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Park vs. Pedro's vs. Nashbar Tools(5 posts)

Park vs. Pedro's vs. Nashbar Toolslatinist
May 16, 2003 11:45 AM
I'm thinking about getting some more tools. Pedro's and Nashbar both have kits that are bigger than a Park Tools kit, and both are also significantly less expensive that Park. Are Park Tools really that much better? I'm only using them for maintenance, light work.

re: Park vs. Pedro's vs. Nashbar ToolsHillRepeater
May 16, 2003 11:58 AM
If it's the Nashbar kit I'm thinking of, it's Lifu tools, which are not great quality stuff.

The Pedro's tools I've used so far (cone wrenches, cassette removal tool, etc) have been superb - nicely made, smartly designed stuff.

Park tools are excellent quality as well.

I'd go with the Pedros or Park tools. Good tools are an investment well work making.
re: Park vs. Pedro's vs. Nashbar Toolslatinist
May 16, 2003 12:24 PM
Thanks. I figured the Pedro's would be my best choice.
another vote for no Nashbar...Bonked
May 16, 2003 2:07 PM
I bought a set about five years ago and they are total crap...many of the tools broke (usually by bending very badly) the first time that I used them. Personally, I have also used Park tools and found them to be extremely high quality and would suggest just buying the tools you need from them. I really don't think that a kit is necessary because you won't use most of the tools in there. From the Nashbar kit, I bet I have used less than half of the tools...I mean what do you really need? A set of Allen wrenches (which most people probably have), a screw driver (if you don't have one, maybe you shouldn't be wrenching ;)), a chain whip, a cassette tool, cable cutters, hub wrenches and pliers. Most of the kits seem to come with 8 sizes of each (which is why they cost alot) and, unless you have a fleet of bikes, you probably only need one size tools like the hub wrenches.

I'm kind of rambling and want to go for a ride so, in short, I have always felt that the worst thing is to try to do something with a crappy tool. Spend the extra $ and get something that will work well.
re: Park vs. Pedro's vs. Nashbar Toolskanekikapu
May 16, 2003 4:47 PM
park is always way to go... they might cost more, but they last much longer and it is simply more well made... at least you won't get stripped bolts from crappy allen wrenches.

pedro's tool are great too but make sure you see it before you buy.