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Minimal Tools

Old 06-08-11, 02:42 AM
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Minimal Tools

Does anyone have a list of the least amount of tools someone would need to take their bike apart completely and to put it back together? I'd looking for tools online so I can learn to maintain my bike myself, but being on a college-student budget I'm trying not to spend too much money.

Right now I have a allen keys, wrenches, and a lockring tool. I'm not sure what tools I would need to remove my crank/bottom bracket, and what I'd need to service them. Same with my formula hubs.

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i use metric allens and metric sockets the most, along with necessities like good tire levers (i like pedros) and a good floor pump (i use a silca) (i'd also like a shimano track tool, which has a lockring spanner and a chainwhip in one, but it's expensive and i have yet to buy it). i would also suggest good cable cutters, needle nose pliers, a rubber mallet, nipple keys, chain breaker, and an adjustable wrench. more specialty tools would include a crank puller (for appropriate square taper or octalink bbs), pin spanner (for my sugino 75 bb cups), cone wrenches, cable puller tool, and hacksaw blade guide. last would be expensive tools that you'll probably only use a couple times, like a headset cup remover, headset press, crown race puller, crown race setter.

(nearly all of these tools I borrow while I work at the local shop, i really just have the allens, sockets, tire levers, pump, and spoke key at my house)

I'm sure i'm missing other useful tools you'll likely find in a bike shop. mostly seems like bb tools for specific bottom brackets.
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^^Lupin and I have the same strategy...Make buddies with the local "bro" shop owner, trade flat fixes and minor labor for shop time.

I own a minor mechanics tool box for while traveling to races:

Chain Tool (buy the 3/32" tool, it can be used for both 1/8" and 3/32" chains)
Socket Wrench
Allen Keys
Tire Levers (Pedros as well)
Bike Pump (generic off eBay)
Spoke Keys

Everything else can be borrowed *wink*
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thinking about buying some tools for when i move out of davis and shop bro is now too far away to reasonably borrow tools from. mostly cone wrenches, felcos, and some pin spanners.

other thing i'd definitely stock up on is rags, degreaser (citrus water based works, but the best is the alcohol based brake disc cleaner for cars. terrible for you lungs and skin though, so you should probably wear gloves and use it outside), tri flow, and some good grease (phil if you can swing it, park tool poly lube is good too). 80% of the tune up is probably tightening cables and dumping tri flow all over everything.
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