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Old 02-19-20, 06:03 PM
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I bought some new Park Tool ratcheting wrenches...I have a gearwrench ratcheting set already, but the heads are not fixed and sometimes the heads will collapse sideways and I値l lose some knuckle skin...these were a really good price, too!







Knuckle busters...
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Just got a torque wrench so I wont crush my handlebars and seat tubes (actually I just wanted one) and a couple of chain breakers because I lost my Park CT-5. I got a CT-3.3 for my derailleur bikes and found a used CT-7 on ebay for cheap that I bought just to have for the odd kids bike or fixie that might come my way.
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Recently bought a chainwhip because I didn't want to have to haul a wheel with me to borrow some tools, swap a cog, and haul the wheel back. Thinking about picking up a crank puller for pretty much the same reason. Just starting my collection though...
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How about tools you found in the bottom of your tool box that you haven't seen or used in years? Do they count?
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I never use tools like that, even on old bikes.
As for OLD tools.... I ended up with an uncle's double open end wrench, made near a hundred years ago. It was 5/8+ and 3/4.
I needed a 17mm and 7/8 for the BB adapters. So I got out the files and grinder disc. A few hours later, voila. LOL Perfect fit.
Then I thinned it down because it was really clunky.
Plus a few years ago I finally used some stone dremel bits bought around 1965. LOL
I also resized one end on 2 other flat headset tools.

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A SRAM bleed kit and a bottle of Motul DOT 5.1 liquid. I bought it to bleed my Rival brakes.
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Not a major purchase, but a 36 mm socket so I can use it with a torque wrench on a Park BBT-18. I'm installing one of those pricey SKF bottom brackets (ISIS drive). I'm tired of replacing the FSA/TruVativ ones every 4,000 miles. I'll see if the SKF lasts for the 10 year guarantee.
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Park Tool: Campagnolo crank and bearing tool
Park Tool: Derailleur hanger tool

I do not like relying on anyone to perform repairs on my bike.
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My last purchase was a recumbent trike specific work stand. Not cheap but it is convenient and sturdy and folds flat for storage. Much easier on my old body than the method that I was using before.
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The Park AWS-3 three-way hex wrench. I can't believe I didn't treat myself to this sooner, as I have been fighting with foldable hex wrench sets for years and have always been frustrated trying to squeeze them in and out of tight spaces. The AWS-3 contains the three hex wrenches I use most (4,5, and 6mm) in an easy, ergonomic triangular configuration. A simple tool that has already made my life much easier.
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The Park AWS-3 three-way hex wrench. I can't believe I didn't treat myself to this sooner, as I have been fighting with foldable hex wrench sets for years and have always been frustrated trying to squeeze them in and out of tight spaces. The AWS-3 contains the three hex wrenches I use most (4,5, and 6mm) in an easy, ergonomic triangular configuration. A simple tool that has already made my life much easier.
If you buy the big Allen wrench holder, there are accommodations for three of the three way wrenches in the front...everybody may not know that or they own the older model...
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Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
I bought some new Park Tool ratcheting wrenches...I have a gearwrench ratcheting set already, but the heads are not fixed and sometimes the heads will collapse sideways and I値l lose some knuckle skin...these were a really good price, too!







Knuckle busters...
Years ago, Sears sold a 20 piece Gear Wrench set for $50, SAE and Metric. And they were solid heads, not flex or even offset. The flex heads are a pain but I never really torque on them either. Personally, I used to think they were a dumb idea. But now they are the first thing I grab.
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If you buy the big Allen wrench holder, there are accommodations for three of the three way wrenches in the front...everybody may not know that or they own the older model...
'Not sure what you mean. My problem with the foldaway Allen wrench set is that the handle gets in the way when you are trying to get around certain components and also doesn't allow you to get enough torque. This was my experience, anyway.
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My latest tool purchases were for the charity shop where I volunteer: a VAR-30 fixed cup tool, a VAR-303 chain pliers, and a Park TL-10 tire lever.
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'Not sure what you mean. My problem with the foldaway Allen wrench set is that the handle gets in the way when you are trying to get around certain components and also doesn't allow you to get enough torque. This was my experience, anyway.



Precarious perch after I have moved the metal topped bench to the other side of the garage...

Not as likely to fall behind the box or bench

No such provisions...
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Years ago, Sears sold a 20 piece Gear Wrench set for $50, SAE and Metric. And they were solid heads, not flex or even offset. The flex heads are a pain but I never really torque on them either. Personally, I used to think they were a dumb idea. But now they are the first thing I grab.
Hmmmmm...now I知 wondering if someplace there is a metric set in one of the neglected boxes...the hunt is on!
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The Park AWS-3 three-way hex wrench. I can't believe I didn't treat myself to this sooner, as I have been fighting with foldable hex wrench sets for years and have always been frustrated trying to squeeze them in and out of tight spaces. The AWS-3 contains the three hex wrenches I use most (4,5, and 6mm) in an easy, ergonomic triangular configuration. A simple tool that has already made my life much easier.
...they came later with the ball ends and also the sockets...perfect for the bike bag!!!

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Years ago, Sears sold a 20 piece Gear Wrench set for $50, SAE and Metric. And they were solid heads, not flex or even offset. The flex heads are a pain but I never really torque on them either. Personally, I used to think they were a dumb idea. But now they are the first thing I grab.
I just bought a metric and a inch set from amazon. work great and not too bad of a price.
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Hmmmmm...now I知 wondering if someplace there is a metric set in one of the neglected boxes...the hunt is on!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/Craftsman-Met...0&s=hi&sr=1-23
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'Not sure what you mean. My problem with the foldaway Allen wrench set is that the handle gets in the way when you are trying to get around certain components and also doesn't allow you to get enough torque. This was my experience, anyway.
I'm with you. I remember once trying to install a water bottle cage using a folding Allen wrench set. No matter how I oriented the tool, the bulky handle was in the way.

I'm not a fan of the 3-way's either but I once worked with a guy who never let the 3-way out of his hand.
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just bought a parks tool shop inflatior. I have a e scooter that I have to crawl on the ground to inflate the tires and its a pain to have to use two hands to lock a air head on it. one handed inflating is so much easier with the swivel it makes it really great.
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My most recent tool was an Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza II Torque Wrench set. This is for cycling, precision tool work, fishing reels, firearms, and automotive uses. Expensive, recalibratable, and jewel-like, but on a decent sale and fits right into my Snap-on and Craftman tool inventories.
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Light and medium duty torque wrenches, now that I'm working on a couple of carbon fiber bikes.

Headset remover punch for the older Chris King pressed headset in a 1993 Trek 5900. One of those hollow metal tube doodads with the end split into three sections. Worked great, half the price of the Park tool.

Now I need a proper headset press with stepped doodad to press the replacement headset in properly. That won't be as cheap as the simple removal tool.
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I'm buying a Harbor Freight large vise grip type plier. Buying them to grind, cut and weld to make some chain stay crimps for more tire clearance.
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Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
I bought some new Park Tool ratcheting wrenches...I have a gearwrench ratcheting set already, but the heads are not fixed and sometimes the heads will collapse sideways and I値l lose some knuckle skin...these were a really good price, too!







Knuckle busters...
Looks like a nice set, but I need to ask; how often do you use box wrenches on your bike? The only place on all my bikes that have a traditional hex nut is the fenders for my tourer.
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