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Old 09-21-08, 05:42 PM
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nashbar tools

is the quality there or are they crap.
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I just got a pedal wrench from them, and it works well enough. 'Course, I don't work in a shop, and I'm only likely to use it a couple times a year.
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Work well enough and they don't break as easily as some might suspect, but they don't feel as *precise* as Park Tools or nicer hex stuff such as Snap-On. And I was comparing an used Park Tool kit to brand new Nashbar kit.

I personally would not get a kit from them and just get bits and pieces. I like their pedal wrench, chain whip, cassette lockring tools, and star nut installer in comparison to nicer branded stuff. I would stay away from the hex stuff and the tire levers weren't so great, but I cannot attest to other specific Nashbar tools. Screwdrivers seem on par with Stanley stuff at Wal-Mart.
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About a year ago, I bought Nashbar's cheapest chain tool for less than 10 bucks, as I recall. I was pleasantly surprised by its good quality.
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I'd shop around at the other usual suspects as well (e.g. pricepoint.com, performance, etc); all their "house brand" tools are of similar quality, and perhaps made by the same manufacturer). There are some reviews of some of the tools/kits online.
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i would love to buy tools as i need them, but my LBS doesnt carry much of a selection. almost nothing spoke wrench tire levers cleaning supplies. and when i need a tool i dont want to sit around a wait a week or two for it to arrive in the mail. so im looking at kits and nashbar has what looks like a nice kit on sale 40% off or something.
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nothing worse than bad tools. Makes fixing the simplest of things such a hassle.
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The Nashbar tools I have are made by Lifu and work just fine.
In fact, I prefer the Nashbar pedal wrench to the big Park one I have in the store.
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I'd like to hear from anyone who has used Nashbar's cable-cutters for cables and housing. How clean they cut compared to, say, Shimano ones.

Every bike-shop sells truing-wrenches. They ensure that customers come back with wheels that look like a potato-chip.
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I started out with a Nashbar kit and just replaced things as they wore out with Park or similar tools. Nashbar's tools aren't the highest quality, but getting the kit allowed me to do almost whatever I needed to on my bike. Only a few tools have actually needed to be replaced over the years, and some of them probably were damaged by user error as I was learning how to wrench my bike. I definitely recommend a house-brand kit to someone who is just starting out and doesn't have the money for a Park kit.
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Nothing (affordable) cuts as clean a Shimano housing cutter.
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Nashbar tools get the job done. I have several in my tool box. I also have Pedro's and Park Tool mixed in there too. For some things I perfer a better grade of tool. Then I go with Park Tools.
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Cable cutters are one of those tools that it just isn't worth the headache of cheaping out. Buying a cheap one means frustration and spending more on a quality one later. Just buy the Park or Shimano cutter up front.
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Shimano > Park cutters. Not even close.

I understand VAR is about as good as Shimano, but somewhat more expensive. Haven't tried Hozan.
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+1 I use tons of Performance and Nashbar tools. They work just fine. Nashbar's pedal wrench rocks and Performance's blows. Performance's truing stand is OK and most of the other tools in their kit a usable to above average. Nashbar's freewheel remover works well.
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