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Tool Kit(4 posts)

Tool KitGiles
Sep 19, 2001 3:17 PM
Does anyone know of a good tool kit that contains most of the hardware required to repair and maintain a bike. If it could be used for road and MTB that would be a plus. Also are tools in a kit for bikes better or worse quality that buying separate tools.

Try Nashbarmr_spin
Sep 19, 2001 3:46 PM
There's a toolkit (The "Big Tool Kit") for about $50 that contains a lot of the tools you need. They are not the same quality as Park Tools, but they do the job. Buying all the tools separately would cost twice as much. It's made by a company called LIFU, which OEMs it to various resellers.

Park Tools also sells sets in several different levels. Their top level is huge and costs something like $750. They have a 32-piece set for about $250 that is fairly comprehensive for home use.
Try NashbarDCP
Sep 19, 2001 5:33 PM
I bought a set similar to this. It works OK, but clearly the tools are far from the best. I broke the chain tool the second time I used it. I couldn't justify spending a great deal on tools because I simply don't use them that much. In that sense, they are worth it. Better tools would be nice.
re: Tool Kitnee Spoke Wrench
Sep 19, 2001 4:19 PM
I'm an advocate of buying your tools separately. Tool kits tend to have a few items that aren't required for your personal bikes. For one, you probably don't need every size of cone and spoke wrench. Also, no one brand of tools is best for everything. For example, I hate Park cable cutters.

Actually, a decent quality set of separate allen wrenches, a few combination wrenches and a Shimano cable cutter will take you farther along in bike maintenance than you might imagine. You can then acquire the more specialized tools as the need arises.