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Old 06-30-14, 01:42 PM
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Tools for first bike build

I'm collecting parts (I have the frame, headset, fork, wheels, 105 groupset), and need to think about tools to put it all together. I have an assortment of tools (chain pliers, chain tool, pedal wrenches, plus the usual assortment of metric allen wrenches, combination wrenches, 1/4" and 3/8" sockets etc.), but want to make sure that I have all the tools on-hand that I'll likely need to complete this assembly without a lot of fartin' around.

It seems obvious that I'll need a chain whip (just in case I have to take the cassette off) and a Park FR-5G Cassette Lockring Tool and a Park BBT-19 Bottom Bracket Tool.

Are there any other bike-specific tools I should have on hand (or might want to have) before I start assembly? I understand that a Dremel tool works well for cutting cables housings, and I have one of those.

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for assembly, a chain tool, and a few 3/8" hex sockets and ratchet, a hacksaw and wire cutters for the steerer and cables. i'm assuming th 105 crank is a new one piece crank.
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
i'm assuming th 105 crank is a new one piece crank.
Yup it is, and I'm all set for the other items you listed - Thanks. Does a standard wire cutter work ok on brake/shift cables?
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Originally Posted by Steve Sawyer View Post
Yup it is, and I'm all set for the other items you listed - Thanks. Does a standard wire cutter work ok on brake/shift cables?
No it does not. You need a pair of cable cutters. You also need a wrench to install the bottom bracket, and you should have a torque wrench to properly tighten pedal arms and stem and handlebar clamps
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i just use some old needle nosed pliers that have a wire cutting capability. i use them on the cables and the housing. then a file. for the almost inflexible derailleur housing that is used now due to modern derailleur requirements, it doesn't work as well as i like, but it works well enough.

experience has shown me that there are tool gatherers and non tool gatherers. most know what type they are and act accordingly...
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While you're at it, pick up a tool for tightening the crank arm fixing bolt (and thus adjusting the bearing preload). Check for Shimano's TL-FC16 or Park's BBT-10. Or the Park BBT-9 can be used for mounting the BB cups and setting preload in lieu of the BBT-19.

Depending which hubs you have, some cone wrenches may be useful for adjustment.

Not tools, but...
Grease and mild solvent. Possibly anti-seize and carbon assembly paste if appropriate.
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Old 07-01-14, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
experience has shown me that there are tool gatherers and non tool gatherers. most know what type they are and act accordingly...
Heh, heh....

You talkin' to ME??
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+1 on the torque wrench. I don't think the BB and crank arms can be installed properly without one. A beam type is inexpensive and works fine.
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Originally Posted by desertdork View Post
While you're at it, pick up a tool for tightening the crank arm fixing bolt (and thus adjusting the bearing preload). Check for Shimano's TL-FC16 or Park's BBT-10. Or the Park BBT-9 can be used for mounting the BB cups and setting preload in lieu of the BBT-19.

Depending which hubs you have, some cone wrenches may be useful for adjustment.

Not tools, but...
Grease and mild solvent. Possibly anti-seize and carbon assembly paste if appropriate.
Is that thing on the "other" end of the BBT-9 designed to do the same thing as the TL-FC16 or the BBT-10? I do have some cone wrenches, but I'll need to check the sizes I have.

Also, I'm a big believer in anti-sieze compound. I assume that all threads, requiring dis-assembly (bottom bracket, crank-arm cap, spoke nipples etc.) rather than actual lubrication (like a bearing) are good candidates for use of anti-sieze.
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Originally Posted by JBC353 View Post
+1 on the torque wrench. I don't think the BB and crank arms can be installed properly without one. A beam type is inexpensive and works fine.
That would suggest that I should stick with the BBT-19 instead of the BBT-9, as you can't put a torque wrench on a spanner.
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