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lvan 01-15-2013 07:49 PM

Any decent tools to work on a road bike
 
I picked up a decent bike repair stand for my racing bicycles. I like to use it to clean them and work on them, but what tool brand would ya suggest? Is Fizler from MEC.CA any good?


Thanks

lvan 01-17-2013 09:18 PM

Nobody into bikes?

calegrant 01-19-2013 06:31 PM

Hey, congrats on doing your own work. I usually just take my Giant to the shop I picked it up at, but occasionally I'll do some adjustments myself.

Do they offer a kit? Kits for bikes are usually quite simple, so it keeps the cost down from buying tools individually and you don't get swamped with a kit that is half full of unnecessary tools. The go-to brand for most shops seems to be Park Tool, but I'm sure other brands would be fine. Pick up a cheaper basic set, then get your own cable and housing cutters and you should be good to go. A basic kit should include all the essentials like a chain whip, cassette socket, bb tool and pedal wrench. Most other tools are not really bike specific, and unless you're doing major overhauls you should be fine with something simple.

thinair 01-22-2013 12:03 PM

I've been wrenching bicycles for years and I'm a huge fan of Park Tool gear.

Go to a bike shop (not MEC, Sport Chek, etc), buy a stand like this:
http://www.parktool.com/product/home...r-stand-pcs-10

Then buy a decent tool kit as well :
http://www.parktool.com/product/adva...tool-kit-ak-37

The initial price is steep, but with both of these you can just toss them in the trunk of your car and wrench anywhere.

calegrant 01-22-2013 11:44 PM

That is a very nice stand. My roommate has one which I use and it's pretty awesome how sturdy it is, and how little force you need to apply to all the tightening devices to keep the bike from moving around.

lvan 01-23-2013 06:08 PM

That toolkit looks pretty sweet, but I can't find the price

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Originally Posted by calegrant (Post 1595401)
Hey, congrats on doing your own work. I usually just take my Giant to the shop I picked it up at, but occasionally I'll do some adjustments myself.

Do they offer a kit? Kits for bikes are usually quite simple, so it keeps the cost down from buying tools individually and you don't get swamped with a kit that is half full of unnecessary tools. The go-to brand for most shops seems to be Park Tool, but I'm sure other brands would be fine. Pick up a cheaper basic set, then get your own cable and housing cutters and you should be good to go. A basic kit should include all the essentials like a chain whip, cassette socket, bb tool and pedal wrench. Most other tools are not really bike specific, and unless you're doing major overhauls you should be fine with something simple.

wELL, decided to work on my bikes because I took it a few times to skiies and bikes, and I always found some kids working on my bikes.

calegrant 01-23-2013 11:00 PM

That kit is $300ish, reasonable for a one time purchase.

daytona 01-24-2013 10:06 PM

wrongs wrong with MEC stands..they are sturdy,dont move and portable...

lvan 01-26-2013 03:56 AM

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Originally Posted by daytona (Post 1596075)
wrongs wrong with MEC stands..they are sturdy,dont move and portable...

If you go with a pricer one you should be okay. I got one and I am very happy, but I am going with a parktool just to add although I have some toolbox already.

Btw BC fellow what giant you have?

calegrant 01-26-2013 06:36 PM

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...t/9a46b93b.jpg

Dirt only for me!

daytona 01-26-2013 11:52 PM

Im riding a Cervelo Tri bike....

lvan 01-27-2013 01:45 AM

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This is the stand that I picked from MEC and I am happy with it.

BMW BMXer 01-27-2013 10:38 AM

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...t/9a46b93b.jpg

I have this same stand works well.

My tools are a mis mash but I don't need much specific stuff for a bmx.

daytona 01-27-2013 11:28 PM

tip for those using the stands...install a cheap seatpost on the bike when doing repairs and keep the carbon posts away from the stand clamps.

lvan 01-27-2013 11:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by daytona (Post 1596356)
tip for those using the stands...install a cheap seatpost on the bike when doing repairs and keep the carbon posts away from the stand clamps.

+1, now about when you clamp it on a carbon frame?


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