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    1.64x10^6 posts Grendel's Avatar
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    Getting my garage shop together

    Finally, at long last, I've tackled the project of clearing off the workbench and doing other things needed to make a proper work area in the garage. I started with buying a nice, big tool cabinet with lots of drawers for stuff, which allowed me to get all of my tools organized and getting the bench cleared off. I had no idea I had so many sockets.

    Anyway, now that I've got things squared away and a new light over the bench, what are some things that a bike shop in the garage should not be without? First on the list is a bike stand, but other than that... ?

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    It all depends on the level of repairs you plan on doing. Here's a few things I have in my own work area.

    - Park CT3 chain breaker.
    - a good set of T-handle allen key hex wrenches. (plastic handles will break!
    - a 4" bench vise w/ wood jaws. (so as not to damage parts)
    - a 6" bench ginder.
    - wheel truing stand and dishing tool.
    - Adjustable wrenches
    - spoke wrench(s)
    - cable puller and cable/housing cutting tool.
    - a good size tub of grease, some chain lube, and litres upon litres of degreaser.

    ...plus more smaller odds and ends. I seem to get the most use out of the stuff listed above though.
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    You must always start with large visible items such as a heavy duty repair stand as you already mentioned. The second most significant item, even if you don't know how to use it, should be a truing stand. Just by having one around, you will most likely learn to built a wheel. And a vise, of course...
    Also, you must install a dozen or so bike hooks under your garage rafters to hang bikes, wheels, rims, frames, etc.... Your tool chest can remain sparse for awhile.
    Then, invite your buddies.......post a photo of your new workshop.
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    Well, I've got a bench vise and some of the tools mentioned... don't have a truing stand, so that's added to the list. One problem I have is somewhat limited bench space since it's only about 5' long and 2.5' deep... guess I'll have to clear another section of the garage for another bench.

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    I have to agree, first a workstand, then perhaps a truing stand.... you'd be surprised at how much a truing stand can be used in repairs other than that it is up to you, I have a peg board (duh ) and a small drawer set to hold screws, nuts, and bolts....
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    Here is a tip from my days fiddling with small electronic parts and such:

    Your bench top and flooring should be covered with a light colored material, bright yellow or white. This makes hunting for small bits and pieces easier when you drop them. Also the importance of lighting cannot be overstated. Use large florescent lights as area lighting in addition to whatever movable task lights you might have.

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    The truing stand is a good suggestion. Every now and then on a ride, someone will blow a spoke or something. I can field true a wheel and carry a spoke wrench. The response is amazing. People treat me with awe and reverence after I true up a wheel. You would think I had raised the dead or something!

    It looks like you are getting this project off the ground. Let us all know how this works out.

    Here is a suggestion. A friend of mine said that most of the bike shops around here do not get into this. But doing stuff like detailing - fancy term for getting a bike really really clean might be a popular service. Another one would be removing squeeks and chirps but that can be tricky because the source can be hard to run down. I once had this chirp. I tightened everything. Lubbed everything. Cleaned the drive train. And it turned out to be a cracked water bottle cage!

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