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Tool kitnewhouse
Sep 3, 2001 6:59 PM
i'm a fairly new roadie looking to fiddle with his bike (could be trouble!). does anyone have suggestions on inexpensive tool kits? what tools need to be included so that i can do most things? i've already ordered zinn's maintenance book as my first step. thanks in advance.
re: Tool kitdavet
Sep 3, 2001 7:50 PM
Newhouse: I don't know how involved you want to get working on your bike, but from experience, I would tell you to buy the VERY BEST tools that you can afford. You can be thrifty, don't be cheap. Cheap tools are often made from inferior materials, not built to the best specifications or tolerances and can ruin your perfectly good bike.
re: Tool kitfredfal
Sep 3, 2001 8:14 PM
If you want something cheap and functional, get a good multi-tool like a Topeak Alien or McGuiver ($30-$50). You get all your allen wrenches, a chain tool, tire levers, spoke wrench, screw drivers...

You can mess up your bike at home and when it breaks on a ride, you'll have your trusty Ailen along so you can try to get home.
Lifu makes a good tool kitAlpedhuez55
Sep 4, 2001 6:41 AM
Lifu makes a good kit for beginers. It will have most things you need for basic repairs. It is repackaged and sold by Cycle Pro, Avocet, and Nashbar among others. Nashbar happens to have it on sale for $45.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?category=99&subcategory=1062&sku=2152

I would add to that a Craftsman Combination Wrench set (I think they are on sale this week at Sears)and a pair of Cable Cutters and you are set for most repairs you will encounter. You will want to consider a touque wrench too, especially of you have an aluminum bike. I would also invest in a better spoke wrench. All my wheels have either DT or Wheelsmith spokes so a Park Black wrench works fine. Another good source for tools is Autozone. I like the $6 OEM long handle ball end hex wrench set I bought there. They also have some nice wrench and socket sets.

I think Park makes a kit for $129 but you get more with Lifu kit and the tools are of about the same quality. I have mostly park tools but like the Lifu tools I use a lot as well.
Second the Nashbar kit for all-around amateur wrenchingRetro
Sep 4, 2001 4:01 PM
The quality's fine for home use, and it has most of what you'll need without much that you won't use.
re: Tool kitnee Spoke Wrench
Sep 5, 2001 3:46 PM
Most bicycle parts are pretty small and have small fasteners. Crummy tools can be very frustrating to work with. I don't like kits because they make you pay for tools that you never use and because no one brand has the best tool for every use. I hate multi tools because they can be hard to orient in places where you need them, like mounting water bottle cages.

Basic tune up tools:

A set of good quality individual metric allen wrenches. 4, 5, 6 & 8mm are vital. 2, 3 & 10mm are occasionally needed. Plan on replacing them periodically.

Shimano cable cutter. Nothing else makes consistantly clean cuts.

Metric combination end wrenches. You'll probably only use the 8, 9, 10, 12 & 17mm.

Needle nose pliers.

Park chain breaker.

Park 32/36mm headset wrench (threaded headsets only)

Park wheel cone wrenches 14&15mm will probably do.

Park cassette tool, get the one with the dowel that goes into the QR hole.

Park chain whip.

Shimano cassette bottom bracket tool. You'll love this tool if you've ever struggled with a bottom bracket that didn't want to come out.

Park spoke wrenches, obviously my favorite tool.
Black is for DT or Wheelsmith spokes.
Red is for most new low to medium priced bikes.
Green is for older European bikes.
Blue and Yellow - I have no idea what they fit.