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Old 11-23-03, 03:56 PM
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Mountain Bike Tool Kit

I recently bought a Trek Fuel 90 Disk. I have also ordered the Break It, Fix It, Ride It CD which will hopefully help me learn how to work on it. I would now like to pick up the tools necessary to do so. Any advise I can get regarding what to buy and where would be greatly appreciated.
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The Park roll up toolkit is great. For around $100.00, it gives you most of the specialty tools that you need. Get a better spoke wrench than the triple sided thing that you get with it.
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Old 11-26-03, 09:18 PM
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Thank you everyone who has replied to my request for advice as to what tools to buy to work on my new mountain bike. I posted this same question on about a half a dozen different forums and, for those who are interested; I have summarized my findings as follows:

Park and Pedro's are the tool manufacturer names that come up again and again.

Some of the most popular places to buy tools are:

bikeperformancebike.com, nashbar.com, jensonusa.com, supergo.com, pricepoint.com, bikeman.com, ebay.com

Must carry tools and items for the trail are:

chain tool
multi-tool (Crank Bros., Park, Alien)
some extra chain links
spare tube
tire levers
tire patch kit
tire pump
seat bag to carry it all

There is some difference of opinion as to whether it is better to buy an intermediate or advanced level tool kit up front or to buy individual tools as they are needed. The advantage of the kit seems to be convenience and cost saving over buying all of the same tools one at a time. The disadvantage of the kits seems to be that one might be buying some tools that would never get used, which could offset the cost saving of the kit, and that the kits still won't have all of the tools one might need which will have to be bought separately anyway, which could offset the convenience of the kit.

In any case, everyone seems to agree that at a minimum one should have sets of allen wrenches, open end wrenches, and screwdrivers. Also, it would seem that chain maintenance is the most the most basic, most important, and most frequently preformed maintenance that should be done on the bike. For this one should have a chain tool, and some degreaser, solvent, and chain lube.

After this it would seem that it all depends on how ambitious one wants to get. Here is the complete list of tools that I have compiled from all of the various forums that I posted my question on:

adjustable crescent wrench
allen wrenches size 2-8mm
any specialty tools your fork and/or shock require for rebuilding
BB tool
bottom bracket or crank tools
brushes for cleaning
cable/housing cutters
cartridge bearing installers are rarely used
cassette tool
cassette/bottom bracket tool(s)
chain cleaner
chain lube
chain tool
chain whip
cone wrenches (two sets)
crank arm extractor (get the one for splined cranks)
degreaser
grease
lock ring tool
multi-tool (Crank Bros., Park, Alien)
needle nose pliers (for pulling cables taunt)
open/box comb wrenches sizes 8,9,10, and 15mm
pedal wrench
phillip's head & flat head screwdriver set
rags
seat bag
shock pump
some extra chain links
spanners
spare tube
splined bottom bracket tool
spoke wrench
tire levers
tire patch kit
tire pump
tools for press-fitting or removing headset cups
torque wrench
truing stand
wrenches (x2) for your hub

I am not sure what all of these items are so I have probably mentioned some items more than once by different names but this is what my research has turned up so far. I hope some find it helpful an informative.

Happy Trails - Ted.
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Ted,

That is a pretty complete list. You won't need all of that for maintinance. You certainly won't need to pull and reseat the headset. Also, I wouldn't bother with a truing stand for offroad use. You can use the "brakepad method" and keep your wheels well within acceptable levels.
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