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bicycle tools?

What kind of speciality tools will I be needing to do basic bicycle maintenace?

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I was wondering the same thing. I'll bet the little brake caliper is a bitch to rebuild on my Trek.

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You should have justabout everything already...allens, spoons, wrenches.

If youre talking toolkit for on the bike, you want some plastic spoons, extra tube, and some allens.

You might want to get a pedal wrench...or just borrow mine.
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There are some kick ass mountain bike trails by Kalamazoo Michigan, and then the Bell's Brewary in town. Best place I have ever riden! Awesome trails!

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ok, thanks john!

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The bike tool manufacturer most racers use is Park Tool Company.

You can find their products at http://www.parktool.com/products/

They specialize in bike shops, racers and home set-ups. They most likely have anything and everything that you can think of. If you just wanna use stuff, feel free to bring your bike over to my place as I have the pro stand and most of the key tools.

But, as i said, they have the best stuff typically and you can't go wrong with Park.

EDIT: Oh yeah, here is a list of the online retailers:
http://www.parktool.com/wheretobuy/n...lretailers.asp

My preference for online is Nashbar. http://www.nashbar.com/results.cfm?brand=1198&init=y

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I was the cycle team back in the late 80's at ASU. Dont know what kind of cycling you are doing, but I spent some money on a truing stand. Large bumps put my rims out of true quite often. It can get costly to bring your wheel into the shop everytime a pot hole or some other event puts your rim out of wack. They are only like $30.

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I think the only specialty tools I have are assorted spoke wrenches, a wheel alignment (truing stand) rig, screw-type chain tool, thin metric wrench, crank puller, and freewheel/cassette remover.

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Ya I have spoke wrenchs, and a clamp for the brakes is nice to have, it takes away the need for a third hand while setting the brake pad distance.




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I think the only specialty tools I have are assorted spoke wrenches, a wheel alignment (truing stand) rig, screw-type chain tool, thin metric wrench, crank puller, and freewheel/cassette remover.
Yeah the cog remover is a good thing to have if youre switching your gearing around often. The bottom bracket tool is nice to have, but for how often you mess with it, may not be worth getting.

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Ya you really wont need a cog tool any time soon. I used to work at a bike shop when I was a kid (my first job ever ) and we rarly had to use it.




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The bike tool manufacturer most racers use is Park Tool Company.

You can find their products at http://www.parktool.com/products/

They specialize in bike shops, racers and home set-ups. They most likely have anything and everything that you can think of. If you just wanna use stuff, feel free to bring your bike over to my place as I have the pro stand and most of the key tools.

But, as i said, they have the best stuff typically and you can't go wrong with Park.

EDIT: Oh yeah, here is a list of the online retailers:
http://www.parktool.com/wheretobuy/n...lretailers.asp

My preference for online is Nashbar. http://www.nashbar.com/results.cfm?brand=1198&init=y

Enjoy,

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I suggest getting one of those bike holder stands too. Saves your back when working on a bike and it can adjust the bike to any angle in a 3-d plane.
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Chris... I hope everything is ok?
Please let me know, if its out of the ordinary and I have to make it right I will.

Bike stand is always helpful.
But after seeing your garage you have most everything.
I think there are special tools for the cranks, spokes and of course the bleed kit for the disc brakes.

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nothing is wrong, joe, don't worry. I just like to have everything I need to do maintenance on the things I own.

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+1 on the Park Bike Stand. I bought the pro model they use in bike shops 10-15 years ago, it still works great and looks like new. Absolutely invaluable.

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I was the cycle team back in the late 80's at ASU. Dont know what kind of cycling you are doing, but I spent some money on a truing stand. Large bumps put my rims out of true quite often. It can get costly to bring your wheel into the shop everytime a pot hole or some other event puts your rim out of wack. They are only like $30.
An upside down bike with V brakes will do the same thing as that cheapo truing stand.

Vcook, was I MIA the day you posted this or something?

Essential list if you want to do anything:
4th hand brake tool, used for precise adjustments on brake and deraileur cable tension.
T allen set--if you don't have these already.
bottom bracket socket--you need the one to fit your bike, there are a dozen different sizes.
crank puller--there are 2 types, CCP2 for square taper spindles and CCP4 for ISIS splined cranks.
tire levers
15mm crescent for pedals---don't buy a pedal wrench, any 15mm wrench will fit...if it doesn't you just grind the sides down so it's thin enough to fit between the pedal body and the crank.
cassette socket
chainwhip---used in combination with cassette socket to the get the cassette off.
spoke wrench, multi-size circular so you only need 1 instead of all 3.
chainbreaker and spare breakoff chain pins.

Depending on what headset you have (threaded or threadless) you'll need a few specialized wrenches. They're extremely thin and larger than 30mm. If the headset is threadless, you won't need these at all. A full set of cone wrenches (the really thin wrenches) from 11-19mm would be nice, but they're only used for tightening/adjusting hubs and that would take some training to figure out.

You'll also need a bicycle stand so you can get the bike off the ground and run through the gears, or you can use a trainer for the same thing.
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why does the bicycle market insist on having two types of tube valves? sheesh, how lame.

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come-on dude, you gotta run Presta valves or you'll be laughed out of the community(kidding). Don't go nuts on the tools, it's not necessary. Get a decent floor pump for the garage and a decent framepump for the trail. Once you start riding off-road you will want to carry:

-a multi-tool
-spare tube
-chain breaker(yes, I've used them way the fuck out in the middle of nowhere and it saved my ass)
-tire levers

Brake work for you will be different since you're going to have disc, I know nothing about bicycle disc brake systems.
Modern bottom brackets are sealed and you will never need to deal with it unless you want to upgrade to like a Ti spindle or something.
Don't buy a crank puller, if you need one you can borrow mine, it's pretty rare to need one unless you're swapping chain rings or deep cleaning.
You might need a headset wrench, if it feels good out of the box(no binding no play) then don't worry about it.

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why does the bicycle market insist on having two types of tube valves? sheesh, how lame.

This pisses off Dirtbiker. I didn't ride the thing last year because I never got around to finding adapter dealie.
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I've had good luck with "price point"

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This pisses off Dirtbiker. I didn't ride the thing last year because I never got around to finding adapter dealie.
Any good floor pump will do schrader and presta...and the adapter is only $3 or so from a decent bike shop.
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