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I know it's been asked (and answered) many times before, but like you, I couldn't find any decent threads on the subject of tool kits.
My advice is to just buy the things you need as you need them.
- A reasonable quality (~$30) set of metric Allen keys will do nearly everything you need on the bike, especially the 5mm one
- chain breaker ($15)
- cassette removing tool and a chain whip ($15 & $20)
- spoke key ($10)
- a set of tyre levers ($10)
- cone spanners if your hubs use cones ($15)
- Other tools as needed (BB tool, cable and housing cutters, crank puller, etc)
Think outside the double triangle.
Imagine a world with no hypothetical scenarios.
I bought a basic bike toolkit from Super-B without really thinking about it. While it's handy to have all my bike-specific tools in one box, I still find myself using the basic tools (spanners, screwdrivers, allen keys etc) I already had as they're much better quality. So for the same outlay, I could've bought much better quality bike tools as needed, and a $10 plastic toolbox to chuck 'em into.
You might also find this BicycleTutor.com video useful as well. Also to add to the suggestions made, maintenance manuals such as the Zinn ones include suggested tool lists for varying levels of maintenance.
Yep. That is what I have done/doing. I try to plan ahead a bit and pick up specialised bike tools from the UK, otherwise I have found Bunnings is fine for other tools.
well i have a few bits already.
Parktools multi tool for my allan keys
Parktools spoke nipple tool
various good spanners/shifters.
Thing is i want to do another singlespeed conversion, doing all the work myself. so i need a lot of gear....
does anyone know a cheap place to get autosol?
also i got given a track wheel (front) that needs a real clean up and only has one set of bearings. where should i go to get more??
I thought I'd better post this in the more appropriate place :
In case someone hasn't yet heard of it, Barnett's Manual is an excellent book for doing all sorts of bicycle maintenance and repairs. From complex to simple tasks particularly well detailed. I've used it many times for doing things I never thought I might.
Barnett's Manual Internet Site.
Or we could all spend a few bucks to keep the LBS in business, after all they really don't charge much to maintain your bike.
This recession is going to bite hard so I reckon spending with "LOCAL" business is the way to go stay away from the multi nationals etc.
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