough to consider useful)

http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/pro...ffset=2&s_id=0
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The only thing I'm interested in now is the angle gauge, since yall say the Petzl is no good.. Would anyone want to trade me for the cards then?

Or maybe I can go to the store, buy some stuff and then return it? Does that work?
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