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Robinio
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What Tools?

Postby Robinio » Thu Sep 27, 2007 12:18 pm

More stupid questions!

What tools are recommended for keeping at home and also taking on a ride out?

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BoredHousewife
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Postby BoredHousewife » Thu Sep 27, 2007 13:31 pm

allen keys, small screwdrivers, pump + puncture repair kit (not tecnically a tool). How far from the car are you going? I usually have a HUGE adjustable spanner, bb tool, chain splitter and crank extractor nearby too. Spoke keys are handy. oh, and ALLEN KEYS (again cos they round easily).

I probably missed stuff but hey.

most of the stuff you need could be found on a good multitool

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Robinio
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Postby Robinio » Thu Sep 27, 2007 13:35 pm

Like one of the Alien tools?

At the moment I don't know but if I say bloody miles from the car then I can be prepared.

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Postby BoredHousewife » Thu Sep 27, 2007 13:43 pm

something like this should do for epic rides, maybe if you have room you could add the crank extractor cos they're small. And a pump and patches (and maybe a spare tube too)

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Postby garsr6 » Thu Sep 27, 2007 17:52 pm

BoredHousewife wrote:something like this should do for epic rides, maybe if you have room you could add the crank extractor cos they're small. And a pump and patches (and maybe a spare tube too)


please excuse my ignorance dude, but why a crank extractor on an epic or any ride for that matter? surely a crank extractor is a w/shop tool only? unless you carry spare cranks with ya? :wink:

and id definitaley recommend forking out for a good quality set of allen keys as they wont round off and wont round your bolts off if fitted correctly into the bolt. they will also last for years to come. :wink:

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Postby BoredHousewife » Thu Sep 27, 2007 18:40 pm

garsr6 wrote:please excuse my ignorance dude, but why a crank extractor on an epic or any ride for that matter? surely a crank extractor is a w/shop tool only? unless you carry spare cranks with ya? :wink:

and id definitaley recommend forking out for a good quality set of allen keys as they wont round off and wont round your bolts off if fitted correctly into the bolt. they will also last for years to come. :wink:


Ignorance excused, the reason for the crank extractor is down to a problem I used to have with chainsuck, basically its a tool that I'd rather have with me than not. And they're small enough anyway....

As for the allen keys, covered in suggested multitool I reckon, spare set for workshop :wink:

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Postby garsr6 » Thu Sep 27, 2007 20:26 pm

BoredHousewife wrote:Ignorance excused, the reason for the crank extractor is down to a problem I used to have with chainsuck, basically its a tool that I'd rather have with me than not. And they're small enough anyway....

As for the allen keys, covered in suggested multitool I reckon, spare set for workshop :wink:


cool, i was just curious as iv never been told to carry one and i now see why you may need one( i think).

i agree with you on the multitool as i have one myself, but iv been through enough cheap allen key sets at work and on the bike to know that its def worth spending a few quid on good quality ones for workshop/home fettling as they are stronger and fit better+ they are prob the most used tools on a bike so its worth it. :D

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Postby Robinio » Thu Sep 27, 2007 21:35 pm

So any reccomendations? I have a birthday coming up!

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Postby garsr6 » Thu Sep 27, 2007 23:07 pm

i dont have first hand experience with these but they should be top quality.
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=5786

i bought my set of allen keys individually(snapon) but they cost about 30 odd quid(off a rep on the cheap) and they get used on motorbikes alot so i can justify that price. and i know they gonna last a long time as snap on tools do.

park tools seem to be of good standard as i have a couple of bits n bobs and seem pretty good.

and i agree with all the other stuff that bhw suggested. :D

also i use sram chain and usually keep a powerlink from an old chain in my camelbak, very handy if you snap a chain. saves alot of time and gets you home without walking. :D

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Postby baudman » Fri Sep 28, 2007 04:33 am

Look at what's on your bike and don't get tools that don't match your needs. (That can help which multitool/alien/whatever you buy).

Unless, of course, you wanna make friends out on the trail. Then strap a full toolkit to your back! :D
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