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Opinions on Nashbar Tool Kit II(6 posts)

Opinions on Nashbar Tool Kit IIbikeridah
Jun 18, 2003 6:05 AM
I've finally decided to start doing my own repairs, but want to start out with a basic set of tools. Any opinions on this tool set from Nashbar (on sale for $30). It includes:

Bottom Bracket tool and Freewheel remover (both been upgraded to Cro-Moly), 1 chain whip, 2 headset spanner wrenches, 1 multi-size spoke wrench, 2 cone wrenches, 2 straight screwdrivers, 2 phillips head screwdrivers, 1 crank arm remover, 1 set of hex wrenches, 1 set tire levers, 1 adjustable wrench, 1 adjustable lock ring spanner, 1 pedal wrench/crank arm bolt remover, and finally one patch kit.
re: Opinions on Nashbar Tool Kit IIfeathers mcgraw
Jun 18, 2003 7:07 AM
I got it a few years back, and selectively upgraded the most important tools gradually. The chain whip fell apart a few times, but I've been able to rivet it back together each time. The spoke wrench isn't so good, but a Park isn't that expensive. Everything else is just fine. I think it's a great way to get started.
Junk!the bull
Jun 18, 2003 7:26 AM
GET PARK!!!For some stuff.
Use Husky tools from Home Depot they are the best value.
Junk!hnmalone
Jun 18, 2003 9:28 AM
I concur with your recommendations of both Park and Husky. (Husky is made by a division of Stanley).
Conditionally recommendedhnmalone
Jun 18, 2003 9:20 AM
OK for occasional use:

BB/freewheel tool
Headset wrenches
Cone wrenches
Crank remover.
Patch kit.

I had to replace everything else. The pedal wrench and lock ring spanner are particularly atrocious.

So, my advice is if you can find the five "OK" tools individually from Park for the price of the whole kit, I'd pass on the kit. Otherwise, it might be worth the expense just to get those specific tools.
Good tools are an investment...HillRepeater
Jun 18, 2003 9:45 AM
Good tools are a lifetime investment - buy them once and you'll never need to replace them. Buy cheap tools, and you'll replace them often and wish you had nicer tools when you do use them.

There are very few bike specific tools that you need : bb tool, cassette tool, chain tool, spoke wrench, chain whip and maybe a cable cutter and some cone wrenches. Everything else can be done with 'standard' tools - which you can get better quality and cheaper prices by buy Husky/Craftsmen at your local Home Depot/Sears.

Spend a little more now and you'll be glad you did.