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Old 01-17-10, 11:14 AM
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Opinions on this tool kit...

So I'm very interested in continuing to learn bike mechanics. I still intend to take the bike to an LBS every once in a while to double check on some of the work I do, of course, but I definitely am aiming to eventually be skilled enough to barely have to rely on LBS.

Anyways I was searching for tool kits on ebay and came across this one.

https://cgi.ebay.com/Home-Mechanic-Bi...item3ca92a3f0f

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Chain rivet extractor 1 pc
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Steel Tyre Levers 3 pcs
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Cotterless Crankarm Extractor 1 pc
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Manometry pen for tyre 1 pc 
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Hed set wrench 1pc
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Pedal wrench 1 pc
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Wrench with red handle 1 pc
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Freewheel Wrench 1 pc
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Adjustable wrench 1 pc
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8mm / 10mm open end wrench 1 pc
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Cone / Hub Conespanner 2 pcs
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Wrench with cross screwdriver head 1 pc
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Hex key wrench with ball head 8 pcs
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Hex key wrench with vinyl coated, red handle 2 pcs
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Freewheel Remover 1 pc Silver
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Forged Spoke adjuster 10/ 11/ 12/ 13/ 14/ 15G 1 pc
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Bottom Bracket and Headset Lock ring tool 1 pc
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Cartridge.B.B.TOOL 1 pc Black
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8 mm/ 9 mm/ 10 mm Cartridge with extension rod 5 pcs
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Cross screw drivers 2 pcs + FLAT Blade Screwdrivers 2 pcs
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Tyre Repair Kit (glue, 5 pcs patches, iron scuff pad & 8 pcs cycle valves)
Seems extremely well equipped and at $25 that price looks unbeatable.

Of course, such a low price for a tool kit raises concerns about quality. So, any opinions? Any better tool kits that are also modestly priced?
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Old 01-17-10, 11:17 AM
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plus the 25$ shipping not that great deal to me.Just go get some park tools if you have that kind of budget.
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Old 01-17-10, 11:36 AM
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Crap I totally forgot the shipping. That makes the price point moot now.

I had been looking at some park tool kits, but the more complete ones will cost a pretty penny.

I found this one by Avenir on amazon and it looks kind of good... more expensive than the one I wrote about in OP but probably better... and also more complete and less expensive than Park kits.

https://www.amazon.com/Avenir-Home-Me...3749477&sr=8-2

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Old 01-17-10, 12:18 PM
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Most things you get from tool kit are used , but later you will find them useless. What i did was buy them individual knowing i would actually use the specific tools i bought
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just buy individual tools as you need them. you're not going to need a whole kit unless you build bikes daily. plus, that ebay link you posted is for a no name set from canada. they would probably break after a few uses.
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Old 01-17-10, 05:28 PM
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Thanks for the tips, guys. I already have one of those little Park multi tools and a wrench, and they've worked for me so far. I haven't needed to do any real heavy work. I probably will just limit myself to buying tools as I need them.

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yea. I also get tools as I go along. For the longest time, I only have those Nashbar multi tools that has several allens, flat heads, phillips, and a chain tool and the Pedro Trixie. I think u could do a lot of adjusting and tune ups with just those since most stuff just require allens or wrenches. Unless u get into servicing headsets, cranks, BBs, hubs etc. But just get those as u go along and need to service those. If u have a bike co-op near ur place u might not need much at all

EDIT: oh, and when u do get tools, try to stick with park or pedro's so u can be sure they're not gonna break after a few uses

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Just get bike specific tools (like a chainwhip; chain breaker, etc...) from well known bike tools makers such as park tool when you need them or when you see them somewhere for cheap and avoid getting the basic tools from bike tool makers (like hex wrenches; box wrenches; etc).... I would go for a bike repair stand first (premade or homemade) tho; it helps with or without specialized bike tools whenever servicing any bike.
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Originally Posted by ichitz
yea. I also get tools as I go along. For the longest time, I only have those Nashbar multi tools that has several allens, flat heads, phillips, and a chain tool and the Pedro Trixie. I think u could do a lot of adjusting and tune ups with just those since most stuff just require allens or wrenches. Unless u get into servicing headsets, cranks, BBs, hubs etc. But just get those as u go along and need to service those. If u have a bike co-op near ur place u might not need much at all

EDIT: oh, and when u do get tools, try to stick with park or pedro's so u can be sure they're not gonna break after a few uses
Thanks for suggesting the bike co-op, though I'm not exactly sure what that entails (NOOB... never been to one).

I see you live in Brooklyn. Have you found one near you? Anywhere I could check if there's one close to where I live?

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Old 01-17-10, 09:35 PM
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Most bike co-op have workshop hours where u can bring ur bike and service stuff on ur own using their tools and repair stands. The one closest to me is Time's Up. They have several locations tho. I think one in the lower east side and one in Williamsburg. Do a google search for them. I believe their mechanic won't do ur stuff for u but will help u answer some questions if u have some. They also offer free mechanics classes if u need. Someone told me Recycle-a-Bicycle also have free classes but I'm not sure. They are located in DUMBO.
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Lifu makes that tool set under a bunch of different brands. It will do the job in a pinch, but you're paying for a plastic case, some tools you'll never use, and some that will break or wear out quickly. Still, I've built several bikes with one of those kits.

A better idea is to build your set with the tools you need. There are some eBay sellers that offer combined shipping, so if you get one or two every payday, you can build a nice set of quality tools in a few months. Also look to someplace like Harbor Freight for tool deals. T-handle allen wrenches from there are pretty good, and less than the Park versions.
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^^ Thanks, I'll be doing something along that line.

Originally Posted by ichitz
Most bike co-op have workshop hours where u can bring ur bike and service stuff on ur own using their tools and repair stands. The one closest to me is Time's Up. They have several locations tho. I think one in the lower east side and one in Williamsburg. Do a google search for them. I believe their mechanic won't do ur stuff for u but will help u answer some questions if u have some. They also offer free mechanics classes if u need. Someone told me Recycle-a-Bicycle also have free classes but I'm not sure. They are located in DUMBO.
Ahhh k, great. I assumed it was something along this line. I also live in Williamsburg, so I'll be trying to check out / google some of these nearby co-ops.

Thanks a ton.
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