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Old 11-22-20, 02:25 PM
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What tools do I need as a beginner?

Hi,

I have never done bike repair, I do have lots of general tools and I am a good handy man around the house. What it any special tools should I invtest in?

I have an older basic road bike that has Shimano parts. I want to remove the crank to add a Peddle Assist as part of an eBike install I am doing. What tools do I need to remove this crank, I know there are different crank types, this one is labeled Shimano Acera. Specifically I am looking at how to remove the ring nut, what tool do I use for that?

Thanks,

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Old 11-22-20, 05:07 PM
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Find the model numbers for the Shimano parts you want to remove, go to the Shimano manual & technical website.
https://si.shimano.com/#/
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Old 11-22-20, 05:22 PM
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I've been in a similar boat for years -- generally handy person who is also into cycling. I live in a small house and don't want to fill it up with stuff that I don't need. And stuff comes so quickly nowadays. I think, get the things needed to keep your tires inflated, and to fix a flat while on a ride. Next, buy things as the need arises. In addition to the Shimano website, there's also the Park Tool site with many good tutorials. They even go through identifying the parts that are on your bike so you can buy the correct tool.
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If you have a local bike co-op or bike kitchen, they might be a good source for infrequently-used tools such as for crank and bottom bracket removal, and could use your support in any case. It might also be economical to farm out occasional jobs which require relatively-expensive tools to a local shop, rather than buy a tool you will use every few years but spend most of its time sitting in a drawer in lonely idleness.
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Old 11-22-20, 05:52 PM
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Crank puller
Maybe pedal wrench (?)

General tools:
Folding metric allen set
Y-socket tool that includes a 10mm (8/9/10?)
4th hand cable puller
Tire levers
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Old 11-22-20, 09:14 PM
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Shimano parts

Thanks everyone for all the replies. I am trying to fiure out the part # on this Shimano crank. I will look. but other and Shimano Acera it says 175, which I am guessing is the length. It is about 25 years old.

I would post a picture but I have to wait for....8 more posts before I am allowed to upload a picture.

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Old 11-23-20, 08:07 AM
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You need youtube watch park tools and RJ the bike guy. they both have videos on pretty much any repair you will ever make. watch video order tools if needed.

RJ the bike guy will be more home mech friendly and go over some home built or cheap options.

Yes the 175 is length of crank.
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OK, I will check out more Youtube and specifically RJ the bike guy.

Thanks,

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Cellphone camera.

Photo everything before you take it apart.
Photo pieces in order as they come off so you can replace in correct order.
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How about this tools?
https://amz.run/42s9
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How about this tools?
https://amz.run/42s9
Very nice, I could do with one or more of those.
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Repair stand (amazon for less than $100)
Park Tool PW-3 Pedal wrench (15mm and 9/16" openings)
Park Tool CN-10 cable and housing cutter

Complete metric hex wrench set with T handles (harbor freight works)
Basic socket wrench set
Tire levers
Awl or scribe or small pick tool
Chain breaker (pay for a good brand as these tend to break with stubborn chains)
Chain master link pliers
Electrical tape
Complete set of different size screwdrivers
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For someone just starting out, this is an inexpensive way to get the basics, and find out if you want to pursue more.... Nashbar or Performance bike, and probably others.

https://www.nashbar.com/spin-doctor-...on-non/p920877
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