Jobsworth toolkit off Planet X

Cycloslalomeur Posts: 349
edited December 2012 in Road buying advice ... dium=email

Thoughts? Alternatives? This would be a Xmas prezzy for my father-in-law. I have Cyclus tools myself. Before you ask, no, I'm not THAT good a son-in-law. ;)


  • jordan_217
    jordan_217 Posts: 2,580
    That looks exactly the same as the 'Bike Hand' one I bought from Merlins, rebranded obviously. The PX one is £5 cheaper.

    I've had mine 2 years now and it's served me well. I overhauled/rebuilt 2 bikes with it and also use it for regular servicing and fettling. The kit doesn't include wire cutters which is a shame but you can pick up a set of decent, home use ones for £15-20. So that's his b'day pressie sorted for next year!
    “Training is like fighting with a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired.”
  • schweiz
    schweiz Posts: 1,644
    As a basic 'starter' tool kit for a home mechanic it will be perfect.

    I have something similar and the cassette tool, chain whip, pedal spanner, cone spanners etc. are all perfectly good enough for home use where they are used a few times a year and the investment in workshop quality tools isn't worth it.

    I don't use out of the set are the allen keys and the screwdriver as I have good quality sets of both and the tolerances are much closer and reduce the risk of damaging bolt/screw heads.* I also prefer park tools spoke keys as I build wheels rather than just true them every once in a while.

    The rest of my bike tool kit is a mix of park, kmc, ice and shimano tools.

    *That being said, you can have the best tools in the world but if screw or bolt is cheaply made, you'll still have problems
  • Thanks for the advice.
  • jameses
    jameses Posts: 653
    Much as the others have said, it's a decent set of basic tools. Not the best quality, but more than enough to get you started without spending a fortune. I've trued wheels and pretty much replaced an entire groupset (minus chainset) with these.