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

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Basic toolkit for bicycle maintenance

What should be in the basic toolkit for someone that wants to maintain their own bicycle? I'm looking for something for your average day to day maintenance and tools that I will get the most use out ...
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What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?

Given that pedal threads are different on the left and right pedals: the right side pedal has a right-hand thread (removes counterclockwise, installs clockwise); the left side pedal has a left-hand ...
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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. ...
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What are the most important things to bring on a ride?

On one of my recent ride, my bike broke down. My rear derailleur got pushed into the rims and broke. Since I have never gotten stuck like that before, I've never bothered to take anything with me ...
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Why would I need a torque wrench for a bicycle?

I was rather surprised to find a question about choosing a torque wrench on this site. I haven't cycled for years, but many years ago when I actually cycled I would do with a set of ordinary wrenches ...
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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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Riding Repair Kit

As most of my riding is limited to intra-city commuting (on bus routes) or on bike paths, I have not really faced a dire need for a repair kit while riding. I am looking into pulling off a three hour ...
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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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does a tire bead 'jack' work?

I'm having great difficulties getting a kevlar belted tire onto my rim (maybe I'm getting old). I had heard about the Kool-Stop tire bead jack as a possible alternative to using just my tire levers. ...
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DIY wooden bike rack — looking for plans

I'm planning to build a bike rack to store several bikes on the floor of my garage. Does anyone have plans for such a rack? We have a circular saw and a drill and the usual hand tools, but no router, ...
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If I don't use a torque wrench, how do I tighten to the approximate torque? What can go wrong?

I don't think I can drop $50-$100 for a torque wrench right now. What parts of a bike are the most critical to get the torque just right? Is there a way to make sure the torque is ok without a torque ...
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What should I carry on day trips for emergencies?

While commuting or touring I use a off road trekking bike with racks, a water-proof bag and some tools in case of flat tyres. In my day trips I prefer my fitness bike and I want to be "fast and ...
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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 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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Replace Brompton folding pedal - what tool is needed?

I've managed to completely break the folding left-hand pedal on my Brompton. The bit where it fastens onto the crank* is fine, but the rest of it gone. What tool(s) do I need to remove the broken ...
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New, cheap mountain bike: What's most likely to break?

I have a very cheap (less than USD $100), new mountain bike I'm about to break in on a 2-4 hour ride on a mountain trail. I'd like to be prepared for equipment failures or problems - can anyone ...
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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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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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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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Equipment needed for Frame-building?

Since misunderstood question here, a new question with narrow scope. So what are equipments need for frame-building?
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How to objectively evaluate torque wrenches?

My local bicycle group bought very nice but very expensive torque wrenches (if I can remember right they cost about €300–500). My local discount store markets them for about €50. My local auction site ...
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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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Where can I get a basic toolkit for bicycle - Walmart etc?

I want some basic things in toolkit (like oiling of chain, tightening of brakes etc). Where can I find them and how much does it usually cost? I want to buy one, so can you name the basic tools with ...
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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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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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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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What is the lever on the head of my floor pump for?

I have a Wrench Force floor pump. There is a lever on the head of the floor pump which can be moved into one of two positions. What is this for? The pump automatically selects the correct valve and ...
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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 should I look for in a torque wrench?

It has come to the point where I need a torque wrench for installing things on my bicycle. What should I look for when purchasing one?
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What tools will I need to remove sprocket/what type will I need to order?

I have a flip-flop hub on a single speed track bike. I need to replace the rear sprocket (freewheel side) and chain. Id prefer to give this a go myself, but Not sure what tools I need to remove ...
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Tools required for trailbuilding?

Shovel, Saw, Roulette (very long, perhaps even geodetic roulette), Ax. The trail will be built in a forest. So there's no rocks, just dirt, small stones and a lot of roots. What else will I need to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to replace stripped spoke nipples?

I have 6 stripped spoke nipples on my rear wheel. Last night I took the tire off, took the, for lack of a better word, rim strip off, and started to try to unscrew the nipple from the rim. Before I ...
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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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removing freewheel MF-Z012 without tools

I'm trying to just add some grease to an old MF-Z012. some pages online says i can remove it just by spining the first gear agains the last one.(e.g. ...
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Does anyone have experience with Bottom Bracket Tap/Facing sets?

I'm interested in recommending my boss get the workshop in which I work a bottom bracket tap and facing set. As it's quite an investment it's important to me to know what you're getting for your ...
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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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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 ...