Tools you use for repairing, maintaining, building, etc. Pump, chain breaker, wrenches, spoke tool, repair stand etc.

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What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?

Let me provide some context to the question. I mostly cycle alone and cover distances in the range from 45 km to 65 km; depending on the route, these rides last from less than 2 hours to well over 4 ...
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What's in this patch kit?

I have a patch kit (from Bike Hand) and it includes: Rubber solution Metal rasp Patches Along with the aforementioned supplies there are two small rubber tubes, hollow, and about 1cm long. ...
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Unable to loosen IXOW Wheelguard Gravity nut

I have a Canyon Commuter 7.0 which uses IXOW Wheelguard Gravity skewers and nut. I want to take my front wheel off but am unable to loosen the nut on the front skewer. The standard procedure is to ...
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Wheel building - ever encountered nipples that are screwdriver-only?

I bought "powder coated" nipples for a new build to match a frame. It's for a SOMA Wolverine and the wheels were to be black spoke & rim with orange nipples - all the other non-orange parts are ...
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What are the absolute essentials a cyclist should own? [closed]

Context: My bike shop includes free servicing as a standard with a new bike. I don't need such thing and live too far away. In lieu of waiver I can get €100 of stuff from the shop. Best bike problem ...
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How can I assess my torque wrench?

I have owned a dynamometric wrench for two years now, and I got it second-hand in the first place. I fear that relying on its indication could be even less accurate than tightening by intuition. For ...
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What is this tool for?

I recently found this in my cycling shirt. I don't know where it came from, and what it is used for. It reads "Simson" on the other side, but I have no clue what I could use it for. Does it have ...
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“Footprint” of the Park Tool PCS 9 stand

I am trying to workout whether the park tool PCS 9 workstand would fit in my bath tub (it's the only place I can clean my bike). To do so I need to know how big the footprint of the stand is. Could ...
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Road bike assembly - required tools

could you please list a COMPLETE list of required tools to assemble a road bike? I purchased a shimano 105 group set and a Chinese carbon road bike frame with a fork. I'd like to put together my first ...
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Trouble Removing bottom bracket. Is it my Tool?

I'm having trouble removing my bottom bracket. I'm using quite a bit of force as far as I can tell. But neither side is budging. The bike is a 2011, and I've never removed the bottom bracket, but ...
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Can I straighten bent rims between two flat surfaces?

I have some bent bicycle rims and would like to straighten them. I drew a basic scheme of what I want to do, the idea is to make a concrete plane mold as seen in the design to exert pressure on the ...
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What kind of bottom bracket fixing is this?

Dismantled my bike to try and take a look at the crank bearing, as I fear it may be getting dry. Unfortunately at the stage pictured I could go no further. The outer and inner rings appear to be ...
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Is the Park Tool Allen Wrench going to strip out bolts?

I am fed up with cheap allen keys. I've bought a few from local hardware stores, but a 5mm is usually way off, and I end up rounding off the key, or the bolt. I've thought about buying this parks ...
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How to check for aged/deteriorated weel rims

Whenever I plan repairs on an old bike I go to check the local bike shops for some information, prices, ... One of the things I noticed in the past years is that more and more they try to replace as ...
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Choosing a tool to take off the front cassette

My bicycle is Merida Crossway MD 40. It uses Shimano Altus derailleurs. The front cassette looks like this: I measured the central circular element, that must be holding the whole construction. It ...
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Tools needed to perform groupset overhaul

I'm looking at buying the new Shimano 105 5800 equipment for my bike. It is a 2010 Specialized Allez (Sport Triple) and still has its basic Sora components that it came with. I asked my local bike ...
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What will I need to consider when modernizing a pre-1990s steel frame? [closed]

I'm in the process of upgrading a well loved 1970s steel frame from a downtube shifter system to a modern 'brifter' system. Through this process I've had to look at many disparate sources to get ...
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FSA Omega MegaEXO Press fit BB 19mm removal (non standard BB86)

Has anyone removed a 19mm spindle (Omega) Press fit bottom bracket without destroying it in the process? I have watched http://www.fullspeedahead.tv/video/7006668/installation-of-megaexo-crankset-on ...
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Direction of chain whip

Is there an easy way of working out which way round to apply a chain whip to a cassette for its removal? I've taken plenty of them off in my time but always end up having a couple of tries at it ...
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Bike Floor Pump for Raleigh Talus 3.0

I'm trying to find a good floor pump for my Raleigh Talus 3.0 bike which I recently purchased. I don't know much about bikes and have seen that there are different valve types (i.e. - Presta and ...
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Name in English of different parts and tools

What is the name in English of the part that has a set of dented wheels and goes attached to the center of the back wheel of a bicycle? What would be the name(s) in English of the tool that allows ...
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Do Miche bottom brackets require a special tool, or is this one damaged?

I just bought a Miche Primato bottom bracket and tried installing it using Park's BBT-5 (the same tool I used to remove the previous bottom bracket, also Miche, but from 2008). The BBT-5 fit into the ...
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What kind of crank extractor do I need

I'm trying to swap the cranks on our Thorn tandem and would like to know what kind of crank extractor (if any) I need for the job. Is there a way to tell from this photo, before I've taken it all ...
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What tools do I need to replace my bottom bracket?

I have an old 2001 Schwinn Homegrown Pro that I want to upgrade to a 10-speed drivetrain. I'd like to do it myself as a learning exercise, but I'm not sure what kind of tool I need to remove the old ...
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What is this serrated wrench tool for?

So I was trolling eBay and found this crazy looking old serrated wrench bike tool. The auction had no specifics. I can't think of what you would do with such an item. What the hell is it for?
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Tightening torque: 5Nm, 40Nm… how do I tell?

I have wonderful new manuals everywhere, of brakes, wheels... In these manuals I see "tighten up to 5Nm", "tighten up to 40Nm". There must probably be tools with such measurements on them, but I ...
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Metal or plastic levers?

What are the advantages of buying plastic over metal tire levers? (or vice versa). Which ones are easier to use?
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cheap bike tools or “can I just use generic hardware store tools instead?”

I want to maintain my bike. There a number of tools which are very specific, which also cost a lot of money. I have an old road bike which uses a freewheel. The freewheel remover cost me something ...
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What tool do I need to disassemble this 5 speed freewheel

I have a 5 speed freewheel that I need to take of from hub, but the standard freewheel tool that I do have does not fit. On the freewheel following text is engraved: UC SHIMANO SIS MF Z015 China It ...
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What tool is needed to adjust this headset on a children's bike?

My daughter's bike has a threaded headset, and I don't know what tool I need to adjust it. As you can see from the picture, there are the following parts in the stack: a knurled ring, which ...
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What tools are required to replace a spoke?

When out riding at the weekend, for the very first time, I managed to break a spoke on my wheel. Because I've not done it before, and I want to get back out on the bike soon, this time around I am ...
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Separate hex keys vs. combined multi-tool for bike adjustments?

Are separate hex (Allen) keys better than a multi-tool for adjusting and maintaining a bike at home? Some of the separated sets also have ball-ends for the 4/5/6mm keys: Apart from Torx T25 ...
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What tools on a multi-tool do I actually need?

I feel like there are almost as many bike multi-tools out there as there are bikers. In a single trip to REI, I found nine different bike tools each ranging from only four to over thirty individual ...
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What are the bumpy parts around the spindle of some pedals?

Does anybody know what the bumpy part near the threads of this pedal are for? They look like they might fit a special wrench, but I can't find any that would fit. I feel like I must be missing ...
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Is a pad spacer needed when installing disc brake pads?

I need to replace my disc brake pads on my Shimano XT brakes. This seems like a pretty straight forward procedure, and I have all the tools needed except for the pad spacer. Do I need this to install ...
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Calibrate Tensiometer

I want to calibrate my Park Tool TM-1 for my weird spokes. I want to build a box with some kind of weight mesuring device where a spoke can be put under 1600N of tension. Rummers on other boards say ...
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How to take apart this rear BMX hub?

As shown in the photo, what tool do I need to take this rear hub apart? I assume I need a tool which will fit in the 4 notches. The problem I am trying to fix is that if you pedal, the rear cog spins ...
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Replacing 'cone nuts' on a damaged coaster brake

I'm attempting to refurbish a bike that I was given, it has a (not sure what brand) coaster brake, which according to sheldon brown's site has a peculiar kind of cone nut. The wheel might be 10 years ...
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Is there a tool (or preferred method) for removing the snapring that holds the cog on a coaster brake hub?

I was overhauling a coaster hub the other day. The snapring was recessesed and no screwdriver in my arsenal was small enough to remove the piece. Park recommends using a small screwdriver to remove ...
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Is the Power-Link designed for routine usage?

I have a Power-Link which i intended to use in emergencies (when the chain breaks and i'm far from home). Used it once, worked pretty well. Now i wonder, what if i use it permanently with my chain? ...
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Exact dimensions for Wheelsmith Rim Rods?

Does anyone have access to the Wheelsmith Rim Rod ERD measurement tool? I need to reproduce this no longer manufactured tool. Specifically, I need the length of the yellow portion of each rod, the ...
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Where can I find containers to dispense bulk chain lube

So, I'm looking for drip style containers to keep in my messenger bag and my home shop to dispense bike chain lube. I want to just buy a 32oz container of lube for cheap on amazon and fill my own ...
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Require a star tool to remove disc rotor

I need to change my disc brake rotors. So i discover I require a star tool. Here is a picture of my rotor bolts. Can someone point out a tool that will fit this? Prefer a bike tool. To give some ...
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What tools do I need to disassemble and re-assemble an 80's road bicycle

I would like to do maintenance on my 1982 miyata 310 road bike myself. What tools are necessary to take the entire bicycle apart, lube, and put it back together? Here is what I have come up so ...
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What's the most useful style of chain gauge?

I see that there are three kinds of chain wear gauge: The basic kind. I'm used to using this kind: The hook style. Supposedly provides an indication of how worn the chain is. I've used these and ...
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Can a fixed gear sprocket be changed without tools?

I do not have a chain whip or sprocket ring tool. Is it possible to change the rear sprocket without these tools?
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How do I cut hydraulic brake hose without expensive tools?

I've seen some expensive hydraulic hose cutting tools. I just want to cut the two new brake hoses I have now, so I don't want to buy an expensive tool. I want to do it myself, and I don't mind ...
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What tools are most important on an all-in-one bike tool for a commuter?

My commute is about 25km/day. I have a cheapish hybrid bike with Shimano gears, v-brakes and SPD pedals. I carry a small hand pump and spare tube. What do I need in a bike tool/ multitool or other ...
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Stationary bike “clicks” when pedaling - crank axle is moving sideways. How can I fix this?

I've got this stationary bike, a York C202, which has developed a problem - namely it "clicks" when pedaling. This is highly annoying, as there's nothing I seem to be able to do about it. I diagnosed ...
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What is this bike tool?

I've bought a saddle bag with a set of bike tools; stuff like alan keys, puncture repair kits, spanners etc. There's this one tool (well two but they screw together) that I have trouble recognising. ...