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Tool and Workstand advice...(4 posts)

Tool and Workstand advice...cydswipe
Jan 9, 2003 5:26 PM
I'm looking at buying my own workstand and tools. I've got about $250. I am trying to teach myself, using a beater bike, and a copy of Zinn's when it arrives. Where can I get the most bang for my buck? Park tools are at several web-retailers, should I avoid Performance tools? I realize that I get what I pay for. I just don't know what tools I'll need right away. Any advice?
Performance Bike Workstand & other stuff...bent_spoke
Jan 9, 2003 6:19 PM
I picked up the Spin Dr Pro from PerfBike & it seems pretty solid, which is what I was looking for. I got a tool kit on E-bay, but I would probably stick with the tool kits for Performance or Bike Nashbar, as they seem to be the same & you'd be able to return them if you had a problem. (The E-bay distrib. basically told me to get lost when I questioned his discription not matching the toolkit). Performance bike is having a sale on a set like I got for about $99. Performance's sale would be hard to beat, but you might want to look at their packages too.

You can spend more with Park tools, but I'm not convinced it's worth it. The same goes for buying a more complete toolset unless you're planning on doing alot of repairs. I'd just add more tools as you need them.
re: Tool and Workstand advice...Akirasho
Jan 9, 2003 7:19 PM

... in general, many of your home tools can double for cycling... and you can save your money on specialty tools till you actually need 'em (most are relatively inexpensive).

Park tools are fairly common... but others are making inroads on Park's dominance... Var, Hozan, Pedros, Tacx and Cyclus come to mind... as well as Wrench Force and a few house brands. In general, with respect to tools, you get what you pay for... just make sure you don't go too cheap!

I try to make it a point to do a pseudo mini inventory of my tools when I go to an LBS... and pick up an odd or end (cone wrench here... pedal wrench there). Over time, along with a few specialty purchases, I've assembled a shop quality tool box since about '94.

Be the bike.
re: Tool and Workstand advice...manicoti
Jan 10, 2003 5:02 AM
Zinn's book has a little section on tools where they are organized by levels with level 1 being the easiest and needing the least tools. Allen wrenches handle alot of maintenence, but I think cable cutters and tools for cassete removal and bb removal are all the novice wrench needs for now. I just buy what I need when I need it. Takes longer, but you know exactly what it's for when you are done.