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Old 07-08-22, 07:20 AM
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Ok, I get everyone's point. But look at these instructions from the garden sprinkler I bought yesterday, in particular at the bottom:




This was a $20 item, not a $200 one. They saw fit to include the tool.
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Old 07-08-22, 07:49 AM
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What tools did they give you with your $40,000 car?
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Old 07-08-22, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post

You really couldn't have picked a worse example.
I know. I realized that after it was too late and the button pushed!

But none of those are useful. At least not to me. I haven't changed a fuse or a tire in many years.

I guess my only other argument would be how many of the "pre-load adjustment" tools would just be trash in the land fill because most cranks are installed by shops and very few by those of us that DIY our bikes.

Perhaps if the OP just went to one of the local shops they might just give him one of the extras they probably have laying around. That's how I've obtained several of the special Shimano tools in my tool box.
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Old 07-10-22, 05:57 PM
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Most tire levers, and like 50 things around the house will work. I just like that mine matches my Abbey HAG...
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Old 07-11-22, 02:38 PM
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This is what I built. I started with a Specialized Dolce Vita in a 44 size that was too small for my daughter, bought the frame, crank, BB, cables, tape and front derailleur and built it up with the rest of the parts from the Specialized. It is for my daughter so the saddle stays even though I find it uncomfortable for fast riding, I took it for a spin and it rides far better than my own carbon fiber bike. It makes me want a new one for myself, but my knee is telling me not to bother.

You may be asking why after spending that money I made a big deal about the $6 tool, well it was just the principle of needing a special tool that only fits one thing. Even my 16 point BB cup tool has been used on multiple bikes and BBs.



The yellow bottle is my TdF bottle from my own bike. I'll get her a nicer cage and bottle. There is also a plastic spoke protector on the rear that needs to go, but it isn't that important. She wants to ride it.

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Old 07-11-22, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
This is what I built. I started with a Specialized Dolce Vita in a 44 size that was too small for my daughter, bought the frame, crank, BB, cables, tape and front derailleur and built it up with the rest of the parts from the Specialized. It is for my daughter so the saddle stays even though I find it uncomfortable for fast riding, I took it for a spin and it rides far better than my own carbon fiber bike. It makes me want a new one for myself, but my knee is telling me not to bother.

You may be asking why after spending that money I made a big deal about the $6 tool, well it was just the principle of needing a special tool that only fits one thing. Even my 16 point BB cup tool has been used on multiple bikes and BBs.
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First world problem. And the shift housing from the levers to the frame is too long.
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Old 07-11-22, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
You may be asking why after spending that money I made a big deal about the $6 tool, well it was just the principle of needing a special tool that only fits one thing. Even my 16 point BB cup tool has been used on multiple bikes and BBs.
The TL-FC16 is $6.03 + tax from Amazon.com; I just ordered one. It is a no win situation. If one was included with every HTII crankset, the environmental impact is too large. If one was not included, people who have not previously had an HTII crankset would complain. Apple went through the same thing with the little 5W USB power brick. Your principles maybe further disappointed to learn that 16 point BB cup sockets are available in at least 3 sizes (of which I am aware): 44 mm, 41 mm, and 39 mm, and it took me forever to figure out that the BB-R9100 I recently bought requires the 39 mm version.
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Old 07-11-22, 08:50 PM
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First world problem. And the shift housing from the levers to the frame is too long.
I thought it was too when I finally took it out. It is still much shorter than the factory housing on the bike it came from. I cut it down twice but it is still too long. It didn't affect the shifting though, it was crisp and precise. I never liked the shift cable coming out the side of the lever. After hiding brake cables for so many years why did they design it this way for 9sp?

I have one more thing to do on it and I'll take care of the housing too. The only problem is I'm out of green cable ends. The horror!
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Old 07-11-22, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
I thought it was too when I finally took it out. It is still much shorter than the factory housing on the bike it came from. I cut it down twice but it is still too long. It didn't affect the shifting though, it was crisp and precise. I never liked the shift cable coming out the side of the lever. After hiding brake cables for so many years why did they design it this way for 9sp?

I have one more thing to do on it and I'll take care of the housing too. The only problem is I'm out of green cable ends. The horror!
I think the answer is because a few reasons. 1- It works, 2- very few complained, 3- it costs a lot to change over the manufacturing tooling and assembly lines to a new spec.

BTW there are many images of TdF pro bikes with longer than fashionable casing lengths for a good reason. Those guys crash and need to keep going or their sponsor complains about lost views. Too long casings fair better than too short ones... Andy
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Old 07-11-22, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
I thought it was too when I finally took it out. It is still much shorter than the factory housing on the bike it came from. I cut it down twice but it is still too long. It didn't affect the shifting though, it was crisp and precise. I never liked the shift cable coming out the side of the lever. After hiding brake cables for so many years why did they design it this way for 9sp?

I have one more thing to do on it and I'll take care of the housing too. The only problem is I'm out of green cable ends. The horror!
The brake housing is hidden. You're confused.
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Old 07-12-22, 04:58 AM
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The brake housing is hidden. You're confused.
No I'm not. The brake housing is hidden in my 1982 Italian steel bike. The brake housing stayed hidden but then they stuck the derailleur housing out in front, but still hid the brake cables. It was a big deal back in the 80s that they could make the bikes more aero by hiding the cables. Apparently Shimano didn't get the memo with the shifter cables.
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Old 07-12-22, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
You may be asking why after spending that money I made a big deal about the $6 tool, well it was just the principle of needing a special tool that only fits one thing.
Try being an auto mechanic, except it's a $50 tool and it changes every model year.
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Try being an auto mechanic, except it's a $50 tool and it changes every model year.
Iím waiting for the day when working on our bikes requires a scan tool plus several thousand dollar per year software license. Iíd say that would usher in decent pay for bike mechanics, but it isnít in line yet for auto mechanics, so I donít see much hope there.
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Old 07-12-22, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
No I'm not. The brake housing is hidden in my 1982 Italian steel bike. The brake housing stayed hidden but then they stuck the derailleur housing out in front, but still hid the brake cables. It was a big deal back in the 80s that they could make the bikes more aero by hiding the cables. Apparently Shimano didn't get the memo with the shifter cables.
Ok, I see what you're saying. Who knows...? Ask Shimano. Apparently in 1990 they didn't think running the shift housing under the bar tape with the brake housing possible or even preferred. If you'd have been head of product development we would have been saved from this hugely imported mistake.
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