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Tools Tradeoffs: Buy a Set or One at a Time(7 posts)

Tools Tradeoffs: Buy a Set or One at a Timejagiger
Jan 31, 2002 6:52 PM
I want to replace my Ultegra 9speed cassette to get a wider gear selection. This seems fairly straight forward. I'll need the cassette lockring remover, chainwhip & maybe a new chain tool to replace my old one?? Would the old chain tool work? If not, does the Shimano chain require a specific tool?

Also, I'd like thoughts on acquiring tools & recommendations for toolset that make sense for someone who wants to do repairs does not need a Pro setup. Thanks
re: Tools Tradeoffs: Buy a Set or One at a Timelook271
Jan 31, 2002 7:04 PM
I bought a Nashbar Big tool kit a couple of years ago. Has most thinbgs that you need and cost less than $50. Not a bad deal. As for the chain tool, if you have Ultegra 9, you'll need a chain tool for the newer, narrower chains. I would suspect most new chain tools are like that.
9 Speed Chain Tool?B2
Jan 31, 2002 8:16 PM
Wow - I never knew there were narrower and wider chain tools. The one I'm currently using on a 9-speed cassette is the same one I used on a 7-speed cassete. Must be the narrower ones work for either width, but the wide ones work only for 7-speed?

9 Speed Chain Tool?look271
Feb 1, 2002 3:37 PM
Actually, I've used it on other chains, too.The newer chain tools are a bit narrower. Probably easier to use on them, that's all.
re: Tools Tradeoffs: Buy a Set or One at a TimeAkirasho
Feb 1, 2002 2:04 AM
... I bought my first Park chain breaker back in '75 or there about... and though one of the gates that position the link/rivet has broken, it still works... even on 9 speed chains.

More to the point, would be the replacement rivet for Shimano 9 speeds... Shimano recommends (and I've always used) their special replacement rivet (kinda pricey). I've heard of folks reusing the old rivet, but I never have. Some folks will opt for a Sachs/Sram/Wipperman replacement which do not require any special rivet but may affect shifting performance just a wee bit.

Most workaday bicycle specific tools aren't that expensive, even from Park. I started by getting the specific tools for a job (like the one you described), and perhaps a tool a month over the course of years (cone wrench here, pin spanner there). I now have a fairly decent home shop and never felt the cost (as opposed to all at once or even "kits" sold by Performance or Nashbar).

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Tis true that some of my more specialized tools don't see daily use (as with a pro), it's nice to know they're there when I (or a friend) need them.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Thanks for the info......nice the design nmjagiger
Feb 1, 2002 9:03 AM
re: Tools Tradeoffs: Buy a Set or One at a Timesprockets
Feb 1, 2002 7:02 AM
For general work, I like the Nashbar tool kit. You may need to add a few specific pieces, but its a good start.