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pinnacleredpinnaclered Posts: 61
edited November 2009 in Workshop
Hi i'm looking to buy my boyfriend a toolkit and bike repair stand for xmas.
I've looked at park tools so far at these two products.

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=NP08461 (found it for 79.99 at winstanleys)

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=27054

The toolkit doesn't seem to have much in it for the price, but saying that i don't really know what it should have in it.

He'll be using it to repair and maintain roadbikes I'm looking to spend less than 200 for both
any advice on affordable good quality toolkits and repair stands would be great.
“If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carrol

'Feel the fear, then do it anyway'

'tomorrow, tomorrow tomorrow never comes, today is already here'

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  • http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?cat=Pedros%20Tools

    Pedros are a better quality - but they are not cheap

    If he is a roadie then a set of basic tools and a cleaning set is all he needs unless he does all his own repairs - then the list is endless.

    Start with a good torque wrench , like Pedros or BBB
  • http://www.tamedearth.com/2009/gear/pedros-master-tool-kit-3-0/

    this might be a bit exspensive - but do you love him?? :lol:
  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 3,137
    use code "xmas" at pbk for an extra 10% off the price!
  • http://www.parktool.com/products/detail ... m=MK%2D187

    Get this and then never buy him another gift again.
  • pmac1893 wrote:
    http://www.parktool.com/products/detail.asp?cat=6&item=MK-187

    Get this and then never buy him another gift again.

    a bit out of my league, thanks for the advice guys i might have to spoil the suprise and let him choose his own.
    “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carrol

    'Feel the fear, then do it anyway'

    'tomorrow, tomorrow tomorrow never comes, today is already here'
  • Your chap's a lucky fella

    Personally I'd stay away from pre built kits in their own tool box. You'll be buying loads of stuff that he may never use and the tools that he acquires over time invariably won't fit in the box either. Besides, part of the craic in all this is mulling over catalogues deciding which ones you prefer. So why not get him a few nice pieces that you can wrap up for Xmas day, eg ...

    A really good pair of cable cutters. (And lay down the law that they're not to be used for cutting anything else!)

    A chain whip. (No really, there is such a thing)

    A good set of workshop allen keys

    If you've a decent cycle shop locally they should be able to help you.

    and then offer to fund his own choices up to your budget. You could stick your neck out and choose his repair stand for him but again, there's a lot of choice and he may prefer one type to another. He may prefer to blow all of your budget on a super dooper top notch one or go for something less expensive and get some more hand tools.

    A possible drawback - you won't see much of him from Boxing day onwards as he'll be trawling supplier's web sites for hours on end!
    I may be a minority of one but that doesn't prevent me from being right.
    http://www.dalynchi.com
  • Your chap's a lucky fella

    Personally I'd stay away from pre built kits in their own tool box. You'll be buying loads of stuff that he may never use and the tools that he acquires over time invariably won't fit in the box either. Besides, part of the craic in all this is mulling over catalogues deciding which ones you prefer. So why not get him a few nice pieces that you can wrap up for Xmas day, eg ...

    A really good pair of cable cutters. (And lay down the law that they're not to be used for cutting anything else!)

    A chain whip. (No really, there is such a thing)

    A good set of workshop allen keys

    If you've a decent cycle shop locally they should be able to help you.

    and then offer to fund his own choices up to your budget. You could stick your neck out and choose his repair stand for him but again, there's a lot of choice and he may prefer one type to another. He may prefer to blow all of your budget on a super dooper top notch one or go for something less expensive and get some more hand tools.

    A possible drawback - you won't see much of him from Boxing day onwards as he'll be trawling supplier's web sites for hours on end!
    I may be a minority of one but that doesn't prevent me from being right.
    http://www.dalynchi.com
  • I'd have been delighted to have recieved this:- http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=16386 and I would use all of these tools. It's out of stock though.

    Wiggle have this:- http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/LifeL ... 360031531/ which gets good reviews.

    Essentials for me would be chainwhip and cassette lockring tool, Allen keys, chain rivet extractor, spoke key, bb tools (various types).....it gets addictive/obsessive....cone spanners, pedal spanner, headset spanners....the list goes on.
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,708
    I bought this torque wrench Excellent value at half price :wink:
    I've had this workstand for about 3 years, still going strong :wink:
    I use a selection of tools by Fat Spanner, available from [/url=http://www.fatbirds.co.uk/store.asp/d=9/c=178]here" rel="nofollow">, your choice depends wether he uses Campag or Shimano really (Shimano/SRAM compatible). :wink:
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!
  • These people might be able to give some good advice:
    http://www.weldtite.co.uk/default.aspx
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