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Old 07-30-13, 03:16 PM
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How do you like to keep your tools stored or exsesible?

So right now I keep my used tools on the tool tray that attaches to my mechanic stand, but when I need other tools I keep them in my tool box with all other types of tools not pertinent to bicycles. I really dont find this very efficient, nor do I find keeping tools up on the wall. So how do you guys like storing your tools/supplies other then the "throwing them wherever they land" method?

I am thinking of getting a HF 3 drawer mobile cart/tray for bicycle specific tools to keep right there at the stand.
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I've always preferred a tool board for the most commonly used tools and tool box for the one's I use less often or that don't lend themselves to mounting, as well as precision tools. With a tool board I know right away if I've taken the tool somewhere else.
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Originally Posted by cny-bikeman
With a tool board I know right away if I've taken the tool somewhere else.
Yep, the nice thing about a tool board is that vacancies are immediately apparent.
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I keep my tools sorted by drawer in the tool chest. Bike-specific tools have their own drawer.
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I keep a phillips screwdriver and a y hex wrench stuck in the adjustment holes on my stand. Everything else joins the other general population of tools in the tool chest. Drawers are segregated by function. And these days there are more drawers in the cycling world than any other. Had a nice outlined tool board once but it never provided enough utility to cover the cost of the frustration of always seeing a tool missing.
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one shop approach, like for CoOps , tool board , outline of every tool to help iit be returned to where it belongs,

and gives a clue when not returned.

shops where the Mechanic is required to supply their own tools then, that is different..

big multi drawer tool boxes tend to be the choice of Auto dealer's mechanics.. Snap On has a installment plan
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I really like this Husky tool box.it is built very solid and tough, has lots of room for storing tools (tons of pockets and things, and is portable. You can't see it but my beam and ratchet park torque wrenches, tension meter are in the box with lots of other stuff.

Best of all you can have it for less than $40 from home depot. I went there to get a steel case and found this and am very happy. Higher priced stuff felt like junk compared to this.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-20-...d#.Ufh2W23vmNo


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A tool board is best for a fixed shop location. For portability, I use a 2 drawer metal tool box. I also have a fabric gear bag in which I keep spares and the tools I might need when traveling to rides or races: set of allens, torque key, pliers, spoke wrench, chain tools, tire levers, scissors, cutters, chain, tire, tube, zip ties, cables, spokes...
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Most people work with a tool board, its pretty much the standard for the bicycle industry. Myself, I work with tool boxes instead.

If you go the Harbor Freight route, get the five drawer cart instead. It is much better for just a little more $$. They have it on sale for $169 right now.

Myself, I have a lot of tools, so I use a roll away tool chest, with a middle and top box. These boxes only contain bicycle tools. My house tools are in a couple of other tool boxes, my automotive tools in another, etc.

Here's an old picture before I added a mid box (note the smaller four drawer HF tool cart). I am into vintage bikes, so naturally I have a vintage Cornwell tool chest with a vintage Huot top box (not matching). Thrift store finds. When I get around to it, I am going to move in my larger vintage SO tool chest/top box combo:


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I use the Antonius storage series bins from IKEA. They're inexpensive and do the job nicely.
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I use a peg board for the bike specific tools and a tool chest I bought from Costco a few years ago. I have a number of autospecific tools I keep in a box since they are rarely used, like cylinder ridge reamer.
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I was lucky enough to inherit a large tool collection from my father in law to supplement what I already had, so in my garage I have a set of tools hung on pegboard for everyday tasks.



I made my bench with a fold out work area that I keep tools on when doing bike stuff



I have enough tools that I have also built a tool box of bike specific tools, cone wrenches, headset wrenches, allen keys, torx keys, cable cutter, freewheel, chain, botton bracket and crank tools, etc. That way I can grab it and go when I work on bikes away from the house, or just set it on the bench or by the stand in the garage.
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I've stacked so many tool chests that I have to use a step stool to use the top one.

The OP should use a tool called spell check.
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I keep the tools in a craftsman three drawer portable tool box except for the wheel dishing tool. I prefer it because I like to take my tools with me to swap meets and trips to Colorado. However I constantly debate creating a toolboard, but I keep coming back to like taking the tools on the road with me.

I have that PCS-10 folding stand too, so it's a completely portable setup.
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mine are scattered around haphazardly on my bench, with the most recently used tool on top. Precision tools get special care and I usually put those away in thier special boxes right away. Sometime parts get strewn over everything and it spices things up when trying to extract a hammer at the bottom of the pile without tangling up in the cables sitting over the top of everything.
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Originally Posted by dinkjs
So right now I keep my used tools on the tool tray that attaches to my mechanic stand, but when I need other tools I keep them in my tool box with all other types of tools not pertinent to bicycles. I really dont find this very efficient, nor do I find keeping tools up on the wall. So how do you guys like storing your tools/supplies other then the "throwing them wherever they land" method?

I am thinking of getting a HF 3 drawer mobile cart/tray for bicycle specific tools to keep right there at the stand.
Apart from repair stand, truing stand, and dish stick I put everything bicycle specific in the top drawer of my rolling tool cabinet which is reserved for bicycle tools, hex/Torx keys, and the stubby combination wrenches which didn't fit in the wrench drawer above.

I use one top chest drawer for 1/4 and 3/8 drive tools, one for 1/2" drive, one for combination wrenches, and one small drawer for screw drivers. My sockets and wrenches are all on racks in size order.

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I have a rolling work table that usually sits next to the workstand, and the tools stay in my Park Tools tool roll. . .which stays in my bedroom until I need it. NO TOOL is safe in my garage. I have extended family....
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
The OP should use a tool called spell check.
I use a cardboard box for my "excess" tools while pegboards and traditional tool boxes keep my existing tools accessible.
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Tool boards are the way to do a home based bike service area. Keeps things organized and quick to locate. Get a piece of plywood, some 1-1/2" finish nails and organized the tools by group. Center the most used tools and less often used ones as you go out from center.

A dictionary is a superior tool for spell checking...it teaches on two fronts (some will argue for 3 to include kin-esthetic), tactile and visual. Spell check encourages the brain and person to be lazy.

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Recognizing the need for memory enhancement, I purposefully hide my tools all over the garage and pick extraordinarily complex locations for their safe storage.
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Recognizing the need for memory enhancement, I purposefully hide my tools all over the garage and pick extraordinarily complex locations for their safe storage.
This, always this!
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Recognizing the need for memory enhancement, I purposefully hide my tools all over the garage and pick extraordinarily complex locations for their safe storage.
Nice. I do this too, but had forgotten why . . .
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Recognizing the need for memory enhancement, I purposefully hide my tools all over the garage and pick extraordinarily complex locations for their safe storage.
I recently had to take my son's pcoket knife from him, as he made some poor choices dealing with knife safety and usage. I set in a safe place that I knew. My wife thought it needed to be somewhere else, so she put it there. We are not sure where there is. His new knife arrived at the house last night. I like Amazon Prime.
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Most of the stuff I need stays in this, and it's what i travel with.




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I like that, cxwrench!

Me, I like to leave all my bike tools accessible on the dining room table, but I think my girlfriend is going to put the kibosh on that soon.
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