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What bike tool surprised you by how much you appreciate it?(37 posts)

What bike tool surprised you by how much you appreciate it?PdxMark
Feb 28, 2003 11:11 AM
For me, I'd have to say it's a truing stand.

I'm not a serious wrench, or even hardly a wrench at all, but truing up a wheel whenever it's off for some reason has become really satisfying. It's also surprised me how much fine tuning a wheel can use even when it seems fine from just casual observation. I got the truing stand to fix a messed-up wheel, and I really appreciate having it around.
this may not countJS Haiku Shop
Feb 28, 2003 11:16 AM
topeak alien. i use that thing in the shop, in the car, and on the road--for everything.

as far as shop tools go, i like bottle openers :) and lots of work lights.

having never used any form of grease before last summer ( i was "lubing" threads with oil), i really appreciate how much i've used that little tube of finish line on small parts.

IMHO one of the most invaluable tools in any arsenal, shop or on the bike, is plastic bags: grocery and ziploc.

re: What bike tool surprised you by how much you appreciate it?ryder1
Feb 28, 2003 11:24 AM
My Park workstand. The big shop quality one with the 50 lb baseplate. This thing will last forever. I can imagine my kids fighting for possesion of this thing when I'm dead.
i second that oneburdiman
Feb 28, 2003 2:04 PM
I have had my Park stand (shop version) since 1985 and it is as good as new. Can't imagine wrenching without one.
Crank Bo's Speed Lever--great in triathlons. nmsn69
Feb 28, 2003 11:32 AM
second that nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 28, 2003 12:00 PM
Yep. nmSintesi
Feb 28, 2003 2:54 PM
GOOD cable cutters, i.e not Park nmOldEdScott
Feb 28, 2003 11:39 AM
Felco forever! What a difference. nmdzrider
Feb 28, 2003 12:23 PM
Third Hand for brake adjustments. Pivots, shoes, cable,NFP!Spunout
Feb 28, 2003 11:48 AM
Tire Levers, Screw Driver, CO2 Pump, and a well made wrenchKristin
Feb 28, 2003 12:15 PM
I realized how much I could appreciate a screw driver when--10 miles into a ride--my derailuer went wacky. I discovered that my compact tool didn't have any screw drivers, so I had to stand on the side of the road for 15 minutes waiting for another rider to come by.

A well made wrench makes all the difference. I bought a POS cheap compact multi-tool that got striped after just 3 or 4 uses. Then I replaced it with a small multi-tool, and will never buy anything esle again.
Oops, meant to say Park multi-tool nmKristin
Feb 28, 2003 12:17 PM
I like Crank Bros. better.Higher quality IMO (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Feb 28, 2003 12:28 PM
Silica track pumpMR_GRUMPY
Feb 28, 2003 12:32 PM
Takes a licking and keep on ticking.
Hello, my name is Akirasho, and I'm a toolaholic...Akirasho
Feb 28, 2003 1:00 PM
... while it's been debated on this forum before... a capable workstand has made virtually every other aspect of home wrenching a joy for me (bad knees and back make position critical for me).

And, over the years, I've tried to amass a capable home shop as well... witness the most recent symptom of my illness... I luv dem toolz.

Be the bike.
ummm, what is that? nmPdxMark
Feb 28, 2003 2:43 PM
just your average, everyday use, crown race puller...Akirasho
Feb 28, 2003 3:11 PM
... a specialty tool to be sure... but I've acquired enuff bikes and enuff spare forks over the years, along with aiding and assisting a few fellow local cyclists in their repairs and "upgrades" to "justify" said. It's one hefty piece of tooldom.

Be the bike.
just your average, everyday use, crown race puller...gtx
Feb 28, 2003 3:24 PM
nice looking tool, but it seems slightly overengineered. Is it a Park? I've always used the middle edge of hs wrench and a hammer. This might not be recommended with some of the newer AL crown races, but I've done it literally hundreds of times with steel ones.
... yup, it's a Park...Akirasho
Feb 28, 2003 3:44 PM
... and it is overengineered... or at least it weighs like it is (very heavy). Most parts, however, are replacable (the jaws used to grab the race are bevelled... and in shop use, I could see them wearing out).

My main concerns were modern full CF forks... hate to have a slip and ruin not only the looks, but it's structural integrity!

It will take years to recoup the dollar investment... but it's still nice to know that the tool is there and waiting (have yanked three so far with two more planned in the near future).

Anyone else have a McPhearson strut compression tool in their auto toolbox???

Be the bike.
Strut toolsPicshooter
Feb 28, 2003 4:17 PM
"Anyone else have a McPhearson strut tool in their auto toolbox???"

I did until recently. A pneumatic one,it was one bad dude.Made some decent money with it.In another life I was ASE certified and then when I switched to boats, Marine outboard certified.
I kept telling myself I no longer liked working on cars, and sold a bunch of my specialty tools.
But I will always be a tool junkie.

My question is does anyone use a cone wrench(s) made by someone other than Park???
I use Campy cone wrenches nmgtx
Feb 28, 2003 5:31 PM
... yup, it's a Park...gtx
Feb 28, 2003 5:30 PM
Cool. Yeah, Park makes some heavy tools. For example, I think they really went overboard with their hanger alignment tool--the Campy one is simpler, lighter and more elegant. And yes, I can see what you mean about CF forks--when I worked in shops they still had steel steer tubes!
gtx - I'm too chicken to tell a guy "nice looking tool" :) nmPdxMark
Feb 28, 2003 4:26 PM
lol nmgtx
Feb 28, 2003 5:28 PM
Hozan Spoke Cutter Threaderabicirider
Feb 28, 2003 1:15 PM
Never realized how much I would appreciate this great tool, It opens many doors in that you can buy odd ball size spokes cheap and cut and thread them to size, truly one of the best tools I own, If anybody is thinking about purchasing a spoke cutter, threader I would give it a complete thumbs up you cant go wrong.
Good luck to anybody going to Greenville, SC this weekend should be fun.
Be safe out on the roads.
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
hex sockets and 3" ratchet handleDougSloan
Feb 28, 2003 1:25 PM
I use these far more than anything else. It's so nice to have a small 3/8" ratchet handle and the hex sockets. I use them every day. You have to really look to find a handle that small.

The Crank Bros. tire tool is nice. The big Park one is even better.

I use Craftsman T handle hex tools a lot, too.

I have a giant Wrenchforce pedal wrench that makes removal child's play.

The Park frame vise mounted to my big heavy workbench is invaluable, and probably the last thing I'd give up, other than small hand tools.

That which is most taken for granted...biknben
Feb 28, 2003 1:29 PM
The "space" dedicated to nothing but bike wrenching. The bike workshop, the bike bench, the bike cave. Call it what you want but it is great to have a place to wrench. I walk in the room and just can't help myself. It's like mission control for bikes.

I built myself a nice bench modeled after the one at my LBS. I mounted my stand up-side-down from the ceiling to clear floor space. I added extra lights, radio, and TV. When guest walk in they just stop in their tracks. It's kinda funny.

I really don't have a favorite tool. At least I can't think of one at the moment. I do have great appreciation for my floor pump. I pumped tires for years with a frame pump without a guage. A floor pump certainly made that easier.
Yes, actually, a floor pump w/ gauge... an unsung hero nmPdxMark
Feb 28, 2003 2:44 PM
Vicegrips and hammer nmContinental
Feb 28, 2003 1:29 PM
LOL. If all else fails, kick it. nmKristin
Feb 28, 2003 1:42 PM
... "if all else fails, use a bigger hammer." nmDougSloan
Feb 28, 2003 1:45 PM
"if it ain't broken, fix it more" nmgtx
Feb 28, 2003 3:17 PM
The biggest, meanest pedal wrench in the Park arsenalmapei boy
Feb 28, 2003 2:18 PM
The biggest, meanest pedal wrench in the Park arsenalcarbs
Feb 28, 2003 7:22 PM
Gotta agree with the pedal wrench. After starting to round off a Look pedal with a cheapie, I stopped and ordered the Park wrench in. Pedal came right off, no problem.
my homemade $3 headset pressgtx
Feb 28, 2003 3:08 PM
I'd always used the big Park one when I worked in shops. I didn't feel like spending $100 on one, though, so I made one for myself out of a threaded rod, some washers and two nuts. Works like a champ. I think I may even like it better than the Park.
Second that, along with the $.25 PVC headset cup remover (nm)czardonic
Feb 28, 2003 5:55 PM
Phil Wood Spoke cutter & Threadercurlybike
Feb 28, 2003 4:41 PM