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What would someone need for this...

First off, I need a good air pump set up for my bikes? How about a good tire pressure gauge as well? I want to get this set up immediately.

For the big question:

If you were to set up your own "bike repair" spot in your garage, what would you get and why? You can see where this is going. I'd like to set up an area in my garage that allows me to work on my bikes. I'm not looking for extravagant setups. A setup that includes some sort of bike lift is obvious, but I need some specifics from anyone that has any insight into this.

My new garage has an area that is 20x30 that can be used for this.

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Here is not the greatest picture but can give you an idea. I used to have 2 lifts but it was getting crowded especially with the tire changer in there.
Handy Lift
Small Air Compressor
Workbench
Vice
Tool Boxes
Lots of Shelves and Storage Area's (I usually have multiple long term projects)
You will never have enugh tools or space

If you have any questions let me know. I'm still tweaking but its getting there.
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I like your setup... That's what I am looking for. The storage is somethign I didn't consider... Good idea there.

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I think my setup is more than people need to just maintain there bikes. I have a lot more stuff in there than I listed but I have built bikes from the ground up. I am actually looking at adding on the the garage so I can have a dedicated workshop for motor work and bike storage. Like I said it never ends.

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Crap....I really need to quit work, get organized and start doing what I planned nearly 5 years ago. Nice set up....I just need the lift...I have the space...I just need to organize. The tools, I started collecting a few years back. I have always had the woodworking tools, but not collecting the wrenching tools and metal working tools. I have a larger compressor for painting and running air tools...also have a small one in the garage for doing tires and such. I just bought an anvil HFT has an english wheel and planishing hammer on sale. Have OX/ACL set up, mig welder...still deciding on TIG welder and plasma cutter. And if I should buy the same set up Jim has for tire changing.

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I'm gonna get a press next and if I magically get more space I plan on getting the oxy/acl tanks and a small lathe or mill next. I already have arc and mig welders. If I ever go nuts and want to build my own frames then I'll step up and get a tig welder Thats a ways off though. There is so much I can add to this list. Have you guys checked out The Garage Journal ? Its a garage forum, the guys on there have some great ideas.

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Damn, you guys are serious. I'll just be happy to be able to easily change my oil and clean the bikes haha. Although, i am sure that's where it starts...

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I saw some lifts at the show for like $600-$700, anyone remember who makes em?
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Air compressor is a must. Skip those little tankless tire inflater thingies. Mine broke in a little over a year from over usage. I purchases a 2HP Craftsman 150 PSI model with 33 Gallon tank. About $300

I use a Westward heavy duty tire inflater nozzle for my tires. It has a really nice sturdy air pressure gauge built in. About $60


You can also invest in some nice metric sockets, wrenches, T-handle allen wrenches, and maybe air tools and bike lift.

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Air compressor is a must. Skip those little tankless tire inflater thingies. Mine broke in a little over a year from over usage. I purchases a 2HP Craftsman 150 PSI model with 33 Gallon tank.

I use a Westward heavy duty tire inflater nozzle for my tires. It has a really nice sturdy air pressure gauge built in. About $60
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How much did you pay for the compressor?
I edited my post. It was a tad less than $300. You can go all out and get a higher end model if you like. I opted for a smaller model as I did not wanted to run a 240v power line.

The model I have is the most powerful 120volt that Sears makes. It is powerful enough to run air tools and paint plastics.

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This is the model I have. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=air+compresor

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I have that same compessor. I works well with impact wrenches, but if you plan on using air ratchets you will need some thing with a larger capacity. It is also really loud. I can usually remove a set (20) of wheel bolts with a 1/2 impact before the motor kicks on.
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I have a 30 gallon Craftsman compressor (came with free air tools) and a ~300 piece craftsman mechanic's tool set. I've had it for like 2 years and I've only had to buy a couple tools (like obscure sockets)

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I have that same compessor. I works well with impact wrenches, but if you plan on using air ratchets you will need some thing with a larger capacity. It is also really loud. I can usually remove a set (20) of wheel bolts with a 1/2 impact before the motor kicks on.
That is my impression as well. It's not bad for light air tool use and painting race plastics and such. The 1/2" impact wrench makes rotating my tires a breeze.

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