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    Do you guys own calipers?

    Curious how you measure the small stuff.

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    calipers. got for $30 on ebay. one of the most useful tools i've bought in a long time.

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    I have these-ums: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47257

    going strong for a few years now

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    Phil Wood makes a measuring rule but Marcus has an old Phil Wood caliper. I think he has an extra, I should pick that up.

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    that's what I wanted to hear boys, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by absntr
    Phil Wood makes a measuring rule but Marcus has an old Phil Wood caliper. I think he has an extra, I should pick that up.
    if you want the best, get one of these: http://catalog.starrett.com/catalog/...519&Mode=PLIST

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    I have many sets. I collect them. Especially useable plastic ones.

    Use them every day. Keep a nice set on my night stand.

    Got lucky with a cute medical student one time because I had a set on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kogswell
    I have many sets. I collect them. Especially useable plastic ones.

    Use them every day. Keep a nice set on my night stand.

    Got lucky with a cute medical student one time because I had a set on me.
    awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by potus
    I have these-ums: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47257

    going strong for a few years now
    Me as well.

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    I have an aversion to digital, should I get over that? Tell me quick so I can get some.

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    Mitutoyo digital baby! Yeah I "should" be able to get by with a dial one, but when it's late at night and I need to measure something and not flub it up, digital baby!

    Starrett digital would be really top of the line, both are really, really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herst
    I have an aversion to digital, should I get over that? Tell me quick so I can get some.
    Digital is good. Requires less brainage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herst
    I have an aversion to digital, should I get over that? Tell me quick so I can get some.

    What are you measuring anyway?

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    at the moment, bearings and an axle diameter. But I really wanted to know if it was the sort of tool I'd like to have around.

    Do you ever eat a lot of pie and then suddenly wonder about all sorts of things related to your bike? Sometime the ruler doesn't do it in answering those questions.
    Last edited by herst; 10-15-05 at 08:49 AM.

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    Calipers are convenient..But as an essential tool..TOrque wrenches would come first on my list of needed tools.

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    <tool junky>Why not get them both?</tool junky>

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    Mitutoyo all the way.

    Except my big one, which is 60cm Fowler. Enco $180 bucks.

    Same length in Mitutoyo costs ~$500. I do notice a big difference in quality though.
    Moyer Cycles: done and done.

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    yeah Mitutoyo makes great calipers, go with them if youre not going to buy basement bargains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kogswell
    I have many sets. I collect them. Especially useable plastic ones.

    Use them every day. Keep a nice set on my night stand.

    Got lucky with a cute medical student one time because I had a set on me.
    "Wanna come over to my place for measurement?"
    Falling down is not exercising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot
    Calipers are convenient..But as an essential tool..TOrque wrenches would come first on my list of needed tools.
    tangent -- what brand of torque wrench do you recommend? i haven't found any decent inch-pound ones in my local hardware stores, so will order online...just not sure what and where...

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    While we're talking about it, I think that measuring bike frames and parts is a very good way to learn about them. I sure got my eyes opened when I started looking at the numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbornia
    tangent -- what brand of torque wrench do you recommend? i haven't found any decent inch-pound ones in my local hardware stores, so will order online...just not sure what and where...
    I have a couple of Snap-On's that I use from time-to-time. They're nice.
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    Yes, but really because I reload ammo. My digital calipers have come in handy at bike shops because they save me a trip. How many times have you all been told by your LBS, "yeah, this should fit fine," only to find out it doesn't when you get home? Now that I'm going to start building my own rims, the calipers will come in handy with hub measurements as well. You gotta make sure the factory specs are correct, as we've found out with the Nashbar hubs.
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    I guess uni's are my next step.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbornia
    tangent -- what brand of torque wrench do you recommend? i haven't found any decent inch-pound ones in my local hardware stores, so will order online...just not sure what and where...

    I bought this one and it does the job.

    Torque Wrench

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    Quote Originally Posted by noriel
    Now that I'm going to start building my own rims, the calipers will come in handy with hub measurements as well. You gotta make sure the factory specs are correct, as we've found out with the Nashbar hubs.

    You mean your own wheels?

    If you're building your own rims I'm really impressed. You might need more specialized equipment than just calipers though.

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