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My first fixie... What tools should I get?

Old 05-26-09, 08:09 PM
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My first fixie... What tools should I get?

Hi everyone,

I am a seasoned rider, owning some 5 or 6 geared bikes all assembled/maintained myself. Currently I am staying in U.S. for some months so I wanted to try some SS/Fixed bike I've been always dreamed of. (My hometown has lots of hills)

I have searched craigslist in vain and bought the cheapest bike available there, Ebay crosslake bike. I know there are better bikes out there but I don't to want to invest much now. As this bike is the cheapest out there, I don't want to pay lots of money to LBS too so I'll maintain the bike myself.

The question is that what tools I should purchase to maintain the SS/fixed bike for some months. I am very familiar with typical geared bikes but don't know anything about SS bikes. Currently I am planning to get a pedros trixie multi-tool. Should I some other tools or that will do?

Comments welcome!
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Old 05-26-09, 09:04 PM
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well since you already have a gear bike, you probably only need a lockring tool.
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Old 05-26-09, 10:50 PM
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I maintain my fixed gear with a 15 mm wrench for tensioning the chain when it needs it. That's about all the maintenance you should need.
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15mm Wrench.
Allen set.
done.
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Old 05-27-09, 12:11 AM
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Thanks a lot... think I can manage with tools I've got plus lockring tool.
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Do you know what size tires the crosslake bikes come with?
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Old 05-27-09, 08:13 AM
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what about cone wrenches?
i need to get some of these soon...my hubs need adjusting

i may order a trixie tool as well
 
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i like this tool:

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Lockring wrench if you ever want to change cogs
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Trixie = good stuff.

These are some pictures i took for another thread of bike tools/supplies. I also have standard wrenches, screwdrivers, and whatnot.

I carry this stuff on the bike:


And I use this stuff at home:
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A lot of folks run a 1/4" chain. You may need to adjust your chain whip if you do that. I'd say your shop tools won't change much (aside from lockring tool), but your carry-along tools will. That also depends on whether you run with quick release wheels (I wouldn't).
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A shoehorn... you'll need it to squeeze into the tight jeans.
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If you are getting a trixie tool then you won't need a lockring hook, and I can't imagine needing to carry one with you.

As for other cool, gimmicky tools, there is the chainwhip/lockring hook/pedal wench, I haven't picked one up yet though.

A guy here named Brooklyn showed me a 15 mm box wrench that he had cut down and put a kick into the neck, this not only fits into his pocket but also provides a foot leverage point for spinning off axle nuts.

I would recomend a chainring bolt wrench, incase you find a need to change your gearing and any multi tool with a chain tool involved.

I'm sure I could think of more, if I tried, but I'll stop there.
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Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
Trixie = good stuff.

These are some pictures i took for another thread of bike tools/supplies. I also have standard wrenches, screwdrivers, and whatnot.

I carry this stuff on the bike:


And I use this stuff at home:
You're a virtual rolling LBS. Good stuff.
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That Trixie tool actually seems worthwhile. Just wish they put the pinhole in a different spot.
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yeah HandsomeRyan, thats a pretty solid tool collection. I dont bother carrying tools/tubes/air when I ride my geared bike though, Bontrager Hardcases take away a lot of the worry of getting a flat
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