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Old 05-27-09, 10:38 PM   #1
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Good Tool Set

I was just looking to try and find a good starter tool set. I'm not looking to drop big $$$ on it. I am a college student and therefore am broke. Just some good ideas for a good set????
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http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/145...--21-Tools.htm
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i'd watch craigslist or ebay, I got the park tool "starter set" for my birthday several years back. it has everything you need to do a minimal tuneup, since then I've built up to a mechanic-worthy collection of bike tools.
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Head up to Sears and get a craftsman set that comes in a case and everything. Their tools have a lifetime warranty. If it breaks, you bring it into Sears and they hand you a brand new one. If of course you were using the tool as intended. They won't accept tools with signs of abuse, such as a screwdriver with the handle smashed with a hammer as if it's a chisel.
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It's pretty hard to beat this starter set of inexpensive tools- I mean, 45 bucks one-stop shop and you're ready to go. There's a few in there that you'll never use, but like I say, 45 clams. As time goes by and you wear out some of these and your tool needs increase with experience, you can replace/upgrade on an as-needed basis.
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Head up to Sears and get a craftsman set that comes in a case and everything. Their tools have a lifetime warranty. If it breaks, you bring it into Sears and they hand you a brand new one. If of course you were using the tool as intended. They won't accept tools with signs of abuse, such as a screwdriver with the handle smashed with a hammer as if it's a chisel.
Craftsman makes a set of bike tools and Sears carries it?
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Craftsman tools are OK/adequate, but.........

Their ratchet handles are some of the worst on the planet. I unfortunately have some of them- not very many engagement teeth, wobbly loose mechanism. I have the standard grade as well high polished top grade. They ALL suck. I have taken some in for the guarantee replacement in the past because I thought maybe I had a bad one , and they traded out no receipt/no questions asked.

But what I ask is this: why would I want to replace a piece of crap with the same piece of crap?

OK, rant over.
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Craftsman makes a set of bike tools and Sears carries it?
He didn't say bike tools.. Now granted, this is a bike forum, however a nut is a nut and a bolt is a bolt. Sure that $45 set of 'bike tools' is a good deal. But that's just what those are, bike tools. Why not buy a 53 piece craftsman set that they have on sale for $40 online that can fix a bike and also fix something on the car or house.
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He didn't say bike tools.. Now granted, this is a bike forum, however a nut is a nut and a bolt is a bolt. Sure that $45 set of 'bike tools' is a good deal. But that's just what those are, bike tools. Why not buy a 53 piece craftsman set that they have on sale for $40 online that can fix a bike and also fix something on the car or house.
I've never seen what Craftsman has to offer when installing a headset, removing a bottom bracket or working on a cassette.
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I've never seen what Craftsman has to offer when installing a headset, removing a bottom bracket or working on a cassette.
I'm sure it all can be done
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not correctly though. Bike specific tools are pretty important when working on a bike (who'dathunkit). In addition get a good set of metric T handle allen keys, a set that folds out of the handle and then 2 or 3 or 10 cheaper sets of the kind that come in plastic holder. They are the most common fastener on a bike and I always seemed to have everyone but the one I need. I fixed that buy having multiple sets an strategically putting them in the places I am most likely to work on bike.
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not correctly though. Bike specific tools are pretty important when working on a bike (who'dathunkit). In addition get a good set of metric T handle allen keys, a set that folds out of the handle and then 2 or 3 or 10 cheaper sets of the kind that come in plastic holder. They are the most common fastener on a bike and I always seemed to have everyone but the one I need. I fixed that buy having multiple sets an strategically putting them in the places I am most likely to work on bike.
+1. Yup. I have probably 4 sets of metric allens- one of those sets being ball driver ends- split up between my bike kit and the collection that rolls w/me in the van with all my mechanic's and carpentry tools.

Probably the tools in the kit box that are not bike-specific are misc. screwdrivers, metric sockets and wrenches. crescent wrench, pliers, dikes, punches, coupla different hammers, tweezers, hemostats, metric/SAE tape measure, and well, a few other odds and ends.

AND there are numerous bike-dedicated tools that are essential when needed: crank pullers, BB tools, freewheel/cassette tools, pedal bearing and installation tools, cone wrenches, chain whip, cable cutter, derailleur alignment gauge, chain wear gauge, those are what I can come up with on the top of my head.

Then of course the big ones like floor pumps, workstand, truing stand.

Between my GF and myself there's eight bikes. I like to work on the silly things and I want to have the tools to do it. So, mechanically inclined, this is what I've ended up with a few years down the road.
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