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Old 09-16-11, 07:44 AM
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Tool set for bike rebuild?

Hey guys,

I'm on the hunt for tools to rebuild my bike from the bottom up and wondering if there is a complete set that I should get rather than hunting individual items? I'll be working on every piece.
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Old 09-16-11, 07:55 AM
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Read the sticky's, they give details for this. https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ease-READ-THIS

Also, look at the Park tools website, there are so many standards now, that very few tool kits will cover what you want, so you may find it cheaper to buy tools as you need.
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Old 09-16-11, 08:36 AM
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Buy individual tools as you need them for your specific bike. Most "complete" tool kits have many items you will never need and may not have the specific tool you require.
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Old 09-16-11, 09:07 AM
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I pieced together what is now a fairly complete tool set including wrenches for square taper through ext. BB cups. Most are Park or of similar quality but a few are Nashbar type. It wasn't so bad because I strung purchases out justifing that each tool was generally less than a shop would charge for the repair even if it was a one time use.

But doing it over I would buy a cheaper kit right off the bat like one of these:

https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_10000_202586
https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0_10000_202586

I agree with what the above posters said in that you might still have to buy a tool or two and there will be a few that you will never use. While they aren't shop quality tools the nashbar type ones I have had worked fine and if specific tool wear out you can replace them with the Park version as you go. But I have easily spent over $100 (or more including shipping) in buying individual tools for limited use that one of those kits would have covered more economically and with out the wait of having to go buy or order something when I suddenly realized I was going to need it.

One thing I would definately not skimp on is a decent stand. Having your bike on a stand with firm and stable base and at the proper height can eliminate a huge amount of the frustration that can come with bike wrenching. And set it up in an area with decent lighting.
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Old 09-16-11, 06:37 PM
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Personally, I have had good luck with the tool kit I bought, the Park Tool AK-37. I have used every tool multiple times except for the External BB wrench and the 19mm cone wrench, but I have five bikes of my own and I work on my friends' and family's bikes. With that said, I wouldn't consider some of the tools to be worth the investment considering the other options on the market, especially when looking at the more "general purpose" tools included such as the screwdrivers, the Y allen wrenches, and the crank bolt wrench. For those tools, I would rather use screwdrivers from Craftsman, allen wrenches w/ ball point from Bondhus, and a regular ratchet and socket set from Craftsman, respectively.

As suggested, it is almost always a better idea, though more time consuming and marginally more expensive, to assess your bike(s) and purchase tools individually so money isn't wasted on unneeded tools. If you're looking for a place to buy from that has a wide selection and good prices (not to mention excellent service) so you can one-stop-shop, I can personally suggest both Treefort Bikes, and Outside Outfitters. Also, definitely explore all of the available brands, some brands have better designs and lower prices than others on similar tools. Good luck!

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Old 09-18-11, 09:32 AM
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I've been wondering this too. Perhaps instead of a tool set, there is a list compiled for all the different types of tools, and based on your bike, you select the tool that matches your bike?

For example
Pedal Wrench [You would select either a 15mm or 9/16" wrench, and add it to your toolset]
Spoke Wrench [You would select either a .127", .130", .136", .156" spoke wrench, and add it to your toolset]
Crank Puller [You would select either a crank puller for square taper cranks or a crank puller for splined cranks, and add it to your toolset]
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