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Old 05-30-11, 08:29 AM
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5 Must have tools (The bare essentials)

I just received a park took bike repair stand as a present and have been thinking about building a fixed gear, changing the triple on my MTB to make it run a 1X10 etc. Basically a variety of small projects.

In a general sense what are say 5 must have tools I need to have at my disposal to make this happen? I already have a Topeak multitool

https://www.topeak.com/products/Tools/ALiEN_XS

Thanks in advance for your responses
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Chain whip, Chain Breaker, Cone Wrenches, Pedal Wrench, Bottom Bracket tools and Free Wheel tools for starters you will need other tools but these will be very useful for many jobs.
And I would not consider the Topeak multitool a shop tool handy for on the road but not a suitable tool for building a bike up.
You will need all the basics also which I'll assume you have screw drivers and allen wrenches if not add those to the list and most likely to the front of that list
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I have used a multi tool to build a bike but needed a few additional tools as JTGraphics mentioned above. I have the other shop tools but I did this once to see what additional tools to take on a tour besides a multi tool. I don't like the spoke wrenches on the multi tool. I would also get the crank puller, 3/8 socket wrench, allen head socket that fits the crank bolts, and a torque wrench.
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The problem is that the top five specialty tools will change depending on the age of the bike being worked on.

For sure tools that fit almost all older to fairly new bikes are;
  1. Cone wrenches
  2. Crank arm puller
  3. Chain whip
  4. Cassete and/or freewheel pullers to suit the wheel
  5. Spoke wrench set

The next couple would depend on the age and type of headset and BB on the bike but they would be the special big flat wrenches for the threaded headsets and the G or double flat wrenches for the BB. Or the spline style for newer cartridge BB's.
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Why five? You need what you need.
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Originally Posted by BCRider
The problem is that the top five specialty tools will change depending on the age of the bike being worked on.

For sure tools that fit almost all older to fairly new bikes are;
  1. Cone wrenches
  2. Crank arm puller
  3. Chain whip
  4. Cassete and/or freewheel pullers to suit the wheel
  5. Spoke wrench set

The next couple would depend on the age and type of headset and BB on the bike but they would be the special big flat wrenches for the threaded headsets and the G or double flat wrenches for the BB. Or the spline style for newer cartridge BB's.
And a cable cutter. And a partridge in a pear tree. Oops. Wrong time of year!

BTW, I think it's generally cheaper to buy tools as a set rather than individually. Nashbar has three house branded tool kits on sale right now: the Essential, for 49.99, the Professional, for 69.99, and the Deluxe for 119.99. Performance offers various Spin Doctor tool kits for similar $$. Of course, if you want higher quality (e.g., Park), you'll have to pay more. Whether going with a kit would be best for you would depend, of course, on how many tools you decide you need and whether or not those tools are included in a particular set. But it might be worth looking into. I didn't do it this way, and I kind of wish I had. Might have saved me some cash, plus the aggravation of wanting to overhaul something, discovering that I didn't have the necessary tool, ordering it, and then waiting for it to arrive.
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Originally Posted by Yellowbeard
Why five? You need what you need.
Came to post this, it bears repeating.

If changing the triple to a 1x10 and building a fixed-gear are small projects, there's not much left in the 'big project' pile.
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Thanks for your responses guys. I think Im going to explore those Nashbar kits. The Essential kit looks a good place to start.
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