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Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby PerthNewbie » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:38 am

Hey guys I recently bought a new roadie, a Kuota Kharma, and want to get some basic tools and a torque wrench to do basic upkeep and to adjust my seatpost. I hope to do my whole service by myself one day so tools that will last me are always helpfull, I only have an allen Key and a pump at this stage =) Any suggestions?
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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby jules21 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:40 am

T-bar allen wrenches are worth the investment, as well as L-shape ones for tight areas
chain breaker
freewheel remover and decent sized shifter to turn it
chain whip
cone spanners
good quality phillips head screwdriver
hollowtech BB remover wrench and plastic nut key (or as applicable if not running HT)
cable cutters
pliers (i recommend thin nose ones)
if running shimano pedals, a pedal disassembly tool (not the 15mm wrench to remove pedal from crank arm, which you can get as part of cone spanners)
tyre levers
multi-tool to carry while riding

that oughta do it :)
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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby Ozkaban » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:58 am

I bought this TacX torque wrench from Ribble. had a good range of torque 5-25NM, which is good for most things except cassette installation, it's solid and it comes with 3 sachets of carbon paste. $73 plus shipping was pretty neat too.

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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby PerthNewbie » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:17 pm

Could you direct me to a thread or suggest some standard maintenance and repair operations?
Also, what is a chain whip for? =)
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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby ball bearing » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:49 pm

PerthNewbie wrote:Could you direct me to a thread or suggest some standard maintenance and repair operations?
Also, what is a chain whip for? =)

http://www.parktool.com/videos
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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby il padrone » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:03 pm

http://bicycletutor.com/guide/ has a big collection of really informative videos

[edit] Ah! Now requires a paid subscription for viewing :( Never mind, a search of youtube will turn up many more videos.


And about the chain whip

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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby Tebbybabes » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:09 pm

I'd add a spoke wrench to your kit.
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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby bychosis » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:23 am

If you're starting out look for one of the bike repair toolkits. CRC, torpedo7 often have them, as does Aldi of all places. Can pick them up for under $40 when on special. The tools aren't great, but they will suffice for you to learn what 'good' tools you will need if they ever break. Wish I'd bought one instead of building my kit slowly at more cost. There are some tools I'll only use a few times and a cheapie would have done the job.
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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby rockdoctor » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:02 pm

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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby il padrone » Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:53 pm

Or if you want the ultimate you can download Barnett's Bicycle Manual for free :wink:

http://www.esense.be/bike/Barnettmanual.pdf
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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby gabrielle260 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:43 am

Very useful thread! Thanks guys... I have some reading and video watching to do,
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Re: Basic repair tools and torque wrench help!

Postby Ozkaban » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:05 am

rockdoctor wrote:Would also be a good idea to get the Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair http://www.probikekit.com/au/accessories/gifts-media/bike-maintenance-guides/park-tool-bbb-2-big-blue-book-of-bicycle-repair-volume-ii.html

Awesome book. Worth every cent several times over.
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