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Old 01-22-06, 04:12 AM
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need a new tool set..
saw this on nashbar. wondering if its any good?
(edit) not for anything serious.
just some tools so i can at least adjust a few things on my bike.
like head sets. seat post. bars

http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...ku=3521&brand=


or u guys got anything better around that price?

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I try to avoid tool sets unless I know that each piece is quality
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Old 01-22-06, 04:45 AM
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I wouldn't buy it..
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Buy tools one by one as you need them.
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i have a tool kit that is essentially the same as that and while it is useful to have all of the tools you might need many of the tools in that kit leave much to be desired. the cone wrenches suck balls I have mangled my knuckles on more than one occasion trying to use them of yeah the headset wrench sucks too...the adjustable wrench is cheap POS that no longer works either. the tools in that kit that are actually worth while are the crank puller and the bottom bracket tools....I would reccommend buying individual tools...while it will most likely be more expensive at least you know you will be getting quality tools
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I bought the exact same set about 10 years ago and I agree with everybody else. These tools are made my Lifu (sp?) which isn't exactly the best tool brand. Although I have to say the set served me well, I don't think I still use any of the original tools. Instead I've replaced the ones I actually use with better ones, i.e. Park, Whench Force, or Pedros brand. The one exception is the Allen's, and the cone wrenches which are still working just fine.
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Originally Posted by LóFarkas
Buy tools one by one as you need them.
I agree, you'll end up with a much better set of tools in the long run, stuff that'll last as long as you will.
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i got the "big!" nashbar toobox for christmas, so far so good, there's stuff i probably wont use in it, but it doesnt hurt to have
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I got the big one for X-mas several years ago. Worked well but I have replaced many of them with quality tools. If you have nothing now, it may be a good idea and the price is good.
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Buy separately.
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another vote for buying seperately. you'll pay a little more, but end up with a better tool kit.
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Well assuming Revit (OP) does not own any bike specific tools, then what tools would you recommend he buy separately? I'm assuming he already owns basic screw drivers, wrenches, hex keys, etc.
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i'd go with:

pedal wrench
cone wrench
headset wrench
crank puller
pin spanner (or other bb wrench as appropriate)

i'm prolly forgetting some things, but that's a start
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I'd also invest in a good quality metric allen wrench set.
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Originally Posted by dolface
i'd go with:

pedal wrench
cone wrench
headset wrench
crank puller
pin spanner (or other bb wrench as appropriate)

i'm prolly forgetting some things, but that's a start
+1 and the metric allen wrench set suggestion.
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the allen wrench set was assumed in Nachoman's post...

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I bought what is basically that same set from Performance - I think I had to pay $35 for it, on sale. It was totally worth it. I wrenched at a bike shop for a couple of years, so I've used the shop-grade park stuff. The set you are showing is definitely not the best stuff ever, but it's worth the $35. It's a good place to start. Now, I've got a little more money to throw around so I've been buying park tools here and there, but some of that cheapo stuff still gets used everytime I break down the bike.

Buy it, if it means you wont have to use a flat head screwdrive and a hammer for most of your repairs. The things I would upgrade are the cone wrenches, and the BB tool. Those things are cheap, anyhow
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Originally Posted by teadoggg
I bought what is basically that same set from Performance - I think I had to pay $35 for it, on sale. It was totally worth it. I wrenched at a bike shop for a couple of years, so I've used the shop-grade park stuff. The set you are showing is definitely not the best stuff ever, but it's worth the $35. It's a good place to start. Now, I've got a little more money to throw around so I've been buying park tools here and there, but some of that cheapo stuff still gets used everytime I break down the bike.

Buy it, if it means you wont have to use a flat head screwdrive and a hammer for most of your repairs. The things I would upgrade are the cone wrenches, and the BB tool. Those things are cheap, anyhow

Are there different levels of park tools?
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Originally Posted by hyperRevue
Are there different levels of park tools?

Not for all of them, but a number of them are a bit more "beefy". There are several different chain breakers, different pedal wrenches, cone wrenches, etc etc etc. they're all really really good, but some of them are a little heavier/thicker to put up with "show use", you know, being used all the time, dropped on concrete floors 12 times per day, being used to joust other drunk bike shop employees.

One thing I wouldn't use inexpensive tools on are for the "critical" parts of the bike - you know, headsets, taps & dyes, cone removers, things like that.
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and if you're really looking to spend money on tools (and can even find them) buy var tools, they're the freakin' BOMB
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arent pedro tools guaranteed for life?
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Originally Posted by dolface
the allen wrench set was assumed in Nachoman's post...
Just to clarify, having a nice set other than say a multi-tool that's hard to handle makes wrenching at home much easier. Also having a full range... 2.5,3,4,5,6 and the bomber 8mm for crank bolts if your bike is so equiped, is nice.
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Originally Posted by zerobug
Just to clarify, having a nice set other than say a multi-tool that's hard to handle makes wrenching at home much easier. Also having a full range... 2.5,3,4,5,6 and the bomber 8mm for crank bolts if your bike is so equiped, is nice.
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Oh, also a chainring bolt spanner. This is the best $2 I've spent on a tool.
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thanks guys!
well i'm probably gonna go with the seperate method, since majority of the votes are pro-seperate.

although the set still seeem a lil faster to collect them all.

but i'm quality over quantitiy, and spending the money on the same thing again is just not worth it for me.

again, thank you guys for so much useful infos!
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