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Old 09-09-18, 08:08 PM
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Out of the box- tools?

What kind of tools do I need to buy before ordering a bike out of the box? I can't find information on youtube that tells what I need to prepare. Thanks.
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Depends on the bike. Most assembly is done.
4,5,6 mm allen wrenches
8,9,10 mm box wrenches.
spoke wrench to properly tension spokes.
15 mm pedal wrench.
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Most important tool: Adequate knowledge as to how to finish assembling and adjusting it. If you are not reasonably familiar with how a bike works, get competent help from either a knowledgable friend or take it to a bike shop and pay to have it done correctly. Your riding enjoyment and, more importantly, your safety depend on it.
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Old 09-09-18, 08:31 PM
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Thank you.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Depends on the bike. Most assembly is done.
4,5,6 mm allen wrenches
8,9,10 mm box wrenches.
spoke wrench to properly tension spokes.
15 mm pedal wrench.
Most pedals now use an allen wrench through the back of the spindle - could be as large as 8mm. I think you could do almost everything with a set of metric allen wrenches, a set of metric open-end wrenches, up to maybe 12mm, and a pair of reasonably fine straight- and Philips-head screwdrivers. If there are any carbon parts in your setup, you should consider a low range torque wrench and some small (4-5mm) allen bits, or, if you're not familiar with using a torque wrench, definitely get a knowledgable friend or take it to a shop
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Adjustable spanner/wrench, Allen keys of various sizes, small bladed, #1 and #2 Philips and Pozidrive screwdrivers. That should cover most bases, for starters, all depending on what fasteners and fittings your bike consists of.
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  • Box cutter or scissors.
  • Hex wrench set (typically 6mm, 5mm and 4mm wrenches are required)
  • Pedal wrench.
  • Cable cutters.
  • Bike grease.
  • Bike stand (preferred)
  • Bike pump.
  • Philips Head screw driver.
Do you have the lubricant?
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Originally Posted by 2pedals5 View Post
What kind of tools do I need to buy before ordering a bike out of the box? I can't find information on youtube that tells what I need to prepare. Thanks.
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Understand that while many out of the box bikes are OK, the whole bike should be checked..... are hubs, headset, etc greased? are the wheels true? are the brakes working an adjusted correctly? are the gears properly adjusted and working? Bike shops do this for the bike they put together to sell

Some (or in reality a lot of this) will depend on where you are sourcing your bike from..... a company like Canyon which has a high end direct salesmodel, including needed manual, support, tools and torque wrench as an example or Bikes direct that is the super low cost model that does not include a lot

the OP's basic question suggests that the OP does not have a lot of bike wrenching knowledge. Unless are ordering a high end direct sales model bike, strong suggestion is to take the boxed bike to a shop and pay them to assemble. Add that to overall cost when comparing prices.
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Grease the pedal threads before installing. Left side pedal is left hand thread. Make them snug, but no need to be a gorilla tightening them. Just harder to get off later.
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Originally Posted by Raphael9 View Post
  • Box cutter or scissors.
  • Hex wrench set (typically 6mm, 5mm and 4mm wrenches are required)
  • Pedal wrench.
  • Cable cutters.
  • Bike grease.
  • Bike stand (preferred)
  • Bike pump.
  • Philips Head screw driver.
Do you have the lubricant?
no lubricant. All purpose grease from auto store will work?
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
the OP's basic question suggests that the OP does not have a lot of bike wrenching knowledge. Unless are ordering a high end direct sales model bike, strong suggestion is to take the boxed bike to a shop and pay them to assemble. Add that to overall cost when comparing prices.
From reading the thread, this seems like the best suggestion so far, nothing is really known about the bike, other than it's a bike,and although you can get away with a few hex wrenches (Allen if you like that brand) for a lot of work on a bike, some parts require specific tools - BB/cassette instalation, and more higher end ones are using Torx wrenches mroe often now, for a beginner, the added bonus, is you know the work is done correctly, to start with, so you have an idea of what to look for for future repairs.
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