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Old 07-11-21, 09:28 AM
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Best wat to determine proper tools?

Hello everyone. I've been into cycling for 3 years. I have the bug pretty bad it seems because I now own 12 bikes including 2 for my wife and 2 for my son. I've acquired a few tools and do all my own cables, brakes, and simple conversion type jobs. I haven't replaced any bottom brackets or head sets yet myself. What I would like is to get the proper tools but it seems that there are a multitude of designs requiring different tools. I could take a couple bikes at a time to my local bike shop for advice but it's an hour and a half away. I would need to make several trips and I hate to bother those guys unless I'm making other purchases.

If I take very good up close pictures, is it possible someone here could help me buy the proper tools, or is it more of a hands on try one after another until you get the correct one type deal where a bike shop with multiple style tools would be necessary? What I really need are bottom bracket tools and cassette-freewheel removal tools. Otherwise I have a fairly good kit of Park Tool equipment.
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What tools are required really depends on what type of BB/headset,cassette/freewheel is installed on any given bike. For example I own 5 different freewheel/cassette tools. I only need 2 different ones for my bikes, but have needed others for working on other people's bikes, or got them cheap enough to have "just in case"
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
What tools are required really depends on what type of BB/headset,cassette/freewheel is installed on any given bike. For example I own 5 different freewheel/cassette tools. I only need 2 different ones for my bikes, but have needed others for working on other people's bikes, or got them cheap enough to have "just in case"
That's about what I thought. I just didn't know if it is possible to tell by a good picture, or if it's more of a hands on deal.
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You could always post pictures here, folks have a pretty good eye, including some who have worked in shops. Knowing the brand of the component can sometimes help narrow things down too.

I've found that the Park Tool website has some good pictorials for things like BB and freewheel splines.
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The above is good advice. I gifted all three daughters when they left home the highly rated Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance for their road bikes and they have done well. He also has an MTB book. They have bought what they need when needed. I just look on ebay and his 2005 addition is $4 shipped!
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